Keanu Reeves: Celebrity Martial Artist

Keanu Reeves: Celebrity Martial Artist

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Keanu Charles Reeves is well known for his acting, film productions, and music. He was born on September 2, 1964 and is originally from Canada. Keanu gained much celebrity from his acting career which began in 1985 and he has been involved with various films for over three decades.
 
As the star in various Hollywood films his roles and breakthrough performances in many popular films have earned him many fans. Reeves has starred in comedy flicks like the much-loved Bill and Ted series. Keanu is recognized for a psychological thriller called The Devil’s Advocate and the supernatural thriller Constantine. Keanu has also starred in dramas like Dangerous Liaisons, My Own Private Idaho, and Little Buddha. His role as the reluctant Jonathan Harker in the romantic horror movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula also won him many followers.
 
He is notorious for the action and fight scenes from the science-fiction action trilogy The Matrix. Action thrillers such as Point Break, Speed, John Wick, and its sequel have also involved Keanu as an actor.Many of us remember Keanu Reeves as Neo in the trilogy whose stunning slow-motion martial arts moves brought huge crowds to the theaters. Although numerous stunt performers and choreographers helped to create the full effect seen in his films Keanu of course deserves his share of the credit.
 
One of his teachers on the set of The Matrix was Tiger Chen who learned his martial arts choreography skills from Yuen Woo-ping one of the most popular and significant characters in Hong Kong action cinema. There were many different players who made up The Matrix’s stunt team.
 
Reeves and Chen collaborated again to make Man of Tai Chi in 2013 which was created with the goal of producing 18 different fighting sequences with the overall ambition of generating an epic Kung-Fu martial arts movie. This was a very realistic goal given the expertise of Chen himself.
 
Although Chen has commented in the past on Reeves lack of talent in the realm of martial arts he does admire the actor for being dedicated to his career and a hard worker. For Keanu’s supporters, it looks as though all that tough exertion, attitude, and perseverance will eventually pay off to make up for any missing talent. Reeves has spent many hours preparing for his films alongside many other expert choreographers and martial arts professionals. For his latest role as a retired hit man in the John Wick films he had to become proficient in several martial arts techniques. Working together they created action scenes through trial and error that Reeves could execute.
 
The process of preparing for the role involved four long months of exercise which included judo and jujitsu practice. The director’s goal for the film’s character was to create a unique fighting style for close quarters that incorporated these grappling styles and guns. Before setting out to create John Wick the film’s creators set out to watch a great deal of judo and sambo competitions. This especially included the work of retired judoka Isao Okano. What the director really wanted to do was take his different techniques and try to recreate the parts that looked interesting for the film like the crawl or changes into various positions.
 
Keanu Reeves eventually also came out with John Wick: Chapter 2 the much-awaited sequel to the 2014 blockbuster. The production company gave away many previews to share with anxious audiences what the new Kung-Fu style Keanu was using in his films was going to be like. John Wick’s character had to shoot guns, fight hand-to-hand, and drive cars. Getting all this to look believable was part of the challenge requiring Keanu to put in copious hours of training chiefly before filming. To get his fighting to look decent Reeves spent a lot of time exercising. During this period, he learned some more jujutsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, jujutsu, and standing judo.
 
To make John Wick even more crazy he had to learn 3-gun tactical shooting as well just so he could make sure to thrash all his targets. Combine all the characteristics and you have the gun-fu style of fighting that is used by the Keanu in his John Wick films. Reeves also had to drive around in cars and do some elaborate wheelies for the movie. Keanu Reeves has taken up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the famed Machado Brothers just like many other stars. The Machado Brothers also train Ashton Kutcher and BJJ black belt Chuck Norris. They have experience choregraphing fight scenes in TV and film.

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