BJJ Self Defence Story - "I pulled guard on the streets"
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Written by Rob T
Friday, 29 February 2008
Ok, so we all know how deadly the streets are... no rules, lava, needles etc. Luckily, there is no lava or needles in my car. I had a road rage incident (not my fault, a guy cut me up and all I did was beep my horn) earlier tonight on the way home from training. It turned into a proper fight too.
Basically, he pulled in front of me, slammed his brakes on and
immediately jumped out of his car. I managed to stop about 10 cms from
his bumper and had put my hazards on (safety first!!). Sadly, the doors
on Micras are huge so I couldn't get out quickly (there was a central
reserve on the road) and he got to my car pretty swift.
He opened my door so I just scooted back on to the passenger seat (over
the handbrake!) as he lunged toward me. I grabbed both his wrists, put
my left foot on his biceps and said something like "You're going to be
in trouble now mate". He said he was going to stab me but I wasn't
worried as I had control of both his wrists (I have no idea whether he
had a knife on him).
So, I then locked a triangle on (hard) and he immediately started to
panic. I let it off slightly (still choking, not enough to put him out
quickly) and he said sorry and that his daughter was in the car. He
started saying he had just split up from his wife and was having a
really bad day, pleaded for me to let him go. I said I didn't trust him
to let him go. He pleaded more so I thought I may as well let him go
but do it carefully. We were in the middle of a busy road, so choking
him out and leaving a small girl wandering around wouldn't have been a
I backed him out of my car, with the triangle still on and still
gripping both his wrists. Then I let it off and it was obvious he was
feeling the effects of the choke. He scarpered back to his car and
drove off... sadly I was more concerned with possible damage to my car
door at this time so I didn't get his reg. Oh well.
A few members of my girlfriend's family are police officers and they
said it would be best to report it, just in case someone else did and I
ended up looking like I was hiding something. So I rang the police...
when they came around to take a statement I had to explain that all the
marks (currently have a slightly swollen ear, bruising on my cheek and
various graises) on my face weren't from the incident but from
training. I didn't think they would know what a triangle choke was so I
just said "I choked him with my legs".
Sport BJJ works as self-defence, fact!
Read the comments on the forum!!