Keanu Reeves martial arts training footage for John Wick sequel
John Wick: Chapter 2 is the second installment of the exciting action series starring Keanu Reeves that came out earlier this year. Much like the first in the series, the sequel was applauded by audiences and critics alike, which is somewhat rare for action films.
In addition, much like the first film, Keanu Reeves underwent extensive training for the sequel too which included martial arts as well as shooting and stunt driving training. Compared to other films that rely heavily on CGI and over the top stunts, both John Wick and the sequel were very well choreographed and the a lot went into the action scenes like we see in the video below.
In the footage, we see Keanu in a gi where he underwent training in several different grappling based martial art styles such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), Japanese jiu-jitsu and even some judo throws which seem to be some of John Wick’s favorite hand to hand techniques in the series.
What makes Keanu and the character of John Wick a little different than other modern action stars is just what you see here – technique and training. He doesn’t have the biggest muscles nor does he use brute force but his style is much more realistic and indicative of how a highly trained guy would kick butt in real life.
ABOUT JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2:
John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. The second installment of the John Wick series, the plot follows hitman John Wick, who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on his head. It stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane, and marks the first collaboration between Reeves and Fishburne since appearing together in The Matrix trilogy.
Principal photography began on October 26, 2015, in New York City. The film premiered in Los Angeles on January 30, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 10, 2017. It received positive reviews from critics and so far has grossed $163.8 million worldwide, over four times its $40 million budget. [Source: Wiki]