Mark Zuckerberg just won some medals in his jujitsu tournament debut after calling the sport ‘primal’

May 9, 2023, 5:13 PM UTC
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Mark Zuckerberg won silver and gold medals at a jujitsu tournament.
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Mark Zuckerberg is a man of many passions. He’s been known to hunt wild boars with a bow and arrow and foilboard in Hawaii, and he once posted a video of himself throwing a spear

Among his more recent endeavors is Brazilian jujitsu, a martial art that uses methods of grappling and ground fighting. Zuckerberg not only trains in the sport, but recently won a tournament. 

“Competed in my first jiu jitsu tournament and won some medals for the Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu team,” Zuckerberg posted on Facebook Saturday, following a competition in Redwood City, Calif. 

The billionaire reportedly took up jujitsu during the pandemic, when much of the world was in lockdown. In a 2022 episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Zuckerberg said he found the sport “primal” and that it improved his energy levels as well as his ability to focus at work.  

“Getting to see @zuck compete was pretty epic,” Khai Wu, one of Zuckerberg’s trainers, wrote in an Instagram post about the recent tournament. “No match was easy and everything was earned. It was an honor to be able to help coach and offer any advice I could.”

Other veterans praised Zuckerberg, too. Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor commented on the post saying: “Yo!!! F***ing awesome Mark.”

The 38-year-old CEO of Meta has previously taken up many new skills, often as part of his annual challenges (jujitsu was not one of them). In the past, he has made New Year’s resolutions to visit all 50 states in the U.S., learn Mandarin, and only eat meat from animals that he kills himself. In 2019, his goal was to have more public discussion on how technology will be used in society.

“I’m going to put myself out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the tradeoffs we face, and where we want to go,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post in early 2019, announcing his next mission. At the time, Meta, facing growing scrutiny over its privacy regulations, had been called to testify before lawmakers. 

But in 2020, Zuckerberg decided he wouldn’t make any more public New Year resolutions, and would instead work on thinking about long-term goals. 

“Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030 so I can make sure I’m focusing on those things,” the Meta CEO wrote in a Facebook post at the time.

Meta is currently going through a self-imposed “year of efficiency.” The company has conducted mass layoffs impacting tens of thousands of employees, and is also in the process of implementing artificial intelligence features into its platforms as “A.I. agents” as it continues to invest in its metaverse.

The tech company reported $28.65 billion in revenues and 2.04 billion daily active users for the first three months of 2023, beating analyst estimates on nearly all metrics.

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