Jiu-Jitsu instructor saves police officer in San Francisco

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Pedro Arrigoni / Photo: personal archive

The importance of practicing Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense by law enforcement officials has been proven once again. Furthermore, it has been proven that not having such knowledge can be downright dangerous in the daily life of a police officer – and may be the difference between success and failure. In more severe cases, between life and death.

A San Francisco, California police officer felt that first hand. He was attacked when approaching a suspect during a routine inspection of a bus. At that very moment, though, instructor Pedro Arrigoni had just left a class.

The suspect already mounted and raining down blows to the police officer’s face, Pedro intervened and took control of the situation, using a choke hold.

“When he was about to pass out, he said: ‘I give up, I give up,’” said Arrigoni, the teacher at AB Mixed Martial Arts.

“I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Once you have the guy under control, you don’t need to do anything else. I feel the San Francisco police should train Jiu-Jitsu,” said the fighter in local newspaper The San Francisco Examiner.

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  1. Roberto at 1:44 pm

    Way to go Pedro!, As a former police officer I congratulate you on your courage to do the right thing. My department was the first in Maryland to introduce BJJ, and it was cringed at due to the “Choke” by opposition. To often police officers think they are tough guys just for their gun and badge. Many police I train with are grateful for bjj. We as BJJ practitioners know the true advantage, and I hope more departments will seek this training.

  2. Ariel Toledo at 9:12 pm

    I agree with him. As a police officer and a BJJ blue belt,BJJ is so important in law enforcement. It has saved my life twice and has me help control many combative suspects too.

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