|c/o Michael Pomerleau|
Sometimes people think they know an actor by a role that he/she plays on television or in a movie. Here's an example of how wrong than perception can be.
Ed O'Neill, perhaps best known for playing the perpetually demoralized "Al Bundy" on Married... with Children for 11 seasons, is, in real life, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the direct tutelage of original UFC founder Rorion Gracie. (Here's a brief clip showing his promotion from brown to black belt in 2007.)
BJJ is different from most other martial arts, as it often requires no less than eight years of hardcore training before one is considered proficient enough to meet the requirements necessary for advancement. In fact, O'Neill himself needed more than a decade to rise from the white, blue, purple and brown belt ranks before he achieved the coveted black belt status. And that's pretty much par for the course.
Just remember y'all – it isn't usually wise to judge a book by its cover. That sad looking couch potato is possibly capable of making you squirm.