Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Movies

Traditionally movies contained fight sequences showcasing flashy punching and kicking.  Though striking remains the most dominate style of fighting portrayed in movies, Jiu-Jitsu still finds its way on the big screen from time to time.

WARNING…SPOILER ALERT! These are movie fights that show Jiu-Jitsu being used to finish a fight.  Are there any more movies that come to your mind?

Fast and the Furious

After his unfortunate death in 2013, many people discovered Paul Walker trained in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He actually used Jiu-Jitsu in some of his of his fight sequences.  For example, in the movie 2Fast2Furious, Walker uses closed card and a headlock to control and end a fight between old friends.  Though it may not be a fancy use of Jiu-Jitsu in films, it is probably accurate of what a little scrap between friends is like.

Lethal Weapon

Love him or hate him, Mel Gibson’s made some memorable movies over the years.  One of which was his portrayal of Officer Riggs in theLethal Weapon franchise.  Many law enforcement officers train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  I’m sure many of them would believe this fight is unrealistic and highly dramatized by Hollywood, but its still fun to watch!

Pacific Rim

When you have a movie that has robots fighting monsters, it will bring out the inner nine year old in all men.  In a movie that centered on the idea of giant monsters fighting giant robots, they still managed to work in a good old fashion fistfight ending in an interesting setup for one of my personal favorite submissions.

Olympus has Fallen

If you’re protecting the President…you better know some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!  Wait for it…

Flash Point

This fight choreography is nothing short of amazing.  It incorporates several martial arts styles, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Though an exaggeration of real combat for film, it makes use of BJJ in ways regularly not shown in action movies.

What movies have you seen that incorporate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Written By: Patrick J. Flores
Gracie Barra Chino
Twitter:  patjflores
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