Few Weeks After Joel Kinnaman, Charlie Hunnam Promoted to Blue Belt by Rigan Machado

It’s not a secret that Rigan Machado is training a lot of Hollywood actors and one of them is Charlie Hunnam. He’s well known for his roles in House Of Cards, Sons of Anarchy and Pacific RIM where he did a well known flying Omoplata (Check the video below). His main goal in BJJ is to be a Black Belt one day and according to Rigan Machado’s words, he’s on a good way to become one.

Hunnam practices together with a lot of other celebrity clients of Rigan Machado. The only difference is that they train under Rigan’s “limited Sparring Modifications of BJJ”. It was uncleared what that really means but Rigan explained it:

“Please tell us about your system of training for celebrities. Can one really improve in BJJ with limited sparring?”

“I have trained many celebrities and stunt individuals which is a great way of helping spread Jiu-Jitsu. It is also very beneficial for me because I learn to adapt my teaching methods based on the students requirements. Just because a celebrity can’t spar with everyone in the class doesn’t mean he or she should not be allowed to practice or learn Jiu-Jitsu. I love watching my celebrity students train because they, along with their training partners, have to flow and transition smoothly to prevent injury, something many Jiu-Jitsu practitioners don’t do that. They actually learn the techniques very effectively because when they roll with their training partners, they do not try to over power each other. All my celebrity clients possess the physical and mental capability to perform at a top level. I have to be extra cautious in my sparring methods because of the students have camera commitments. In addition many of them want to spar. I sometimes also spar with my celebrity students.”

Charles Joel Nordström, known professionally as Joel Kinnaman, is a Swedish actor. He is best known for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the “Best Actor” category. Also, he’s known for his roles in Robocop, suicide squad 2, House Of Cards and many more.

Joel Kinnaman is also one of the Rigan Machado Students very well known to the Grappling community as he’s a BJJ practitioner and one that usually put BJJ moves in his movies. He was promoted to blue belt by Rigan Machado only a few weeks ago.

Joel Kinnaman: “My favorite part of #alteredcarbon was getting to know and work with my stunt team. Now I gotta get ready for Hanna so I got a few days back at #8711 to sharpen up with the best guys in the business”

Check the Flying Omoplata performed in Pacific rim by Charlie Hunnam: