There’s a brand new Halle Berry movie incoming, and it is going to be one that well gladly watch. Not that we wouldn’t watch any of her movies. Still, as grapplers, we’re in for a real treat as it is going to be a Halle Berry MMA movie, one that the Oscar winner is going to direct and act in. Speaking of acting, Berry is definitely taking things seriously. She is perfecting her skills with one of UFC’s most prominent young stars. As it seems, her focus is really on Jiu-Jitsu, and the 52-year-old is spending a huge amount of time getting seriously ready for her latest movie “Bruised”.
Movies, much like food, are a thing of personal preference. Still, Halle Berry’s filmography has far more hits than misses, so whatever movie she stars in is usually given a chance by most people. That’s great, seeing as her latest project is going to popularize BJJ and MMA even more. The Oscar winner is set to make a debut as a movie director and her inaugural flick is going to be all about MMA. Preparation for the new Halle Berry MMA movie is already underway, and Halle is holding nothing back! She has already enlisted the help of #1 ranked UFC featherweight Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega to help her with her BJJ skills. We’re definitely looking forward to this one!
Training With A UFC Star
Brian Ortega is an American MMA fighter, and currently, the No. 1 ranked UFC featherweight. The 28-year-old California native is also a BJJ black belt under Rener Gracie. Currently holding a 14-1 record, the featherweight is coming off his only loss. It came via a doctor stoppage in a “Fight Of The Night” performance against champion Max Holloway. Though perhaps not immediately, Ortega will get another shot at the title very soon.
In the meantime, Ortega has been busy. He is now responsible for getting Halle Berry into MMA fighting shape for her latest movie. Ortega, who has been teaching martial arts since he was 16, is more than up for the challenge. Unsurprisingly, his focus is going to be mostly on Jiu-Jitsu. After all, his nickname “T-City” is down to his triangle choke expertise, which he perfects at the Torrence Gracie Academy with Rener and Ryron Gracie.
On the subject of the new Halle Berry MMA Movie, Ortega told TMZ: “Of course, because it’s Halle, we’re not going to fight. But the whole thing is, jiu-jitsu is a beautiful art. (It’s one of) those few arts you can go 100 percent and not get hurt. So my main goal is to get her jiu-jitsu looking dope as f*#k. … We’re going to see some cool-ass things. We’re going to drill her hard“.
All about this #ManCrushMonday, @BrianTcity – the #1 @UFC ranked featherweight 👊🏾! So grateful he said yes to training with me in preparation for #BruisedTheMovie, and cannot wait to share what we cook up together 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bPNTggc9SM
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) February 25, 2019
“Bruised” – A Halle Berry MMA Movie
The movie itself, titled “Bruised” is going to feature Halle Berry as a disgruntled professional MMA fighter by the name of Jackie Justice. After spiraling out of control, the sudden return of her 6-year-old son is going to snap her back to reality. From there on, the Halle Berry MMA movie is going to be all about her fight, both inner and in the cage. Her journey is going to lead her to a high-profile match with one of MMA’s rising stars. Anything more, and we’ll probably ruin the movie for you. So, no spoilers today.
The MMA drama started production in March, and the 52-year-old Oscar winner is the main lead, director and producer. The team that is going to handle the fight choreography is one Berry is very familiar with from the John Wick series. In fact, it was in preparation for John Wick 3 that Halle started training BJJ. It seems that she’s fast becoming addicted, something we can easily relate to. In fact, as per Ortega “I’m hoping this is the start of something great and she learns something and it looks great in the movie … and after she falls in love with the art, then she’ll be able to say, ‘You know what? I love this s@*t!”
BJJ in Holywood
Jiu-Jitsu in Holywood has come a long way since that famous Mel Gibson triangle choke in “Lethal Weapon 1”. Since then, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has featured in a whole host of movies, giving a new dimension to fighting choreography. In fact, it was Rorion Gracie himself that worked on the fight choreography for Lethal Weapon, long before the first UFC. From there on, grappling took Holywood by storm.
As we are speaking, there’s a brand new movie coming to Netflix titled “Dead or Alive”. The director behind it is the same man who brought us “Narcos”. That means you can expect this story about Maeda and the Gracies to be a real hit too! We already mentioned “John Wick” where Keanu Reeves trained extensively in Jiu-Jitsu. The list of movies and series where the Gentle Art is the main way of preparation for fight scenes is now huge. But it is not all about fighting.
BJJ is also a favorite way of staying in shape for all kinds of celebrities. From famous singers like Demi Lovato, through comedians like Russel Brand and models like Irina Shayk, all the way to actors like Tom Hardy and Margot Robby, everyone seems to be rolling nowadays. This new Halle Berry MMA movie seems to be a blessing for both Berry, who’ll hopefully fall for BJJ and the wider audience, who gets to see a different side of the BJJ/MMA story.
Jiu-Jitsu is fast becoming an even bigger phenomenon than anyone could’ve predicted. It is now a worldwide phenomenon that is also fast becoming a part of the mainstream culture. It is even making its way into the educational system and even the workplace! The upcoming Halle Berry MMA movie “Bruised” is only going to further contribute to the spread of Jiu-Jitsu and the rise of grappling. If you ask us, the more people that grapple, the better the world is going to be!