Mark Zuckerberg has been taking public Ls for a while now. While facebook was once burgeoning it’s now a staple for older generations outside the marketing demo. To counter these trends Facebook rebranded to Meta first acquired whatsapp and instagram and later re focused on so called metaverse.
In an attempt to promote metaverse – which was harshly criticized earlier this week after a rough graphics demo – Zuckerberg went on Joe Rogan experience to curry favor with the younger generation and pitch his innovations. But the most interesting part of the interview for martial arts fans was the fact that Zuckerberg had picked up martial arts a year ago – after resuming his duties on the mainland.
Zuckerberg explained that martial arts are his way of focusing considering it’s a barrage of bad news every day from the moment he gets up and starts reading his texts:
“And then it’s like, okay, well, f**k, now I need to like, go reset myself and be able to kind of be productive and not be stressed about this, how do I do that? So I basically I go, I like, I read, I taken all the information. And, and then I go do something physical for an hour or two, and just kind of reset myself. And over time, what I’ve found is that it’s not actually just, I used to run a lot. But the problem with running is you can think a lot while you’re running.”
“So I’ve, um, especially over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten really into things that require full focus.”
“I mentioned that I spent a bunch of time and in Hawaii, our family has a has a ranch down there and like I spent a lot of time foiling and surfing and it’s like, if you’re foiling or surfing and you’re on like a wave, you have to be you have to pay attention the whole time, right? Or else you’re gonna fall and maybe get held under and it’s like not, that’s not a great experience.”
” And this is sort of how I got into MMA too, is after now now, I don’t spend as much time in kawaii because things are ramping back up and I’m in the office a lot more. So it’s like, Alright, there’s, there’s not as much boiling in Palo Alto. So it’s like, Alright, what’s the thing that is both like, just super engaging physically, but also intellectually, and where you can’t afford to focus on something else?”
“And I think to some degree, it’s like MMA is like the perfect thing. Because it’s like, if you don’t, like you, you stop paying attention for one second, you’re gonna end up on the bottom. Yeah, right. So. So it’s, so I’ve just found that that is just really important for me, in terms of like, what I do and being able to just kind of maintain my energy level, maintain my focus, because then like, after, you know, an hour or two of, of working out or rolling or wrestling with friends or training with different folks, it’s like, now I’m ready to go solve whatever problem at work for the day and like I’ve fully processed all the different news for the day. That’s, that’s come in, and and we’re just ready to go.”
Rogan inquired: ‘So how did you how did you initially approach it? Like, how did you get a trainer like what did you do?’
“I know a bunch of people who are who are into it. There’s actually this really interesting connection between people who surf and do jujitsu. Oh, yeah. So so so. So a bunch of the guys who I do that with, you know, they, they kind of have gyms and kawaii and you know, I basically collected a bunch of recommendations ran them by a bunch of people who I know and I ended up I’m gonna train with this guy, Dave Camarillo. Guerrilla jujitsu. “
” He’s, he’s great. Yeah, super nice guy. And I feel like I’m learning a ton and that The crazy thing is like I’ve I don’t know, I mean, it’s, it really is the best sport. I don’t the question isn’t how did I get into it? It’s how did I not know about it until just now from from from like, from the from the very first session that I did like five minutes in I was like, Where has this been my whole life. I like it’s like, Alright, my mom made me do three varsity sports and like my life took a wrong turn when I chose to do fencing competitively instead of wrestling in high school or something, right?”
“It’s like, like, it’s like, there’s something that’s just so primal about it, that’s, I don’t, I don’t know, it’s, and I’ve since then I’ve just introduced a bunch of my friends to it. And that’s been really fun. Because now it’s like, we train together and we just like, wrestled together and just, I don’t know, there’s like, a certain intensity to it that I that I like it.”
“It’s, it’s sort of, I don’t know, maybe it’s like there’s this cultural thing where, where maybe a lot of people haven’t considered it, right, but I’ve had 100% hit rate of introducing friends to it and converting them to people who now train every single person who I’ve like, who I have, who I’ve kind of shown it to is like, this is amazing. This is like obviously how I should be training and working out.”
Rogan previously revealed:
“He’s [Mark Zuckerberg] a big fan of MMA. He loves it. He’s training now, he’s doing jiu-jitsu. [Rogan was then asked who Zuckerberg could potentially match up with]. Bezos? [Jeff] Bezos is a little older. It might be quite cruel to make him deal with Bezos, he might f**k Bezos up.”
Rogan also talked a bit with Zuckerberg over Mario Lopez and Tom Hardy competing in jiu-jitsu.