Car-Jitsu is undoubtedly one of the strangest takes on professional grappling, and a recent match ended in a unique fashion when one of the competitors suffered a huge cut to their leg. The idea behind the ruleset is to create a more confined area for grapplers to face each other in, and the unique setting of inside a vehicle gives plenty of options for other ways to attack as well. Previous Car-Jitsu tournaments have seen competitors choke their opponents using the seatbelt or even trap opponents between the seat and the side of the door. Watching one of these matches is a truly chaotic experience, and you can only imagine that participating in one must be even crazier.
A recent Car-Jitsu match ended in an even more unusual way though, as one of the grapplers cut his leg on a broken windshield. Even though this isn’t exactly a common occurrence in the world of Car- Jitsu, it’s hardly a surprise that someone has injured themselves on the vehicle itself. After all, grappling competitions are normally conducted on mats for a very clear reason. Any hard surface immediately increases the risk of injury and adding in factors like the unusually-shaped surface of a car and the presence of glass is a recipe for disaster.
The match in question was actually being contested in an open-top vehicle and it was between Svyatoslav Kovalenko and Arbi Emiyev. Kovalenko was attempting to submit Emiyev with a Guillotine Choke at one point in their match but his opponent lifted him up into the air in order to escape. He slammed Kovalenko overhead and into the windshield of the car, breaking it and causing the injury to his leg. It’s hard to place any blame on the competitors really, as they’re fighting within the ruleset they’re given, but this is just one of many reasons that competing in a Car-Jitsu match probably isn’t a good idea.
The video of the Car-Jitsu match that ended when a competitor cut his leg on a broken windshield was uploaded to Twitter:
Carjitsu match goes wrong as one of the fighters gets his leg cut by a broken windshield 😬 pic.twitter.com/FYqlWI52l8
— Matysek (@Matysek88) June 14, 2023