Kate Upton has proudly achieved her first Jiu-Jitsu white belt.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model/actress shared a photo of the moment she received the first stripe on her white belt from her instructor at Houston’s Elite MMA.
Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art which involves manipulating your opponent’s force against themselves in close combat.
“I get a lot of belts for free but this one I earned!” she captioned the post.
According to a post on the academy’s Instagram page, the accolade came after “months” of training.
Kate’s instructor, “Coach J,” also shared the photo and took the opportunity to praise the 27-year-old’s commitment to the martial art.
“I am very proud and honoured to have @kateupton as a student. She is one of the hardest workers in the room, expects nothing but gives everything in every training session. From rolling 10 hard rds to sparring Muay Thai for an hour she is the definition of a fighter. Congratulations on your first stripe,” he commented.
Kate, who shares a 12-month-old daughter named Genevieve with her sportsman husband Justin Verlander, joins a growing list of celebrities who have hit the Jiu-Jitsu mat, including Tom Hardy, Ed O’Neill, Ashton Kutcher, and Keanu Reeves.
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