My name is Chad Hernandez Vázquez.
I am a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
and the Head Grappling Coach for Evolution Muay Thai
and together, we’re going to break down
the scenes in John Wick
in the grappling and hand-to-hand combat.
Here we go
And Common is not playing around,
Yeah, but there are all these like huge motions, right?
[Logan] It’s very Kung-Fu like.
[Chad] So there’s two things that happen,
John Wick tried doing an Ōuchi Gari
and then Common reversed it with
John Wick in the exchange, he caught a leg,
and I think the move he was trying to perform
is was referred to as an Ōuchi Gari.
I believe he had his right leg in front
left leg in the back
I believe this hand was grabbing the jacket
Now hands push forward here
Here we go
Right to that leg
1, 2, Out, Circle
Common countered really cool with a flying arm-bar
and I believe that was available because John Wick
had the jacket grip.
Just to give you an idea
This is where the characters were
John Wick started his movement
and from here
Common jumped and brought that leg over
and rolled him over to a down-position
so the general rule in breaking joints
is you always want to try and control the joint above it
Right? In this case, I’m attacking the elbow.
I’ll make sure my legs are firmly pressed
against this joint.
From here I should have a good grip on the hand / wrist
That’s where the leverage
and my grips will be like so
you would want to pull this elbow up
pull this into the hip joint
the bone here
to break this elbow
and that’s the action
From here John Wick managed to grab
his hand and come up
[Chad] From what I saw, the arm is pretty extended
He was really laid back here
I don’t see how that’s possible
How you grab your hand and pull it back
from here, if I was doing the job right
I mean, this is going.
I have too much leverage here.
Even if he was able to grab his hand here,
it’s so extended, I could still break the elbow.
So I don’t see how that was possible coming
up at that point.
Somehow he did
What you really want to do is way before then
you’d want to grab earlier, pull down
maybe, create like a pretzel
and then this is more effective
and can us this to rock up
but somehow John Wick
he grabbed his arm
came up, and they continued the fight scene.
So that’s definitely, Hollywood playing it’s
role in the movement of the scene
and how it moves from one scene to the other.
[Chad] Now here’s going to be a straight Jiu-jitsu
scene right here.
[Chad] So he’s using like a spider guard
cross sleeve into a lasso
Inversion to a sweep
And the sweep I don’t know if it’s a tripod sweep.
Right into mount
Now there were weapons involved
Common, I’ll be Common, had the knife
Logan, John Wick, had a gun
My right hand has a knife, his left hand has a pistol
Let’s go into the guard that Common used.
Guard is a term used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
to refer to what a bottom person
is doing with their limbs
to control a top person, there’s different
attacks you can do.
So let’s go right into the first exchange here.
Had a grip like so.
I had a knife, John Wick is blocking it.
Foot in the hip
Foot on the bicep
First thing I don’t really get
is how I’m not getting shot.
I don’t see how that I can stop that.
If that was a knife, that’s a different
story, obviously, right?
If he’s trying to stab some of my torso.
But, whatever, it is what it is.
From here this hand
he goes into a cross sleeve grip
and he rotates the gun around
his head to not get shot and turns it.
Now the whole time, Common is still holding
on to his knife.
From here, he now adds what is called a lasso
so from the script he goes here
by then, John Wick has let go
Common still has the knife
and Common does an inversion
to set up a sweep I believe.
He rotates around to better turn that grip.
His feet from what I could see
one foot is on the hip
the other goes back beyond the ankle
and from what it looks like from here,
he trips him down to the floor
in which he enters the mount position.
I think it’s a pretty cool shot to seeing
like really cool lasso stuff there.
To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’ve
ever seen that before in any other movie
to use Jiu-Jitsu in that way.
But with the gun involved
that’s very Hollywood,
I don’t see how he could’ve stopped himself from
getting shot in that position
[Chad] So now from right here, you’ll see
a fireman’s carry
That’s a fireman’s carry.
Now I don’t know which choke he’s trying to do here
I think hard to tell because the jacket is really dark.
but I don’t know how realistic that is.
Now here is where I’m a little bit confused,
I don’t know exactly how John escaped
But it looked like Common
took the jacket and was trying to like
do something like this to choke him.
I don’t know how effective this is.
I don’t think so.
I think a better control was actually established
a back control
and if you’re gonna use the jacket to choke someone
you use something what’s referred
to a rear cross collar choke,
so I grab the collars
this one very high,
this one very low.
Now where wearing clothing
so I might have to bundle up, the material, to
develop a good cutting weapon.
So from here, I really bundle it up like so
and I grab the other collar here
and from here, I got my rotation and pull.
Alright, the goal for that choke is to cut
off blood flow to the head
attacking the carotids
which creates a very fast knock out.
That would’ve been a much more effective answer
in that fight in that particular scene
than what I think Common was doing.
Overall, I thought it was pretty dope.
You see techniques from Judo, Sambo, Wrestling,
and of course Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
I don’t think I ever seen collar sleeve, lasso
type techniques in a movie before.
I mean of course, if you guys have you could
probably leave it in the comment section.
It had a good flow
Of course, yes, I mentioned there are some
unrealistic aspects to it
but with how it moved from shot to shot
how the technique kinda of guide
the characters through the environment
and then of course they
beautifully combined it well with
gun work and knife work.
Imma give it an A
Imma give the overall scene an A
and I think if I’m right
Keanu Reeves worked with the Machado
which are a really big name in the
Brazilian Jui Jitsu community
they did a fantastic job.
I thought it was really awesome.
Hey guys, I want to thank you for watching!
If you want to learn more of these techniques,
and how they really work,
I recommend you come by to Evolution Muay Thai
Right here in New York City.
Again, I cover the grappling program and from
there we teach take-downs, striking
we put it all together
So, if you guys are definitely in New York City
and if you want to try to learn
the stuff you saw in these scenes,
come by and try a class out.