Do you know , a professional skateboarder following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Tony Hawk, is also a BJJ blue belt?

And, well, he has found many similarities between Jiu-Jitsu and skateboarding – with the former being a lot of help for the latter.

However, Hawk’s thoughts about Jiu-Jitsu were somewhat different before he started practicing it:

“I didn’t really know much about it but I just figured you need to be kind of tough and like a certain type of person to do it, or maybe get good at it.He just always said it was just fun and that was like a concept I never really thought about.I just figured it was just intense, which it is, but at the same time it is kinda what you make it and it can be fun too”.

BJJ also brought his passion for skateboarding back in a way:

“Starting Jiu-Jitsu kinda made skating fun again in a weird way, it just made it feel like I didn’t need to put so much pressure on myself with the way I handled skating”.

Watch the video below for more of Riley Hawk’s thoughts on Jiu-Jitsu and how it had impacted him and his life: