Joe Rogan Taekwondo
We all know Joe Rogan, the guy on a popular podcast PowerfulJRE (Joe Rogan Experience), who brings famous people and his friends on the show. What is so fascinating about Joe is his ability to connect and have an in-depth conversation with people on his show about various topics.
Joe’s favorite topics include the mystery of space, how people view the world, global warming, drugs, life, comedy, bullying, sex. However, when it comes to material arts, Joe is extremely passionate. One of his most favorite topics to talk about!
At age 15, Joe started taking taekwondo classes and won the US Open Taekwondo championship, so Joe is a dedicated practitioner of the Martial arts and a student of the game.
Joe Rogan Taekwondo Record
Joe Rogan has won the taekwondo state championship four times and won a US open taekwondo championship at the age of nineteen in a lightweight category. Sometimes state championships can be equally challenging as winning the national taekwondo championship, depending on the competition. However, having won the US open taekwondo championship gives him a lot of credibility in Taekwondo.
The fact that he won Massachusetts State Championship 4 times in a row shows his dedication to taekwondo early part of his life.
Joe did not participate in any international taekwondo competition (a highly competitive selection process representing the US at the international level).
Joe did not pursue Taekwondo further because there is was no money and a potential future for him in the sport. (Taekwondo was not as popular back then and was also not an Olympic sport back in the 1980s when Joe Rogan participated in Taekwondo. Instead, Joe focused more time later, dedicating his time to learning Kickboxing and Comedy.
Joe got great with kicks. Yet, Joe realized Taekwondo does not use hands so much as you focused on kicking. Your hand usually always stays down in taekwondo.
Therefore, he found a limitation in Taekwondo, which is excellent for kicking, useful in MMA or streetfight. Still, it would help if you also were good with your hands.
Joe Rogan Taekwondo Belt
Joe holds a black belt in Taekwondo. The amount of time to get a 1st-degree black belt varies according to the school you train. On average, it takes three to five years to get a black belt in Taekwondo. Joe has put in enough time and dedication to earn his taekwondo black belt.
And not every black belt in taekwondo actively participates in competitions. Joe actively took part in many taekwondo competitions and was successful at it.
Joe Rogan Taekwondo History
Being a taekwondo student since Joe was a teenager (with learning Shotokan Karate a year before learning Taekwondo) helped Joe to start learning various stances and fundamentals of kicking.
What is so cool from the clip below of Joe Rogan knocking a guy out with a back kick to the body is how effortless and natural the kick looks. It is beautiful!
Joe knocked out a black belt, which means the other guy is not a beginner in the sport, and it takes a lot of practice and dedication to execute back kick and spinning hook kick perfectly, particularly during competition.
What’s interesting is there are no fighting mats. Things were different back then!
Joe Rogan also taught Taekwondo at Boston University. Joe Rogan has a long history with Taekwondo before he even started MMA, which he is deeply passionate about.
Where did Joe Rogan Learn Taekwondo?
Joe Rogan learned Taekwondo in the Boston area. He trained under a Korean instructor, but It is not clear which Taekwnodo school he went to; however, this is an interesting Joe Rogan story.