Superstar actor is now just one step away from getting his black belt in BJJ. He today received his brown belt from the hands of Rigan Machado, the BJJ instructor to the stars.
When news broke out that actor Ashton Kutcher had been promoted to purple belt by Rigan Machado back in the end of 2014, the BJJ community had mixed reactions. Some were happy about the news, many were not and some made comments about Kutcher not knowing how to tie a belt.
The problem seems to be the speed at which he was promoted to purple belt. Back in February 2014 he was a promoted straight to a ‘2 stripe blue belt’ by Machado. Kutcher wrestled all throughout his chilhood but he only started training under coral belt Rigan Machado in California about two years ago. While on trips abroad he has trained namely at Ricardo De La Riva’s in Rio de Janeiro and Roger Gracie academy in London. After daily private lessons for a year, he was promoted to BJJ blue belt (2 stripes) under Rigan Machado in February 2014.
Just how legit is Ashton Kutcher in BJJ?
A few years back, when Rigan Machado was asked by reporters how Kutcher would do against UFC fighter and BJJ brown belt Conor McGregor in a grappling match, Machado told TMZ Sports:
“I put all my money (on) Ashton Kutcher. I think he could do really, really good. He’s 200 pounds, 6-2, 6-3, he’s the best.”
“Ashton Kutcher, for me, is my No. 1 student. He’s a purple belt but he has a really good background in wrestling. I think he has a chance to be one of the top guys in jiu-jitsu.”