4/18/2011 7:33pm, #1
BJJ instructor saves San Francisco police officer from attack
Guy picks the wrong spot to attack a cop!
From the Examiner:
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.
Police say 23-year-old Paris Augusta assaulted the cop while trying to avoid a fare evasion citation. The police officer, joined by a reserve officer, had done a routine fare inspection on the bus, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Augusta was escorted off the bus after he could not show proof of payment, Dangerfield said.
Augusta allegedly walked away from the officer, trying to avoid a citation. The cops twice commanded him to stop, but he would not listen, Dangerfield said.
Finally, one of the cops chased after him. When the officer placed his hand on Augusta’s shoulder, Augusta allegedly whipped around and started punching him, Dangerfield said. 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.
“Meanwhile, a witness came to help pull the suspect off the officers,” he said.
That witness was Arrigoni, who has been practicing martial arts his whole life.
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.
The two officers then took the subdued 5-foot-9, 166-pound Augusta into custody. He was booked for assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, Dangerfield said.
The bleeding cop suffered minor injuries in the attack, Dangerfield said.
“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.
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4/19/2011 3:12pm, #2
How are the cops that poorly prepared? 2 on 1 and a citizen jumps in and saves the cop?
4/19/2011 3:45pm, #3
BJJ wins again!!!Things about Jits: How do Armbar 2.0
4/20/2011 12:23pm, #4
I had a BJJ = San Francisco=ghey! joke lined up but Mr. Arrigoni's actions don't deserve such stale witticisms.
Alleged crimminal seems to have great critical thinking skills....to avoid a minor citation I will commit assault on an officer. Whoo boy. And I second White Shark, if you can't subdue a 23 year old with help from a buddy law enforcement may not be the career for you.
4/20/2011 1:26pm, #5
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Hooray for Arrigoni and hooray for BJJ! It's teh real d34dly that works in teh str33tz yo!
But seriously I don't know what happenned there with the SFPD especially if there were two Officers on scene. I lived in San Francisco for 7 years and the SFPD was considered to be one of the better trained police forces in the country, and the vast majority of them are very cool nice people who know how to communicate well with civvies like me.
We did have one bad situation like 8 years ago when a drunk cop beat the **** out of some guy over a fajita late one night. Yeah I'm serious, the incident was dubbed "Fajita-gate" in the local news, search on the web if you want to read about it, it's too silly for me to make up something like that.
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4/20/2011 1:39pm, #6
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Yeah I also honestly think BJJ is the most useful martial art for anyone. I like boxing a lot better personally but for example what does a cop do with boxing, smash someone’s face in?! No. If this happened in front of a boxing gym does a boxer run out and beat the piss out of the suspect? He’d save the cop but face legal charges and maybe break one of his knuckles too. With BJJ you can literally learn to put someone to sleep. Not that I’d recommend that anyone try that on “the street” unless they’ve been doing it for a long time and it’s absolutely necessary.
But really the SFPD fucked up big time there to even be in a situation where a civilian feels he needs to jump in – not good for the SFPD there.
4/20/2011 1:46pm, #7
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4/20/2011 2:44pm, #9
Some people are harder to handle than you think they are. I have been helped out by randoms from time to time.
Been smacked in the back of the head by randoms too.
All works out in the end I guess.
4/21/2011 12:06pm, #10
I'm thinking of creating a website to catalog these sorts of news stories as well as videos of BJJ guys winning fights. Is BJJwinsagain.com registered yet?The fool thinks himself immortal,
If he hold back from battle;
But old age will grant him no truce,
Even if spears spare him.