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Guy tries to rob old man, discovers he's an 8th degree black belt

Street thug in Brazil tries to rob 72 year old man and learns that his target is an 8th degree black belt in jiu-jitsu.
Thug tries to rob 72-year-old 8th-degree black belt and pays for it

Thug tries to rob 72-year-old 8th-degree black belt and pays for it

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One day Edson Franco Penteado was walking down the street in his home city of Rio de Janeiro, minding his own business when he was spotted by a thief. The slightly-built septuagenarian appeared to be an easy mark. However, little did the thief know that the man in the yellow t-shirt was in reality a fearsome 8th-degree black belt (coral belt) in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Mestre Penteado immediately closed the distance, to the point that the thief's strikes would be ineffective, and then took the fight down to the pavement. What happened next is perhaps best summed up by Rickson Gracie, who said, "I am a shark, the ground is my ocean, and most people can't even swim."

Penteado lectures the thief about the errors of his ways, and punctuates his statements with slaps and hammerfists. Meanwhile, an onlooker, doubtless fed up with crime in the city, adds his thoughts about what happened via an enthusiastically swung flip-flop.

The hapless, drowning thief could do nothing but cover up until police arrived took him into custody.


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What is Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, a combat sport, and a self-defense 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.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Hélio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca.

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