Jiu-jitsu instructor saves San Francisco police officer from attack

Bill Mattocks

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Love it! Well done, sir, well done!

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/04/jiu-jitsu-instructor-saves-officer-during-pummeling

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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“I don’t hit people, I don’t box,” Arrigoni said. “I do Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Once you have the guy under your control, you don’t have to do anything more.”
Ester Basilio, who works at the academy and is the owner’s sister, said she was not surprised Arrigoni would jump in to help.
“That’s just him,” Basilio said. “I wouldn’t say that that was the first time he’s jumped in to help a friend or stranger.”
Arrigoni said he tries to coax troubled neighborhood kids to learn jiu-jitsu, saying the art form teaches respect and nonevasive fighting tactics. He believes all San Francisco cops should be trained in jiu-jitsu.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/201...-saves-officer-during-pummeling#ixzz1KAU3WrJO

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With video. Not very good video, but wait for the middle or so...

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/cri...or-saving-san-francisco-police-officer-attack
 

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nice he could and did help. I would not want to role around on the ground though with a suspect if he had a few of his friends there ... I like my face and kidneys and things like my ribs where they are in one piece... but for that instance sounds like the right martial artist was there and acted.. I say wonderful!!
 

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Hmm, I hadn't seen this, very cool that he was able to help out! I emailed the article to my Kenpo instructor, I'm sure he'll be interested in reading about it. (I work out in South San Francisco)
 
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