American practitioners of Brazilian jiu-jitsu

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  1. Paul Walker

    Paul Walker


    Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming-of-age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained international fame for his portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, and would reprise the role in five of the next six installments. He also starred in films such as Eight Below, Timeline, Into the Blue, Joy Ride and Running Scared.

  2. Chris Evans

    Chris Evans


    Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans (born June 13, 1981) is an American actor and director. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).

  3. Kellan Lutz

    Kellan Lutz


    Kellan Christopher Lutz (born March 15, 1985) is an American model and actor. He is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012), and has since played Poseidon in the 2011 film Immortals, Tarzan in the 2013 animated film Tarzan, and Hercules in the 2014 film The Legend of Hercules.

  4. Lucas Till

    Lucas Till


    Lucas Daniel Till (born August 10, 1990) is an American actor. He began acting in the early 1990s starting at a young age, and has since appeared in a number of films and television parts, including roles on House, Hannah Montana: The Movie, X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Lucas also starred in the music video for Taylor Swift's song, "You Belong with Me". Lucas starred in the recent (2015) film, Bravetown , opposite Josh Duhamel.

  5. C.M. Punk

    C.M. Punk


    Phillip Jack "Phil" Brooks (born October 26, 1978), better known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American mixed martial artist, comic book writer, actor and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in WWE, where he is the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era, having held the title for 434 days from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013. His reign is officially recognized as the sixth longest of all time, as well as the longest since 1988.

  6. Gina Carano

    Gina Carano


    Gina Joy Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American actress, television personality, fitness model, and former mixed martial artist (MMA).

  7. Eve Torres

    Eve Torres


    Eve Torres Gracie (born Eve Marie Torres; August 21, 1984) is an American dancer, model, actress, and former professional wrestler. She is best known for her work with WWE as Eve Torres or simply Eve.

  8. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris


    Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do.

  9. Wesley Snipes

    Wesley Snipes


    Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy. He formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991, and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12, earning a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido.

  10. Jeffrey Donovan

    Jeffrey Donovan


    Jeffrey Donovan (born May 11, 1968) is an American actor. He played Michael Westen in the television series Burn Notice. He also starred in film roles, such as Hitch, Believe in Me, Changeling and Come Early Morning. He played Robert F. Kennedy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (2011) and had a recurring role in the second season of the TV miniseries Fargo.

  11. Joe Rogan

    Joe Rogan


    Joseph James "Joe" Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, actor, mixed martial artist, and UFC color commentator. He is known for his work commentating for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, hosting the NBC reality show Fear Factor, playing Joe Garrelli on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio as well as hosting The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. His most recent hosting role on the Joe Rogan Questions Everything premiered on Syfy in July 2013.

  12. Antonio Sabato Jr.

    Antonio Sabato Jr.


    Antonio Sabàto, Jr. (born February 29, 1972) is an American actor and model. Born in Italy and raised in the United States, Sabàto first became known as a Calvin Klein model and for his role on the soap opera General Hospital. He has continued appearing in films and television series throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

  13. Maynard James Keenan

    Maynard James Keenan


    Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan; April 17, 1964), often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American progressive metal singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning American progressive metal band Tool. He is originally from Ohio, but spent his high school and college years in Michigan. After serving in the Army in the early 1980s, he attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988 to pursue a career in interior design and set construction. Shortly thereafter, he formed the band Tool with Adam Jones.

  14. Sean Patrick Flanery

    Sean Patrick Flanery


    Sean Patrick Flanery (born October 11, 1965) is an American actor, known for playing Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints, Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone, Jeremy "Powder" Reed in Powder, Indiana Jones in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, as well as Bobby Dagen in Saw 3D. He is also known for his role as Sam Gibson on The Young and the Restless in 2011. He starred in Devil's Carnival, a short film which was screened on tour beginning in April, 2012.

  15. Michael Clarke Duncan

    Michael Clarke Duncan


    Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He was also recognized for his appearances in motion pictures such as Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, The Scorpion King and Daredevil, as well as voice acting roles in works such as Brother Bear, Kung Fu Panda and Green Lantern.

  16. Clark Gregg

    Clark Gregg


    Robert Clark Gregg (born April 2, 1962) is an American actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as Phil Coulson in the films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and Marvel's The Avengers (2012), and in the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He also voices the character on the animated television series Ultimate Spider-Man. Gregg has also co-starred as Christine Campbell's ex-husband Richard in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, which debuted in March 2006 and concluded in May 2010. He also played FBI Special Agent Mike Casper on the NBC series The West Wing and Cam, the on-and-off boyfriend of Jack (and client of Grace) on the NBC series Will & Grace.

  17. James Chico Hernandez

    James Chico Hernandez


    James "Chico" Hernandez (born April 14, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is an accomplished athlete in the sport of Sambo and a seven-time member of the Team USA National Team.

  18. Chuck Liddell

    Chuck Liddell


    Charles David "Chuck" Liddell (born December 17, 1969) is a retired American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion. Liddell has an extensive striking background in Kempo, Koei-Kan karate and kickboxing, as well as a grappling background in collegiate wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Liddell holds the record with the most knockouts in UFC history at thirteen. Liddell had 23 fights in the UFC, and along with Randy Couture, is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

  19. Michael Dudikoff

    Michael Dudikoff


    Michael Joseph Dudikoff (born October 8, 1954) is an American actor who has been in numerous films, including the American Ninja series (1985–1990), Tron (1982), Bachelor Party (1984), Platoon Leader (1988), River of Death (1989), Soldier Boyz (1996), Ringmaster (1998) and The Silencer (1999).

  20. Ed O'Neill

    Ed O'Neill


    Edward Leonard "Ed" O'Neill (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as the main character, Al Bundy, on the Fox Network sitcom Married... with Children, for which he was nominated for two Golden Globes. Since 2009, O'Neill has played patriarch Jay Pritchett on the award-winning ABC sitcom Modern Family, a role for which he has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and won three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  21. Taimak



    Taimak (pronounced Tie-Mock) Guarriello (born June 27, 1964) is a martial arts actor and stuntman, best known as Leroy Green in the 1985 martial arts film The Last Dragon. He was born in New York, to a Black mother, and an Italian father.

  22. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett


    Richard Allan Ream (born August 8, 1961), better known by the stage name Rikki Rockett, is an American drummer for the multi-platinum selling Hard rock band, Poison. The band have sold over 45 million records worldwide and have sold 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn".

  23. Susan May Pratt

    Susan May Pratt


    Susan May Pratt (born February 8, 1974) is an American actress. She played Maureen Cummings in Center Stage and Mandella in 10 Things I Hate About You.

  24. Kit Cope

    Kit Cope


    Kristopher Lee "Kit" Cope (born March 17, 1977) is an American Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competes in the FeatherweightLightweight and Welterweight divisions. A four-time professional Muay Thai World Champion, Cope also fought in the K-1, Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting promotions.

  25. Forrest Griffin

    Forrest Griffin


    Forrest Griffin (born July 1, 1979) is an American retired mixed martial artist and a UFC Hall of Famer. Since 2005, he has been signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Griffin, a former Georgia police officer, first rose to prominence after winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. In the tournament finals, he fought and defeated Stephan Bonnar in Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, which is widely credited as sparking the current success of the UFC. He went on to serve as a coach on the The Ultimate Fighter 7 opposite Quinton Jackson. Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra are the only fighters to go from winning The Ultimate Fighter to winning a UFC championship.

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