Dave Mustaine is now a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Dave Mustaine is now a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

The leader, guitarist and vocalist of American thrash metal band Megadeth, which incidentally recently released a new album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” despite recent serious health problems, continues to practice martial arts. And so recently, the 61-year-old musician earned a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He was promoted by Reggie Almeida, who runs Gracie Barra Spring Hill BJJ & Self-Defense in Tennessee.

The brown belt is only below the black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It takes at least five to eight years of hard training to go from novice white belt to brown belt. Almeida shared the news on his social media account:

Congratulations Dave Mustaine. All of us know how hard is to stay focus and work towards our goals. But with small and steady paces we will get there! One step closer!

Dave Mustaine has been practicing martial arts for a long time. In one of his interviews he said that he started taekwondo in 1999, before that he practiced kung fu and other martial arts, and he has a first degree in Ukidokan karate. Dave Mustaine says:

My sensei — Benny “The Jet” Urquidez — has the style of karate, kung-fu, aikido, judo, ju-jitsu, taekwondo, Greco-Roman wrestling, Muay Thai boxing and American boxing. So it’s all those things rolled into one. It’s a nine-style discipline. My second black belt is in Songham taekwondo and I was an assistant instructor in that style, and then I taught it privately for a while.

Well, you can read a review of Megadeth’s album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” here.