Anthony Bourdain had an anonymous Reddit account, which he used to write about Jiu-Jitsu.
Posted almost exclusively in the popular r / bjj Reddit community, Bourdain’s comments, featuring his self-deprecating beards, have long been assumed to be him by some Redditors. Now Bourdain’s wife, Ottavia Busia (and “an additional source” close to Bourdain), has confirmed The rolling stone they were him.
The rolling stone reported on Saturday: “Eventually the tone and rhythms, the distinctive attitude of NooYawkCity’s writing, began to become recognizable to discerning Redditors. They suspected that these were the reflections of Anthony Bourdain, the famous chef, author and TV star, who died by suicide in 2018 at the age of 61. Bourdain’s wife Ottavia Busia – who introduced him to Brazilian jiujitsu – later confirmed as much as an additional source close to host No Reservations. “
Bourdain’s Reddit profile was “u / NooYawkCity”.
His first comment, titled “58-year-old white belt,” made seven years ago, was as follows:
“I’ve been training for about a year and only recently got really hooked. From once every few weeks, to once a week to most days. Now it’s an obsession. I’m in shit form, I get gasoline early and sure enough it hurts a lot after training. Given the limits of any reasonable expectation, am I screwed? “
Reddit user Flybrand wrote in response, “38-year-old white belt; came back after a 10 year hiatus because of people like you. Persevere. “
Some of Bourdain’s other comments in the r / bjj community, we think, hold life and fitness lessons that we can all learn from – whether it’s finding an obsession (if you want to put yourself in the fit and you’ve never been fit) or show respect when traveling.
In an article titled “Chicken fried steak,” Bourdain wrote: “58 year old and so gassed during warm-ups, that when we start rolling I end up putting my own head in an obvious guillotine – just to make a pause . A utterly humiliating class yesterday, but today I showed up privately with 250 pounds of muscle and bone so I could get pounded like a fried chicken steak.
“Why am I doing this? I don’t know. I’m like a dope demon at this point. If I can’t practice, I start to withdraw. Walk around, shaking, restless and pissed off. . At least with dope it feels good afterwards. After training I feel like a praised and unloved mule. All the other white belts (many, many younger) all seem to come back from long breaks because of from an injury.
“Strangely enough, so far everything has been fine for me. I might feel like a flimsy box of stale breadsticks, but I managed to avoid injury (even discomfort). I never enjoyed the pain. I don’t care if it’s Gisèle Bunchen who comes towards me in thigh-high boots brandishing a riding crop, I’m not interested. Still, I insist on getting run over on the rugs every day and feel deprived if I can’t. It’s not normal. When I talk about BJJ old friends look at me like I have an arm sticking out of my forehead. But I won’t stop. I can not stop.
This post has led some commentators to guess that it could be Bourdain.
He also wrote on another occasion: “I travel a lot and visit a lot of different academies. And frankly, I don’t care which photo I’m asked to bow to: Helio, Carlos, Carlson, Maeda – or if I have to bow every time I walk in or leave the rugs, greet the instructor, greet my classmates… I do. This is their home. I am fortunate to benefit in one way or another from the hundreds, if not THOUSANDS, of painfully acquired hours of experience that these traditions represent, however silly they may seem. I play by the house rules. Period. What if I don’t like your period? I’m not coming to your place.
He also commented on another post (“Joe Rogan says Ottavia Bourdain got Anthony into jiu jitsu by bribing him with Vicodin in exchange for his leaving, lol. Also mentions that he trains twice a day” ), seeming to confirm the rumor. In response to one user writing: “Wait, am I the only one who thinks she was joking when she said that?” Bourdain said: “It would be a reasonable assumption. Also the fact of the matter.
Another one Publish was: “57 when I started. I had never been to a gym in my life. Heavy smoker for life. Overweight.”
“Coming on 59 now. I train everyday, wherever I can. If I am at home, I will do a private lesson followed by a GenPop lesson. Everyday. . If I am absent, I will take what I can get: preferably classes with a little hard turnover. It can be, as I have discovered, a mystery basket, as the levels of aggressiveness and acceptable techniques tend to vary. Cranks and can openers, for example, seem like a polite way to start a roll in parts of Eastern Europe.
“The conventional wisdom is that I should allow myself a recovery time. This daily training is not wise. I say shit. The clock is turning. I’m not getting faster, more flexible, or more durable. I have to get the training I can – learn as much as I can, get as good as I can get before I leave this life the way I started it: in diapers and screaming. “
Another time he wrote: “For over 40 years my life has been pretty much around drugs. Alcohol and cigarettes are almost the background music for my favorite drugs (heroin and cocaine). Drug free but a drinker until I started BJJ – at that point the inevitability of getting crushed every day made alcohol a much less appealing option and cigarettes out of the question. Frankly, BJJ as an addiction has in many ways superseded my previous ones. If I’m far from my home academy, I find myself looking for a place to train like a drug addict looking for a methadone clinic. My emotional state when deprived of training would, under different circumstances, be referred to as “drug seeking behavior”.
Watch more of Anthony Bourdain’s advice (in this case, specifically on travel), in the video below