In an exclusive interview with the Jiu-Jitsu Times, celebrity philanthropist and body-positivity activist Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer spoke out for the first time about how Brazilian jiu-jitsu “changed his life.”
“I was embarrassed about who I was before. I thought my appearance meant everything because [all of the other reindeer] used to make me feel like that was all that mattered,” he said, his coat drenched in sweat after an hour-long class at ChristMats BJJ academy. “Now I know that even though my perceived flaw was only accepted after it was found to be exploitable, it’s my inner strength that truly matters. And I would have never figured that out if it weren’t for jiu-jitsu.”
Rudolph said that although his training was more about building up his own self esteem rather than tearing others down, the athleticism he gained through jiu-jitsu helped him “dominate” his peers at the very sports they once prohibited him from joining. “It’s like, yeah, you were a D-1 Reindeer Games champion back in the day, but how does that help you get out of a triangle choke?” he said with a shrug.
The cardio and confidence that Rudolph developed were particularly useful on Christmas Eve many years ago, when his employer (known publicly as “Santa Claus”) asked him to lead his team of reindeer through inclement weather. Rudolph claims that before jiu-jitsu, the endeavor would have been impossible. But after spending countless hours rolling with magical snowmen and overenthusiastic BJJ globetrotters, the journey was just another challenge.