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Mark Zuckerberg Won Gold and Silver Metals at Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Mark Zuckerberg competed in his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament on May 6 and left with gold and silver medals. The sport, which the Meta CEO began practicing during the pandemic, helps him maintain energy and focus, he told podcaster Joe Rogan last year.

The tournament took place at a high school in Woodside, California, according to CNN. After drawing the first match, Zuckerberg won gold and silver in the white belt division. White is the first belt athletes receive. Zuckerberg posted his results on Instagram and Facebook, where Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Conor McGregor and jiu-jitsu world champion Bernardo Faria commented their support.

Zuckerberg has taken up a series of extracurriculars while running his company, many of which help him maintain a healthy lifestyle. During the pandemic, the executive began surfing and foiling, or a kind of surfing where the board lifts the rider higher above the water. In other years, he pledged to read a book every two weeks, run 365 miles in a year, learn Mandarin and practice vegetarianism. During his vegetarian year, he allowed himself to eat meat only from animals he had killed, as a way to practice gratefulness for the lives of living beings.

Physically and mentally stimulating activities like jiu-jitsu get Zuckerberg ready to solve problems at work and help him process the news each morning, he told Rogan.

In his work life, Zuckerberg is building up his social platforms to compete with TikTok, which has gained popularity for its short-form video content—a trend Zuckerberg admits he missed. He is also continuing his attempt at convincing shareholders and consumers that Meta’s Reality Labs division, which is developing metaverse and artificial intelligence technologies, is a worthwhile investment. The division lost $3.99 billion from January to March, slightly less than what it lost the previous three months but up 35 percent from the same period last year.

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