All martial art styles used in John Wick

The John Wick movies are a thrilling assassination series that include a wide variety of martial arts. The John Wick film series has expanded into the summer blockbuster season with the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The first film in the series was released in 2014. The detailed and intricate action sequences in the John Wick series are a major reason for the series’ success.

John Wick, an unexpected box office smash, has changed the way action movies are made forever. The three films and several planned sequels or spin-offs are among the most influential films of the contemporary age, thanks to their fast-paced battle sequences and genre-defining setpiece design.

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It’s arguable that John Wick doesn’t exactly meet the broad genre description of a “Martial Arts movie.” The renowned assassin’s distinct set of talents clearly pulls ideas from a range of intriguing sources, but almost every film featuring a fight scene incorporates at least a little inspiration from real-world fighting methods.

Through the several films in the John Wick series, we see John use a variety of martial arts, but judo stands out as his primary method of self-defense. Judo was created by Kano Jigoro, and it is most famous for its emphasis on throwing. John is a master judoka, and he often uses judo throws to surprise his foes throughout the series. Many times, John will employ a combination of his judo and gun abilities, first tossing or sweeping an opponent to temporarily incapacitate them before finishing them off with a bullet. Like John, Halle Berry’s character Sofia in John Wick 3 combines judo throws and gunplay in the film’s climactic confrontation in Morocco.

Keanu Reeves also trained intensively in Brazilian jiu-jitsu for the part of John Wick, and this style is prominently featured in the films. A mainstay of the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling art that emphasizes ground fighting using chokes and joint manipulations.

Even though Ms. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki) used Brazilian jiu-jitsu as her primary combat method against John in the original John Wick, John is now an expert practitioner of the artist himself. In her struggle with John, Perkins uses her leather jacket in the same way a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner would use their gi: to apply a choke.

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Aside from his proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, Wick is also a deadly knife expert. Wick uses Arnis, a Filipino martial style, for the majority of his clashes with blades. Even while many of his foes use the legendary karambit dagger, Wick prefers to use a straight-bladed knife like the double-edged automatic knife he carries on assignment in John Wick: Chapter 2. Although its origins are murky, Arnis is well recognized as a kind of indigenous knife and stick fighting. It’s evident that the train knife fight between Wick and Common’s character Cassian is the greatest single moment to examine some of the tactics and movement Wick borrows from this art.

That intense traditional knife battle shows off John Wick’s preferred knife fighting style, which combines live hand techniques with graceful hakbang footwork.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 10: Keanu Reeves attends the Japan premiere of ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum at Roppongi Hills on September 10, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

When talking about John Wick’s fighting technique, it’s impossible to ignore his signature weapon: one of his many firearms. Keanu Reeves put quite a lot of time practicing 3-gun, a shooting sport in which competitors use a variety of weaponry to take down moving targets. Fans have witnessed several times how Wick deftly uses the weapons of his vanquished foes as part of his kinetic attacks. Fans of Wicks like how his varied martial arts and expertise with close-quarters shooting complement one another.


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