Another story of a martial artist being the good guy!
Via the San Francisco Examiner:
A San Francisco cop enduring a pummeling from a “crazed” Muni fare evader Wednesday was fortunate that the attack happened outside a martial arts academy.Hero jiu-jitsu instructor Pedro Arrigoni came to the cop’s rescue, putting the suspect into a choke hold and forcing him into submission at around 1 p.m., police said.The 24-year-old Portola resident said he had just finished teaching a class at the AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy at 2975 San Bruno Ave. when he saw the suspect had mounted the cop after unleashing a flurry of punches.
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Per the story, the suspect was being escorted off the bus, and began walking away, and then sucker punched the officer, and then things got dangerous.
He hit the officer “several times in the head and face.” He then charged at the cop and tackled him to the ground, police said.
The suspect had a top mount and was pummeling the officer when Arrigoni intervened very effectively!
Arrigoni said he used a choke hold to subdue Augusta, whom police described as “crazed.” “When he was about to pass out, he said, ‘I give up, I give up,’” Arrigoni said.
Observations and comments:
- The officer was susceptible, as we all are, to an unexpected attack. Everyone, no matter how skilled, can be taken down or out when the attacker has the initiative. Tactics can mitigate, but not eliminate that advantage.
- It never ceases to amaze me how often we hear of attacks near or even in martial arts schools. It’s funny. It reminds me of the muggers who decided to get onto a bus with an Olympic Judo team, and were “persuaded” to give up. Hilarious!
- This is a testament to the effectiveness of grappling techniques in making arrests. Arrigoni (the BJJ instructor) was able to stop the assault, immobilize, and then incapacitate the attacker without harm to himself or the assailant. BJJ, Judo, Aikido, Hapkido, and other styles would be a great supplement to any defensive tactics training an officer receives. He may never have a chance to deploy his pepper spray, Taser, or baton, much less a sidearm, but hands and feet are always available.
- The technique used was a choke, which in cop-talk is called a lateral vascular restraint, and is almost entirely banned from use in law enforcement? Why? Improper training and application.
- Martial artists can, and should be prepared to act in an emergency. My view is that any art that cannot be utilized to defend oneself or others is not really a martial art. My opinion and I’m sticking to it!
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The BJJ/MMA school mentioned: AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy
Image via Arrigoni’s Facebook page
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