In these days of the UFC, a good Hollywood action flick has to have believable fight scenes to please demanding fans. For the cast of Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol to not drop the ball, the producers called up, yet again, practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts Robb Alonzo, who did a fine job of completing his mission.
Over eight weeks, for two hours a day, the stunt-double instructor and coordinator got Tom Cruise and crew’s martial arts flowing, with realistically fistic choreography for the third sequel of the film.
“They had to do the right moves for the camera. I thought, if I’m a secret agent, I have to be really efficient with all the moves,” Robb told Vip magazine in summary.
He was asked in the article to provide tips for practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts. If you haven’t read the article yet, GRACIEMAG.com’s got you the bullet points.
1. TRAIN WITH PASSION
Like what you do so you’ll be the best at it as you possibly can.
2. MAINTAIN EMOTIONAL CONTROL
It’s vital that good practitioners have it, and it helps with remembering the techniques.
Staying humble allows you to always respect your opponent, and paves your way to continued improvement, teaches the Philippino instructor.
4. DO YOGA AND STRETCHING FOR YOUR JIU-JITSU
They improve your flexibility, circulation, mental clarity and help flush out toxins.
5. WORK OUT WITH YOUR BODY WEIGHT
Robb recomments resistance and plyometric training, doing exercises like pushups and marine pushups. And doing workouts using elastic bands and the weight of your own body. Come fight time, it’s your body weight that you’ll have to be moving.
6. FIGHTING TAKES HEART
Any cardiorespiratory exercise will boost your endurance and make your heart healthier.