Man taken to ground in street fight, brutal armbar follows

According to the source of the video on Reddit, this fight started after the drunken older man had been arguing with a group for about 10 minutes and was given many chances to leave.

The man wearing the ADCC hoodie (Abu Dhabi Combat Club, a prestigious submission grappling tournament) kicked off his footwear shortly before the video starts. Then:

Strikes -> clinch -> takedown -> mount -> armbar -> head stomps from armbar -> mount -> elbows.

Bystanders offered to call an ambulance for the older man following the fight, however he refused and kept saying that a bunch of “homeless guys” had attacked him.

As I’ve explained in a previous post, the standing vs ground debate is a red herring. Sometimes going to the ground is the optimal strategy, sometimes it’s not. In all cases, grappling skills are necessary whether you want to stay standing or not.

Saying “never go to the ground in a street fight” is idiotic, and at best a misguided oversimplification.

In this instance, the man who performed the armbar was not jumped by a group, was not stabbed, there was no glass and AIDS needles and lava on the ground.

It also starkly illustrates the effectiveness of join locks. This is not a submission, he did not wait for his victim to tap. He just destroyed that arm.

None of this is to say that his behaviour was justified, that’s up for you to decide. Where I live, it would be considered excessive and serious charges would follow. Make sure you understand local laws before using force.

Dutch security guard stops armed attack with strikes

At a supermarket in the Netherlands, a 34-year-old man was removed from the store by security for attempting to steal a bottle of alcohol. He returned and attacked guard with a broken bottle neck, resulting in injuries to both. The man was arrested and hospitalised overnight, so he obviously came out of the ordeal in far worse shape then the guard.

He faces charges of attempted manslaughter or serious assault and will appear in court on February 14 2024.

The actions of the guard were considered self-defense.

Dutch article covering the incident here.

Although not a knife, a piece of glass can cause serious or potentially fatal injuries. There’s certainly the risk of losing an eye, the way this man was attempting to slash at the guard.

The response of the guard demonstrates how effective distance management, footwork and striking can be against edged weapons. These are not the typical wrist-grabby techniques we often see taught by “self defense” instructors, but fundamental methods from empirically developed styles such as Muay Thai and wrestling.

This could easily have resulted in the guard suffering far more serious injuries had there been an inch or two of difference, and I have shared these scenarios on the site before.

My point here is NOT that learning a martial art will guarantee success, however:

  1. The chance of surviving an attack from someone armed with an edged weapon increases the greater the difference in skill/size/strength/etc.
  2. The methods we see working in reality are consistently the same fundamentals we observe in other fights, including combat sports.

Man defends himself in 3 vs 1 home invasion

Luckily they were not armed and were dissuaded by some punches to the face. Poor planning on the criminal’s behalf.

Daily Mail article below with the full story, pasted in here so you don’t have to scroll through all the junk on their website.

Even if there were 100 of them, there is no one getting through me’: Hero tells how he fought off robbery gang single-handed when they raided his home while his cancer-hit wife slept upstairs

  • Asif Ali was at home with his wife Charlotte last week when men broke in 
  • Fought the men off  to protect his wife who is undergoing cancer treatment 
  • Charlotte said she never thought Asif would have to use his strength in that way 

PUBLISHED: 21:53 AEST, 30 September 2019

A hero husband has told how he fought off a gang single-handed when they raided his Greater Manchester home as his cancer-hit wife slept upstairs. 

Asif Ali confronted the men after they broke into his home in Rochdale on Tuesday 24 September.

Video footage showed the 35-year-old launching punches at the thugs until they fled the property.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Mr Ali said his main priority was making sure his wife Charlotte, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, was kept safe.

Presenter Piers Morgan was astonished at the strength showed by Mr Asif and asked: ‘how many would it have taken to stop you, five, ten?’

Mr Ali, who has been hailed as a hero said: ‘If there was 100 as long as my wife is upstairs then no one is going to get through me.’

Aisif Ali: ‘They were never going to get through me and get my wife’

Asif Ali and his wife Charlotte appeared on Good Morning Britain today to talk about the incident at their home last week

In CCTV footage of his brave defence of his home, businessman Mr Ali is seen landing a flurry of blows on one thug. Another intruder then joins the fray and Mr Ali bravely confronts both

The reason Mr Ali may have been so protective, is due to the fact that wife Charlotte had been feeling unwell due to her cancer treatment. 

Also speaking on the programme today she said: ‘I’m undergoing operations to remove cancer at the moment and that was the reason I had said to Asif, ‘oh I’m just going to go upstairs watch a bit of Netflix’.

‘I’d fallen asleep but then woke up. Winnie the bulldog was the one that barks and she only barks if there is something going on and when I woke up hearing that I knew there was something going on.

Mr Ali has now put up a £5,000 reward in order to help police catch the criminals 

Heroic businessmen fights off four armed robbers at his home

‘I quickly got dressed and put a dressing gown on and by the time I got to the top of the stairs I could see what was going on and I just heard Asif shout phone the police and barricade yourself.’

She said all she could think when she was barricading herself in was ‘ any minute now they are going to come up here for me’.

Asked if he was amazed at this own strength having watch the CCTV back Asif said he was surprised, as ‘if it had been three men walking towards him in the street’ he would have run off.

‘I think my reason why was bigger than theirs and that was my wife and they were never going to get through me.’

Piers then hailed him ‘the husband of the century’ and asked Charlotte how she felt about his bravery.

It’s scary for me to watch the footage back I don’t really like watching it because it’s quite gut wrenching as I didn’t really know what was going on downstairs . 

‘I can’t thank him enough for what he did, he put his life at risk for me. Deep down I knew he had it in him but not to that extent, I never thought it would come to him having to use that sort of strength.’

Mr Ali released the CCTV footage as he wants to make sure they men that did this are held accountable. He said the police have been making enquiries but that it has been ‘difficult’ for them because they have said they are ‘career criminals’ know where the cameras are and what sort of clothes to wear.

The couple have had challenging times recently as Charlotte has been receiving cancer treatment 

‘But somebody out there surely knows who they are, if they have sons a wife, someone must know they are leaving at certain times and coming back.’

Mr Asif is now offering a reward of £5,000 as he says he doesn’t want anyone else to go through what he and his wife did.

He added that he wasn’t sure what had come over him and Piers quizzed him on the reaction he had from the rest of the public.

‘A mixed reaction to be fair, 90 per cent have been very supportive, people calling me a hero, I don’t class myself as a hero, I think anyone would have done that for their family.

‘But then there has been a small percentage saying that i’m stupid for going back at them and picking the knife up.’

Karate vs BJJ/Vale Tudo challenge match

I believe I saw this video about 2005-ish, so it could be much older than that. An old-fashioned challenge match where a pure Karate man has entered a BJJ (or possibly Vale Tudo) gym and challenged them to a fight, somewhere in Brazil.

Back before MMA was popular, many people completely underestimated the importance of grappling skills and believed they could prevent takedowns and never go to the ground, despite having zero experience in takedown defence and grappling.