That particular sequence happened to me
in one of my fight.
Against Dan Hardy.
The guy went for an armbar
and his opponent was able to escape
and came back on top. So what we seen
was pretty real.
Hi GQ, I’m Georges St-Pierre
and this is the breakdown.
First up WARRIOR.
[Coach] You’re okay.
[Coach] Knees, knees.
The goal in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to control our opponent
without hurting him.
However, what is good about it
if our opponent refuse to comply
while we have control
over him, we can, we have the power to hurt him really bad.
We can hurt him in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
with a submission hold
like breaking a limb or a strangulation as well.
So he can pass that out.
And so it’s a very soft martial art
but you could be also very violent.
And the Jiu-Jitsu means the art of softness.
A little bit like Bruce Lee used to say,
like, be like water, my friend
like go with the flow.
And that’s the mentality of Jiu-Jitsu
[Coach] [Crowd cheering] Take it easy.
Good, good. Shoot. Shoot him.
You here the corner of screaming, shoot, shoot.
When they say shoot, they, they mean it
it’s a move when you have the fighter going low
attacking the leg of his opponent
to throw him down.
[Coach] Shoot, shoot on him.
This is called a double leg takedown.
This is a technique that is mostly used in wrestling.
It’s actually one of my favorite technique
that I use a lot during my career.
The idea is if you want to bring your opponent down
it’s a little bit like,
when you want to bring a tree down.
You cut it from the bottom
and it fall down is same thing.
So when you want to bring your opponent down
you attack the bottom part of his body.
You attack the leg because you need the leg to stand up
so you attack the legs and it’s
it’s easy to make him fall down.
[Coach] Take his arm.
Our hero is going for a submission hold
that we call the kimura.
The Kimura is a, it’s a lock that is made to
to break the rotator cuff of a person.
If the person don’t tap, obviously.
[Coach] Turn your hips in. In. Stay with him.
Turn your hips in.
The reason why his corner
is screaming at him. Use your hips.
It’s because they want him to use all his body
not only his arm to execute the kimura
because all of the power of the body come from the hips.
You don’t want to only use your arm.
You want to use your entire body to create the pressure.
It’s actually a great advice.
[Coach] Turn your hips in. [dramatic music]
[Coach] Hips up. Turn your hips in.
In an actual MMA fight.
Your a coach or the coach are allowed to scream advice.
So you hear your coach
and you also hear your opponent’s coach.
So you know, what kind of advice
you’re opponent is receiving as well.
And the advantage for me is that I speak French.
And when I compete in UFC
I speak a little bit of Portuguese and Spanish as well.
So I could, I was always able to understand the advice
of my opponent coaches, but they were not able to
understand the advice that I was that was given to me.
So it was an advantage for me.
[Coach] Heads up. Heads up.
Yes. Come on. Come on.
[Coach] Hold down the legs.
You got it.
Now we see that he’s holding
the lock for a very long time.
Normally that will not happen
if it’s well executed
it takes about maybe a second for the person to tap.
Otherwise he will have his arm broken.
But of course, for, I guess, for the purpose of the movie
they stretched it out a little bit.
The key to apply a submission hold is to
isolate the limb of your opponent.
So your opponent is immobilized
and he cannot move and you have full control over his limb.
If the technique is well executed
you will be able to break somebody’s limb.
However, it already happened to me in a fight
that I add someone in a kimura
but I was not able to immobilize and pin my opponent well.
So the position was loose.
He was able to move in a way that he was taking more
more range of motion
but in the position that we’ve seen now
it’s very well executed.
Actually, the choreography is perfect.
So it would be impossible
for his opponent to try to get out.
Normally and fighting and mixed martial arts,
there is a non-written rule in between the fighter that
if they get a armbar, they will normally
leave a split second to their opponent to tap.
They will not immediately try to break it on the spot.
I mean, not everybody respect that rule, but I do
because we’re all competitor
and we just want to win.
We don’t want our opponent to get an injury
that can leave him out of competition
for more than a maybe more than a year
or sometime. Let’s skip ahead until later in the movie.
[Coach] Conlon don’t give him your back.
Conlon go, good.
So now we have our hero is on the bottom
and the position call the guard.
In mixed martial arts
it doesn’t mean if you’re on the bottom that you’re
losing the fight. Sometime yes,
you can lose that fight because if you’re in the guard
that means you have your legs wrap around your opponent.
You’re opening on top of the gravity to his
to his advantage so he can land strike.
However, from the bottom in that position
you have the possibility of
of doing many submission hold.
And that’s what we’re about to see now.
[Coach] Switch, switch.
So he went to a juji-gatame from the bottom
and then he switched to what we call an omoplata.
And he used the omoplata to
get back on top position.
[Commentators] Oh my God. That is a deep omoplata there.
He got the seatbelt.
When they say the seatbelt,
it means to wrap his arm
around his opponent waist,
in order to immobilize him to pin him better.
So when he applied pressure his opponent cannot,
go with the pressure and have a bigger range of motion.
You want to make sure you pin the body
before you apply a submission hold.
His opponent refuse to tap.
So he broke his, broke his shoulder, normally in a fight
when a limb break, their referee will stop the fight
for the safety of the fighter.
So the other guy will normally be declared a winner
but that’s his fault.
Unfortunately, that’s the hard truth
of combat sport, ladies and gentlemen.
Hey, are you okay?
If you keep fighting after the bell ring
or after the referee stopped the fight
you will normally be automatically disqualified.
You won’t be disqualified
if you dislocate someone shoulder, if you’re opponent
refuse to tap
because that’s his fault.
You know, my last fight, had a guy
in a strangle hold and he refuse to tap.
So what happened is he passed out
and the referee stopped the fight and I win the fight.
But if he would have tapped
and I would have keep the lock on
and made him passed out.
Now I would probably have my victory taken away
from me and be banned on top
of it with many other kinds of problems.
I don’t think there is any movie, especially
in combat sport that are a hundred percent accurate.
They always need to make it more spectacular
and more flamboyant.
So, but it’s actually a good movie.
I’ve watched it many times and I’m a big fan
of Tom Hardy and
yeah, it’s a great movie.
Next up, John wick, chapter two.
I am a huge fan of Keanu Reeves
and I think Keanu Reeves is fantastic in his movie.
And I don’t know him personally
but I’m sure he does mixed martial art or Jiu-Jitsu
because when I see him doing the move,
it indicate me that he has experience in it.
It’s not everybody that can perform those moves.
What happened there
it’s called a flying juji-gatame.
It’s a flying armbar.
It’s a very spectacular move.
With this move, the guy voluntary throw himself
on the air and fall on the bottom
by positioning himself with the armbar.
If it’s well executed, it’s a technique
that you can break your opponents arm.
An armbar, there’s different kinds of armbar.
Is when you use your entire body
like a leverage and you put pressure on the joint
it immobilize your body
so if you cannot move and with your
and you apply a pressure that goes behind
the range of motion that you can go.
However to do it in the concrete
it’s a very risky move because when you do this
if you miss your head will hit the floor
and you can knock yourself out.
But it’s actually a real move.
And some guys I’ve actually perform this
in the natural competition.
In movies like John wick
often we see guys fighting each other to the death
but they have a gun.
They should, they should simply use their gun
before using all of this fighting stuff.
There’s two components in fighting.
There’s the striking component
and the grappling component.
Grappling is more synonymous
of wrestling. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
it’s a form of martial art that starts standing up
but it’s specialized in control in the end
the way you control your opponent
it’s either by pinning him using armbar, leg locks
submission holds, or strangulation as well.
You can control him, or you can also hurt him very bad.
If you want to.
It’s a beautiful choregraphy.
It’s a, it’s very spectacular.
It’s fun to watch.
And what I like
about martial arts is it’s a very global thing.
You can be in competition in terms of fighting
in terms of a philosophy, but also in terms of choreography.
And that was an very beautiful
artistic piece of of choreography.
I really loved it.
I love John wick, John wick’s movies.
Next step flashpoint.
This is a throw.
So he block a kick and he sweep the leg
and throw his opponent
to the floor that that’s an actual take down.
But then after you went
on what we call a side control.
He’s in side control that’s mean is
like a crucifix on top of his opponent.
And he tried to knees up on it the head
but his opponent block with his arm.
And by blocking that helped him set up
a juji-gatame which is an armbar.
That particular sequence.
It was something that, that really resemble what happened
during one of my fights against Dan Hardy.
The guy went for an armbar and his opponent
was able to escape and came back on top.
So what we’ve seen, it was pretty
it was pretty real the way he escape it’s roughly
the way you would escape a armbar.
There there’s many ways of escaping an armbar
and there’s many ways of doing armbar. Jiju-gatame.
A triangle choke is a submission hold that you
you strangle someone.
But the problem is the angle, which you get your legs wrap
around the head and the arm, sometime that
that let you open it breathe a little bit more.
But when it’s well executed, it takes about
three to five seconds for your opponent to pass it.
And his opponent lift him up
and it’s one of the way you can escape.
You lift your opponent up and slam him on the floor.
Hoping that he hit his head
on the concrete or on the canvas.
and he knocked himself out.
But what happened is he basically throw him
off-board and fall on the ground with him.
This is so far the most realistic movie we’ve done today.
I love him. He’s a true martial artist.
You see sometimes a movie that where guys
don’t have any experience in martial art
but now you see the guy is a professional.
You can see the way he moves is he’s a real
real martial artist.
He’d been doing this for a very long time.
Next step REDBELT.
Take him to court.
Taking him to court.
Good. Got him down fights over
that’s it. Fights over.
Finish your head. It’s over.
When I trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I train hard
but I train smart. And in a safe environment.
It’s a sport that can be very dangerous.
If it’s not well done in training,
we do not hit each other
with no gloves, like, because we would hurt each other.
If we hurt each other
maybe perhaps we can not compete and make money.
So when you’re, you’re a training,
if you allowed strike
you have gloves and to protect yourself
you have that helmet.
When you train in wrestling
you don’t really hit on the same time.
And if you do hit the same time, you have gloves.
So now we see that they train
but they train with no protection.
So it would be very risky to do that.
I don’t say that it’s never been done
but most professional guys,
they don’t do it that way.
So you have to train hard it’s true
because the fight is, it could be hard, but train smart.
It’s much more important.
Good, good hit.
Okay. Breathe, breathe.
So when you got caught in a, in a submission hold
you need to respect your limit, put your ego
outside of the dojo and be ready to tap.
And if you’re not ready to do that,
you might get hurt
and you will not have a long career in this.
Your journey will be very short.
You know the escape breathe is always an escape.
I’m passing out.
[taps on shoulder]
In martial art, especially in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,
before becoming an expert, becoming a good
he needed to learn how to lose.
It is impossible to be good right away in the beginning
because you need to acquire the knowledge first.
So there is nobody that show up in class
and are good, are the best, right off the bat.
It doesn’t work like that.
You can have certain aptitude
that will make you better than others
but you have to grow to go to that grinding process.
So you tap when you get caught
and you know that your limb is about to break.
So you have to accept defeated in order to improve
gain knowledge and get better.
You know, the escape, you know the escape.
Show it to me, show it to me, show me the escape.
There is always an escape when you get caught
in a certain situation, no matter how bad it is.
However, it’s like a funnel.
The deeper you get yourself locked
in that particular submission,
the harder it is to escape.
It’s like when you’re drowning, if you drown a lot,
it’s harder for you to come back on top.
The same thing in submission.
So if you get got the armbar and it’s in the beginning
of the setup of the armbar, it’s easier to make the escape
than if you would wait until the end and your
your limb is completely extended
which is almost impossible because it’s too late.
So it’s always possible to escape any situation
where you have to do it in the beginning
before you get yourself completely jammed in.
So to speak.
Thank you very much for watching these clips.
These are all movie that really influenced me
and inspire me in my career as a mixed martial artist.
I hope you guys enjoyed.