Police officer executes perfect armbar to apprehend shoplifter

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art combat system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Soshihiro Satake.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie as well as other instructors specifically for street self-defense and to prove that size and strength are not everything.  Years later it is still being utilized by nearly every mixed martial artist on every level.

Helio Gracie was often described as small and frail which immediately put him at a major disadvantage when it came to combat sports so if he wanted to be competitive he had to figure something out.  What he figured out revolutionized martial arts and is beautiful in its simplicity: technique and leverage will overcome nearly any size and strength advantage.

What Helio developed was a method of utilizing technique and various leverage points to nullify his opponent’s strength and size advantage.  This became the epitome of what defines Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and is currently implemented into many of the world’s police forces’ defense and apprehension programs.

A perfect example is found in the video below.  What we witness is a man that is attempting to leave the store without paying for merchandise, the classic shoplifter. Officer Derrick Crawford was on duty that day and received word that a man was trying to shoplift and swiftly jumped into action.

So check out the video below to see Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu utilized to de-escalate a potentially incredibly dangerous situation and subdue a criminal.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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