Footage recently emerged that showed the exact moment a criminal regretted his decision to attempt to rob a shop manned by a store clerk who has trained in BJJ for quite some time. The store clerk in question was a man called Ebrahim, and he’d been attending BJJ classes for a little over two years before the man entered his store to attempt to rob him. Ebrahim was training at Connors Martial Arts Academy in Norwood at that time, under head instructor and BJJ black belt John Connors.
This is nowhere near the first time that your average citizen has managed to intervene and stop a crime in action as a result of BJJ training. Ebrahim is just one of many practitioners who have used the experience difference between them and the criminal to their advantage and managed to restrain them until police arrive. It was only a matter of months ago that a local grappler managed to stop an attempted kidnapping and control the assailant quickly and effectively by taking his back and keeping him there.
Shortly before that, a Judoka who has represented the United States on the biggest stages was about to be the victim of a mugging until he managed to turn the tables on his attacker. He even managed to disarm the criminal and also restrained him without causing much undue damage in doing so. It’s events like these that lend more and more credence to Rener Gracie’s plan for National Police Reform that seeks to have all officers trained in BJJ in order to improve outcomes of altercations for both officers and civilians.
The footage comes courtesy of WCVB Channel 5 Boston, who reported on the event initially: