Kudos to Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory for taking second place in the Superheavy division and second in the Absolute division at the 2021 US National Jiu Jitsu Championship.
For those who have followed the FFDP guitarist over the years, his passion for different types of martial arts should come as no surprise. In March, it was revealed that Bathory had obtained his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt presented by his instructors – four-time world champion and 7th degree red / black belt, master Royler Gracie and fifth degree black belt BJJ world champion, Professor Mica Cipili.
The musician has practiced a variety of martial arts over the years and is also a black belt in judo, a practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu under Grandmaster Randy Williams and has obtained his modern combat close combat instructor certificate. of the US Army under Professor John Simons III and Professor Iako Kalili.
Writing about his latest Jiu Jitsu challenge, Bathory confirmed via Facebook his second place finish. “American National Jiu Jitsu Championship [ International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation] – Got second place in the Superheavy division – and second place in the absolute division (which was absolute war) – I love my extended family – this Jiu-Jitsu community where we can fight the scorched earth with strength – and then after the fight, we became best friends again … #respect #honor “
The guitarist also revealed that while he had fun, he broke a toe during the event. “Thanks to everyone I’ve shared the rug with. – and my team Gracie Humaita Las Vegas Team Mica – Mica Cipili,” the guitarist concluded.
For those wondering how Bathory was able to reach the heights of the jiu-jitsu he accomplished while devoting time to Five Finger Death Punch and managing other bands, the guitarist said earlier this year: “All our security guys are Jiu-Jitsu black belts, this is a requirement for the job so I can work out while we are on the road. When I am at home I work out in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academies in Las Vegas, and I also have a personal dojo in my house.