For his role in John Wick Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves endured intense Jujitsu training to become the takedown machine that Wick is. To commemorate the film’s DVD release, loaded was put through the paces of what a taste of that training would be like.
Everyone on both films was encouraged to train in elements of jujitsu, a combat sports system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Reeves trained hard, and the proof is in the punch.
It’s definitely not as easy as it looks. But according to our jujitsu master at The Boxing Clinic in Angel – when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu it’s all begins with one key element, shrimping.
Named after the position a prawn makes, this is one of the first movements you learn in the technique, and it will get anyone, including John Wick out of a sticky situation.
Another staple technique in BJJ is the choke, which was probably the most enjoyable position of all to attempt since it involves crushing a person’s head between your thighs until they fall asleep.
There’s also the arm bar, made famous by Ronda Rousey as a key move in many of her bouts. It can in some cases dislocate a person’s elbow or worse tear their tendons from the bone.
If you look closely at the flawlessly choreographed fight scenes in John Wick: Chapter Two you can spot many of these moves being utilised.
John Wick Chapter 2 is out now on DVD + Blu-Ray.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.