Watch The Breakdown | MMA Fighter Georges St-Pierre Breaks Down MMA Scenes From Movies | GQ Video | CNE | Gq.com

Watch The Breakdown | MMA Fighter Georges St-Pierre Breaks Down MMA Scenes From Movies | GQ Video | CNE | Gq.com

[intense music]

[man grunting]

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.

[upbeat music]

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.

[body slams]

[crowd cheering]

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] Knees.

[both grunting]

[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.

[fast-forwarding]

[crowd cheering]

[wood clapping]

[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.

[load punches]

[Coach] Switch, switch.

[music intensifies]

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.

[intense screaming]

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?

[load screaming]

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.

Pretty accurate.

Next up, John wick, chapter two.

[both grunting]

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.

[body slams]

[both grunting]

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.

[both grunting]

[bone cracks]

[gun shots]

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.

[gun shots]

[John screams]

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.

It’s amazing.

Next step flashpoint.

[man screaming]

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.

[arm stretching]

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.

[man grunting]

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.

[intense music]

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.

[man screaming]

[body slams]

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.

So far.

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.

[body slams]

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.

[body slams]

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]

All right.

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.

[load grunt]

[body slams]

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.

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