Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most popular martial arts. Over the past few years, thousands upon thousands of people have taken up this sport all around the world. And it seems that many of those who tread the red carpet have also joined in on the trend. The number of celebrities who train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is increasing rapidly. And there are some pretty surprising devotees among them.

Why are there more and more celebrities who train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

The answer lies in the benefits. Many actors turn to martial arts when they need intensive training in preparation for a physically demanding role. Other celebrities are undoubtedly motivated by the strong, toned body they know they’ll get from BJJ. The mental and physical benefits are endless, as are the famous names who have jumped on this trend.

Ashton Kutcher has a purple belt under Rigan Machado. This makes him one of the celebrities with a higher ranking than most.

Guy Richie is nothing less than a black belt. He frequently has one-on-one training sessions with Roger Gracie. A movie director, Richie often gets his crew involved in some BJJ training before shooting begins.

Keanu Reeves is known for training with the Machado brothers. If you’re a fan of Reeves, you’ll know that he’s long been a BJJ practitioner.

Nicholas Cage is taught by none other than Royce Gracie. Like Reeves, Cage has been a BJJ student for many years.

Scarlett Johansson, like many actors, took up martial arts training in preparation for a film role. In this instance, she was to play the Black Widow in the Marvel films. Johansson has completed extensive MMA and BJJ training.

Jim Carrey on the mat is no laughing matter. Who would have thought that the actor known for his wacky roles is a serious BJJ devotee? Another celebrity who trains under Royce Gracie, Carrey has a brown belt in BJJ.