Denver-Based Jiu-Jitsu Practitioners Restrain Aggressive Bar Patron Until Police Arrive

An aggressive patron at a Denver bar was taken down and restrained with the help of two jiu-jitsu practitioners.

Ismael Arreola of Easton BJJ and Thiago Leão have shared footage of the incident, which took place a couple of days ago while they were out for drinks.

Arreola, a BJJ black belt under Genesis Jiu-Jitsu’s Albert Hughes, told the Jiu-Jitsu Times the backstory:

“Before the video, the guy had already punched and elbowed another patron in the face and then walked toward us. As he was walking toward us, he shoved my friend and then started throwing punches at me. I closed the gap and started veering him toward the wall, where the video started.

As you can see, I used a basic 2-on-1 wrist control to guide him toward the ground. I had a deep guillotine applied once I took him to the ground, and it’s hard to see in the video, but I was applying just the right amount of pressure to help keep him from coming back up and fighting us. It was a really scary moment when he kept bucking up trying to keep throwing. So thankful that my other friend was there too, but also grateful for having the right training to be able to diffuse the situation.”

Leão, a purple belt, said of the situation, “The gentleman was quite inebriated and reacted to being asked to leave quite negatively.” He added, “I’m a psychotherapist and love promoting how BJJ can help with nervous system regulation and self-control.”

The men restrained the patron until the police arrived, and they got to enjoy their beers as intended after he was apprehended.

You can watch the incident below:


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