I'm sure everyone around here knows by now that UFC commentator Joe Rogan
was a US Open Tae Kwon Do champion, but did you also know that... Novelist John Irving
, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, college professor, and author of "The World According to Garp", "The Hotel New Hampshire", and "The Cider House Rules" is also a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Actress Kelly Hu
("The Scorpion King", "X-Men 2") holds a Black Belt in kanzen budo kai karate. I'd never heard of that style before, but I read somewhere that it's an offshoot of Shotokan.
Tony- and Oscar-nominated playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet
("Wag the Dog", "Spartan", "The Spanish Prisoner") studies Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He's currently working on a film titled "Redbelt", starring Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Dirty Pretty Things", "Serenity"). Film director Guy Ritchie
("Snatch", "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels") is a student of Renzo Gracie.
You probably already know that President of Russia, Vladimir Putin
holds a Black Belt in judo and sambo, but did you know that former President of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln
was a noted catch-as-catch-can wrestler? "Catch wrestling", as it's more commonly known today, is a submission-fighting form of wrestling, whose most notable practitioner today is Josh Barnett.
I'm sure there are others. Fire away...