Some of our favorite celebrities have some real dangerous hobbies, from black belts in mixed martial arts to MMA fighting. Take a look at some of these skillful stars who have what it takes to win a fight.
While this former Disney princess may seem sweet, Demi Lovato has some dangerous tricks up her sleeve, so watch out! Having trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2017, she's not a pop star we'd want to mess with.
Demi took to Instagram to share one of her proudest moments. "I'm so beyond excited because I just received my blue belt in #brazilianjiujitsu!!!! I fell in love with #BJJ over a year ago and have been training several times a week ever since." But she's not the only celebrity that has a few years of training under her belt.
The That 70's Show star began martial arts back in high school. After trying out wrestling, Kutcher eventually opted to pursue Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Since then, he's gone on to earn a Purple belt after training with famed instructor Rigan Machado.
According to Rigan, Kutcher's background in high school wrestling has helped him learn more quickly. In fact, he believes Ashton is the best starter he's ever trained and might even beat some pros. "If he decides to compete, he will do good," he assured, after inviting the actor to his events.
The former Victoria's Secret model has used MMA boxing as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. "I’m a big fan of boxing," the mom of two told Haute Living in an interview. "I used to live in New York, and I knew someone there who introduced me to the sport."
She's been practicing the sport for quite a long time and credits her trainer for keeping her motivated. "I fell in love with the 5th St. Gym and with Dino. He's an incredible coach," she shared. "I've been here for almost nine years, and there wasn't one single day that I've seen him in a bad mood."
Wiz Khalifa opened up to the Bleacher Report on his journey into the world of MMA fighting, saying that he learned the art to defend himself. "My cousins train jiu-jitsu and stand-up as well," the rapper said. "I just got tired of getting whooped, so I figured I would learn how to fight."
He went on to say that the "whoopings" took place "on the tour bus, backstage at concerts, at the house." Ultimately, Wiz wanted to change this. So, he started martial arts training and managed to add 35 pounds of muscle to his body. We for sure wouldn't want to mess with him.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. Has been practicing the art of Wing Chung Kung Fu since the early 2000s to develop self-control. "Wing Chun teaches you what to concentrate on," The Iron Man star said in an interview for Men's Journal. "Whether you're here or out in the world dealing with problems. It's second nature for me now."
The actor has been learning Win Chun with Si Fu (grandmaster) Eric Oram since the beginning. "When he first came to me, insurance companies wouldn't bond him for movies; he couldn't get roles," Oram said in the same interview. "He has committed himself to Wing Chun and turned his life around."
Logan Paul has been training in MMA fighting for some time before his debut match in 2019 against Olajide William Olatunji, according to Boxrec. He, unfortunately, lost the fight in the end, but that hasn't stopped him from gaining a tough reputation in the entertainment industry.
The YouTube star opened up to his fans on his channel, saying "boxing is by far the best thing that has happened to me." Paul's training schedule isn't nearly as intense as it was back in 2019, but that doesn't mean he isn't still incredibly skilled when it comes to martial arts.
The famous actor learned MMA fighting alongside some prominent stars like Joe Rogan for the 2012 MMA-UFC-themed movie Here Comes the Boom. Unfortunately, the film never really made it to the silver screen, but that certainly didn't stop James from falling in love with the art of fighting.
Since 2012, James has been practicing the sport on and off, as he discussed in an interview with Joe Rogan. His passion for letting out his energy is what gives him a stress-free lifestyle, like a lot of stars on this list. Suddenly, getting involved in martial arts sounds like a pretty good idea!
We'd be careful getting on Khloé Kardashian's bad side, considering she knows how to throw a punch or two. After sharing her training sessions with celebrity coach Gunnar Peterson on YouTube, the reality star amazed us. But that's not the only impressive feat the Good American mogul can tick off the list.
The reality star also has a new fitness brand, Khlo-Fit, which was featured in the video. When she's not busy in the gym, the MMA enthusiast is busy designing clothes that fellow fitness gurus can wear comfortably while breaking a sweat. Talk about mixing business with pleasure!
This Thor: Ragnarok star turned to the world of martial arts as a way to get his body into shape. Chris Hemsworth has shown up on a few workout routine videos on YouTube, showing the world what it takes to become a Norse god. Hint: it involves a lot of boxing and MMA sparring.
Boxing and MMA fighting are not the only martial arts that Hemsworth enjoys; He also trains in Muay Thai. Perhaps, it's no surprise his extensive routines have grown pretty popular on YouTube. Specifically his "Thor Workout" videos, which have raked in millions of views over the years.
It's fighting that helps the Fear Factor host feel at the top of his game everyday. "I see martial arts as moving forms of meditation," he told the Men's Journal in an interview. "When you're sparring or drilling techniques, you can't think of anything else," he explained of how it calms him down.
The YouTube host further explained in the interview how martial is are part of his philosophy: "human beings still have the same genes they had 10,000 years ago. Our bodies are designed to have a certain amount of physical stress and violence in them," Rogan shared.
November 2020 saw the release of a Jiu-Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage. With all the thrill, stunts, and action the movie had, many of the stars' fans began wondering if Cage really has a connection to martial arts. Well, the spoiler is that he actually does.
Building up quite the workout routine before filming Jiu-Jitsu was not a challenge for Nicolas Cage. He always had some form of passion for martial arts, which was why he agreed to do the movie in the first place. Some other stars on this list might not share the same passion, though.
The Superman actor does Jiu-Jitsu on a daily basis to keep up with his superhero physique. "I've done a little bit of boxing, but for me, the martial art I do the most is Jiu-Jitsu," Cavill said in an interview for Men's Journal. He also opened up about working with the famous instructor Roger Gracie.
But it didn't come easy for the actor, as he needed to keep his head in the game. "When you're doing Jiu-Jitsu, you can't think of anything but Jiu-Jitsu," he continued. "You have to focus fully on it, or someone chokes you out." Thanks for the heads up, Cavill!
This Wonder Woman star is not one to be messed with, as she reminded us on The Late Late Show With James Corden. How did she put it? "I'm Israeli; we go to the military. We know Krav Maga and everything," she joked. Evidently, this Hollywood icon knows her stuff!
Gadot enjoys taking on roles in action and superhero films for many reasons. Krav Maga, according to her, is at the top of the list. She has been practicing the art of self-defense and keeping a fit lifestyle as it could get exhausting. She even showcased her routine on Conan O'Brien's TBS show CONAN.
Jaden Smith had to learn Kung Fu at an early age before filming Karate Kid. The 11-year-old at the time also had to do it pretty well to avoid getting smacked on the scene. "You also have to block. If you don't block the hit, you're going to get hit in the face," he told Emanuel Levy in an interview.
Looking back at his start in the martial arts world, Jaden wasn't such a fan initially. Though eventually, he understood the beauty of martial arts. During an interview with NY daily news, Jackie Chan joked that Jaden was better at Kung Fu than his own son.
The filmmaker became a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie, a famous instructor of martial arts. He practiced the sport daily as a brown belt from the age of 39. Ritchie achieved black belt status by surprise when his coach came to award him at a film launch party he was hosting, according to GracieMag.
Guy Ritchie began training Jiu-Jitsu in England in the early 2000s with Maurição Gomes to continue with his son, Roger Gracie. His ex-wife, Madonna, famously said that Ritchie was "obsessed with Jiu-Jitsu, and he would spend hours rolling in his homemade mat area."
During an interview with methodshop in 2008, Lupe Fiasco said he has "a black belt in karate, two black belts in the styles of samurai sword fighting, kendo, and aikido." He also shared that he has "the equivalent of a black belt in Chinese wushu." And ever since, his indestructible passion has only grown.
The rapper frequently posts updates of his martial art skills on his Instagram, with many new videos of him trying out Aikido moves. Being elegant and precise with his movements, he seems to have taken the "art" part of "martial arts" pretty seriously.
The Last Dragon fighting machine Taimak started his martial arts journey at the ripe age of six. Opening up in an interview with Martialforce.com, he dove deeper into his Kung Fu passion, saying that the biggest influencers in his life were his father and Bruce Lee.
The star says that he has been practicing martial arts ever since he can remember. He also believes in the legacy that his movie and other Kung fu movies have instilled in society. "I'm happy because it seems that martial arts have become as popular as dance, boxing, and other disciplines," he said.
Michael Jai White
Being another early bird in the world of martial arts, Michael Jai White started training Jujutsu at age seven. Ever since then, he has mastered many other martial arts forms, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kyokushin Karate, Shotokan Karate, and Taekwondo, to name a few.
Michael Jai White famously wrote on Twitter that his martial arts training aims to "prepare him to defeat any fighter in the world." With many UFC fighters such as Mike Perry challenging him constantly, we wonder what the future will hold for the martial arts guru.
The Venom actor has been using the power of mixed martial arts, boxing, and Jiu-Jitsu to not only sculpt his shredded body but to clear his head. Gearing up with pro-MMA fighters like Nathan Jones and training five times per week, one could say that he is serious about his workouts.
The actor decided to take his sessions to social media for the world to see, uploading countless posts of him with his training buddies. Another thing he seems to really like showing the world is his workout routine too. We, for one, love seeing Hardy's fighting skills.
Having starred in more than 150 action movies since the 1960s, one could be wary of getting into a fight with Jackie Chan. But was it all just acting? The answer is definitely not. Having been trained in Wushu, Kung Fu, and Hapkido, this martial artist knows exactly what to do.
Jackie Chan actually knows his martial arts so well that the stunts in his movies are all-natural. He's so talented that he even played a stuntman in Bruce Lee's Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon. If he could pull off stunts for Bruce Lee, then we'd be careful of messing with this icon.
This Disney star had a rough start in her martial arts career. Being a young girl, she wanted to do ballet while her brother was more interested in Tae Kwon Do instead. "My mom only wanted to take us to one place, so we ended up choosing Tae Kwon Do," Brenda said in an interview for Mochi magazine.
Song revealed that she "cried all the way to her first lessons" but is now looking back at it and is happy she learned the skill. Currently holding a black belt in Korean martial arts, we would be happy too. Oh, and we certainly wouldn't want to mess with her!
In a video for Vogue, Hadid said that she turns to daily MMA boxing sessions to get runway-ready. The American model gave viewers a glimpse at her intense workout routine. She added at the end that she loves to do this workout in particular because “boxing makes me feel strong.”
Gigi looks like she has almost done it all. She's walked for Victoria's Secret, she showed up wearing works of famous designers like Versace, and Fendi and now, it appears she can kick-butt too. Gracing the camera and showing off her skills, we'll take it as a warning sign not to get on Hadid's bad side.
This motion-capture star and his martial arts go way back to when he was a kid. The young T.J. Storm started training in martial arts as a way to keep himself occupied. Storm went on to study Arashi-Ryu Karate, Taekwondo, Ninjutsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, just to name a few.
But his martial arts have given him much more than just a form of self-defense; He ended up having mastered forms of hip hop dancing and breakdancing. With his Hollywood stunt-man status and his motion-capture career, it seems safe to say that his decision to keep himself occupied was a good one.
Chuck Norris has practically trained in martial arts his entire life. Being a black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Judo, Norris went on to win many martial arts championships. After gaining a reputation in the scene, he founded his own discipline called Chun Kuk Do. Talk about discipline!
This legendary star ended up in Hollywood for many reasons, with one of them being his martial arts abilities. Norris later trained many other celebrities and was filmed alongside Bruce Lee. Some would say that he's one of the founders of modern-day martial arts film and culture.
This famous actress started training in martial arts when she was only 7-years-old, later getting her first black belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 13. Owing to her immense passion, she had founded three Taekwondo schools by the age of 21 has taught countless people.
The Vikings star keeps her martial arts a regular routine, frequently training actors and celebs. "I have a strong need to teach women self-defense," she explained to Entertainment Tonight. Winnick shared that she views it as much more than just a sport; She believes it could save lives.
The Matrix actor has always been one to surprise his fans, and this time filming for his newest film John Wick 3, is no exception. Being featured on a video of him training on the film's set, many fans were surprised to find out Keanu's learning martial arts.
"For me, it's a pleasure, but it's also pressure. You have got to be the best to be part of the vision," Reeves said in an interview on the video. He takes his training very seriously and even said that he'll incorporate martial arts into his daily routine. Better watch out!
Gisele found herself in the world of martial arts, notably Kung Fu and Tai Chi when she first moved to Boston. The model told Vogue that she loved it so much that she did it while she was pregnant. "I did Kung Fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born," Gisele told the magazine.
From the Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute, her teacher, Yao Li, told Vanity Fair in a special interview that "She wants it every day." Her trainer added that Gisele describes Tai Chi as "moving meditation" and that she does it every day. This mother-of-two seems like a force to be reckoned with.
The Kill Bill: Vol. 1 star began her martial arts training at a young age. And it wasn't a usual run-of-the-mill art. She trained in Kali-Eskrima-Silat, which is basically a weapons-based technique of fighting that involves all sorts of objects like sticks, knives, and other blades.
"If somebody is confrontational or rude, it makes me more confident," the actress told Jane Magazine during an interview about her passion for martial arts. "It gives you an inner strength, and that's what martial arts should be; it should come from inside," she added, explaining that she practices every day.