Bourdain — who was open about his struggles with addiction and past drug use — turned his life around partially due to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and he used his fame to help promote the art.
The jiu-jitsu world is saddened by the loss of one of its most enthusiastic ambassadors, and some of the biggest names in the art took time to mourn the loss of Anthony Bourdain.
Professor Tom DeBlass also shared the ADCC’s post of Bourdain, calling the passing “tragic.”
WHEN YOUR AN ADDICT AND SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION NO MATTER HOW GOOD LIFE LOOKS ON THE OUTSIDE INSIDE SOMEDAYS ITS A LIVING…
Four years ago, Anthony Bourdain was just beginning his jiu-jitsu journey and I had the privilege of working with him backstage at UFC 175. He was one nicest and most gracious people I have ever met. Over the next several years, he grew into one of BJJ’s biggest ambassadors. His enthusiasm was unmatched, and the fact that he began training later in his life inspired people everywhere to get off the couch and onto the mat. I always wished my grandfather could have met Anthony and seen how much he did to educate the world about jiu-jitsu – now he will have his chance. We lost one of the greatest of all time and he will be missed forever. Love and prayers for his family. 🙏🏽
Posted by Gracie Breakdown on Friday, June 8, 2018
We will continue to update this list as more tributes are posted.