Do you know who Anthony Bourdain is? If you don't you probably need to know. Everyone loves food and he is a food NERD. He's as nerdy about food as most of us are about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He had a well known show on the Travel Channel about culinary and cultural adventures known as No Reservations & The Layover. From here he gained national notice and his talents moved over to CNN where he currently hosts Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. In a nut-shell...he travels all over, specifically NOT tourist attractions looking for delicious, "unknown" places to eat excellent food. He is not limited to visiting places within our United States. He visits exotic countries leaving few stones un-turned.
So some may be asking...why in the heck is this being posted on a Jiu-Jitsu blog site? Well he has a passion for Jiu-Jitsu like most of us. The only difference is he is a well known celebrity and I find it really cool to see how far Jiu-Jitsu reaches out and has an impact on the lives of people outside of the normal population.
To a degree I can relate to Bourdain as I myself started training Jiu-Jitsu at an older age (30) and have a lot of respect for his approach to training and enjoying the sport. From what I have seen and read about Bourdain he is really down to earth and has very little ego on the mats. Like many of us he sees it as a challenge to help better himself and of course he enjoys the learning aspect of it.
I don't have any particular desire to see our sport be adopted by the majority of people...I think that it feels more special when you can relate to the minority of people that share the passion...so seeing someone on occasion that seems to be the last person you might expect to also share that passion makes it a little extra special.
Ironically, Anthony Bourdain's wife, Ottavia, is the one responsible for exposing him to Jiu-Jitsu.
I highly recommend reading more about their relationship with Jiu-Jitsu here: http://www.sbnation.com/2014/1/22/5334360/anthony-bourdain-interview-mma-jiu-jitsu-training (EXCELLENT INTERVIEW)
His wife, Ottavia, regularly competes and is very dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu. Serves her right. She needs some hobbies while her husband is traveling the world working on his tv show!
|Anthony Bourdain & his wife Ottavia|
For those interested in seeing what Bourdain is up to be it his travels, food, or Jiu-Jitsu exploits I HIGHLY recommend following him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyBourdain?fref=ts
I had known about his passion for Jiu-Jitsu for a while and seeing this recent video of Bourdain on the Charlie Rose show motivated me to put a small piece together to share with those that might not be aware of him.
(Link for mobile users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjHXipJoAqU)