A while back BuzzFeed Youtuber stumbled across a video of Taran Tactical training Keanu Reeves on tactical shooting for the movie role John Wick.
Buzzfeed tried their hands on gun shooting, they did ok (you can read about it below).
Fast Forward to Now
The Firearm Blog had heard what the Buzzfeed guys did so TFB decides, why not us?, But the differences is that TFB also wanted to create some shooting tips segments from Da Man himself “Taran Butler”.
So TFB flew down to L.A. to meet with Taran Butler and have him train TFB. (which is James Reeves)
Taran quoted that he can train TFB (James Reeves) to fire 2 rounds at two targets in 2 seconds.
James was skeptical but went with it anyway. (Hey, free training!)
Something that stands out about this training is the fundamental that Taran advocates over and over, as these are the building blocks for whether you’re into 3 Gun shoot or for self-defense. Here’s some short takes on that training, but obviously, watch the video, its an eye opener:
Drawing from the holster
Taran is very articulate about “economy of motion” from the draw to target acquisition.
Reload – again its about “economy of motion” and doing things less, its all about saving time and being fast.
These two basics are the building blocks which leads to doing more advanced shooting as Taran describes.
Transition between targets – Taran goes over some great feedback on moving from target to the next while at a high level.
As you can tell, Taran traits as a trainer is exceptional, he knows how to build that rapport whether you’re a movie star like Keanue Reeves, Michelle Rodriguez or just James Reeves from TFB.
Here’s how Buzzfeed did a While Back (2017)
The course of fire was a typical 3 gun type. So BuzzFeed Blue wanted to see if they can take an ordinary person (gun newbies) and have them train to go through the course of fire, but be faster than Johnny Wick. Johnny Wick completed this course of fire in 19 seconds.
So BuzzFeed Blue crew narrator and Sharie Elle volunteered to take on this challenge. The training was done one day (all day) at Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovation. The same trainer that taught Keanue Reeves how to shoot tactically.
Taran Butler is considered the Michael Jordan of competitive shooting, he at one time had an 11 year winning streak.
BuzzFeed narrator and Sharie Elle will endure the same training that K Reeves went through and its basically “3 Gun” training, which consists of a shotgun, pistol and a rifle.(AR15)
Here’s how they did.
Well they didn’t beat Keanu Reeves time but it looks like they sure learned a lot about guns. The participants was intimidated and excited about the whole experience.
Fast Forward to Now
Sources: TFB, BuzzFeed Blue Youtube, Chris Buckner
Watching gunfights in the movies is very entertaining and fun.
Though we know Hollywood is fame for its theatrics and cool gunfight choreographs. Keanu Reeves is one actor that does a great job of keeping it real with precision and speed.
For the upcoming movie of John Wick: Chapter 2, actor Keanu Reeves beefed up his training from Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Training. Keanu puts in some trigger time in a fast pace fashion. He dedicated himself to three times a week of practical gunfighting shooting similar to what you see in 3 Gun Nation. Perfection at its finest, for you 3GN fans is Keanu Reeves shooting worthy?, let us know below in the comment.
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Taran: People want realism, they want the real deal, and that’s what’s happening with John Wick Chapter 2. [shooting]
It is setting the bar so far beyond any shootout stuff you’ll ever see in a movie. It’ll blow your mind.
JJ Perry: When I got a call from the director, saying ‘what can I do to make two better?’ I said, ‘well, we have to make Keyanu Reeves better’, and the only way to do that is to train him harder. As soon as I met Taran I saw him shoot and I was like, ‘this is our guy’.
Rochelle: When it comes to actors, Taran can deliberate his actions, when he can watch someone do one run, and he can pinpoint every problem that you have, and he can relate it so simply that it is ingrained quick.
JJ: We brought Keyanu out here three times a week, and his growth with gunplay, it was almost exponential. Every other time he would come here.
Taran: He got really good over a period of five or six training sessions, and he is hands-down the best weapons actor out there right now.
JJ: And I attribute that directly to Taran Butler’s skills as an instructor.