Mark Zuckerberg Scores Gold and Silver Medals at His First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is branching out into martial arts, and this week he not only competed in his very first Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament, but won gold and silver medals in his big debut.

"Competed in my first jiu-jitsu tournament and won some medals for the Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu team," the 38-year-old business magnate wrote on Instagram, thanking his trainers Dave Camarillo, Khai “the Shadow” Wu, and James Terry for working with him.

The accomplishment was confirmed by Jits. Magazine, which reported that he competed in the white belt master 2 lightweight division, winning medals in both gi and no gi jiu-jitsu at a tournament in Redwood City, CA.

Following his big win, Zuckerberg received accolades from a handful of high-profile athletes, including UFC champion Conor McGregor, who commented: "Yo!!! Fucking awesome Mark!"

He also got the support from his trainers, who shared Zuckerberg's victory to their own respective Instagram pages.

"I’ve been privileged to witness some amazing individuals do amazing things in my career. And I have been honored to play a small role in their life," Camarillo shared. "Yesterday was one of those times. It’s inspiring to see someone so known challenge themselves in a new arena. This goes to show how amazing the art of jiu-jitsu really is. It changes you, it enhances the power of will—it is magic."

Camarillo added that he was "honored" to train, teach, and learn from Zuckerberg.

"Yesterday getting to see [Zuck] compete was pretty epic," Wu wrote. "No match was easy and everything was earned. It was an honor to be able to help coach and offer any advice I could. Thank you for trusting us and being a part of our team."

Zuckerberg first opened up about his experience with jiu-jitsu during an August 2022 appearance on the The Joe Rogan Experience.

“I really like watching UFC for example, but I also like doing the sport. It’s because I have a connection to it," he said at the time. "Since COVID, I got super into surfing and foiling, and then really into MMA. I know a lot of people who do it."

"There’s actually this really interesting connection between people who surf and do jiu-jitsu," Zuckerberg continued. "I basically collected a bunch of recommendations, ran them by a bunch of people who I know, and I trained with this guy Dave Camarillo, Guerilla jiu-jitsu, the crazy thing is, it really is the best sport.”

But lest anyone think scoring gold and silver medals on his first rodeo was Zuckerberg's only recent fitness accomplishment—he also recently shared about running a sub-20-minute 5K.

"Good 5K with friends," he captioned a photo of his Garmin watch, which displayed a 19:34:8 finish time along with an impressive 6:16 mile pace. "Whole crew hit our sub-20-[minute] goal, but that before and after photo shows we had to push!"

All in a day's work for a billionaire, apparently.