For the best part of the last year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with renowned stunt performer Lucy Cork, teaching her the art of Submission Grappling spliced with elements of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Lucy has an impressive track record considering she’s only been in the stunts game for a few years.
Again, like most stunt performers and especially the ones I work with, Lucy is a very talented mover and learns faster than your average sapien. We’ve discovered from working together that she’s more of a kinaesthetic learner, meaning if I simply just tell her or show her a sequence of moves, it’s not nearly as effective as getting her to run through the progressions and movements herself, over and over.
We’ve been working the whole spectrum of submission grappling; from the effective and simple, to the flashy and quite frankly, useless (in the real world) ‘showy moves’. When it comes to grappling strategy, I’ve been doing my best to teach Lucy how to utilise her speed and agility to her advantage, as so often when she attends Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, she’s up against stronger and heavier opponents. Thus, working on the concepts of leverage and capitalising on the brief moments when a heavier opponent is ‘stuck’ due to a commitment to a move of their own.
I’ve really been enjoying all aspects of coaching Lucy. Above is a clip taken from her Instagram where we were exploring the more flashy side of grappling; the flying armbar submission. You’ve got to be an adaptive coaching working with the stunt community, as they usually always have some sort of niggling injury to work around whilst you’re on the mats!
Be sure to check her out on the big screen, I know she’s in the latest Mummy film which looks to be coming out in 2017. In the meantime, here’s one of her showreels;
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