BJJ instructor saves police officer from attack

Monday, May 15, 2017

Of all the various martial arts out there, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is probably the most applicable during a real life self-defense encounter. Time and time again we have seen evidence of BJJ practitioners using their skills to overwhelm and control bad guys who wish to do harm to others.

In this video from 2011 we see a Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor come to the rescue of a police officer who was attacked by a suspect just outside of the BJJ academy in San Francisco where he teaches.

Allegedly the officer was being punched repeatedly by the suspect after he tried to give him a ticket. That’s when the BJJ instructor, named Pedro Arrigoni, got involved and rushed to the officer’s rescue.

Arrigoni allegedly pulled the suspect off of the officer and put him in a rear naked choke, but just used the hold to control him. “When he was about to pass out, he said, ‘I give up, I give up,’” Arrigoni said.

Despite the seriousness of the situation, the BJJ instructor showed a lot of restraint and used his skills to simply neutralize the suspect and nothing more. “I don’t hit people, I don’t box,” Arrigoni said. “I do Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Once you have the guy under your control, you don’t have to do anything more.”

Arrigoni, a black belt in BJJ, believes that all officers should be trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and this whole situation is a great argument for that. Had he not got involved the officer could have been seriously hurt here by the suspect who police described as ‘crazed.’

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) 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 (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca. [Source: Wiki]

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