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Defeating The Football Tackle

by Prof. Gene Roos, 9th dan Jujitsu, 4th dan Judo

One of my black belt instructors in jujitsu, Anthony Bua, while serving as a deputy sheriff, responded, along with two other officers, to a disturbance call. The reporting person advised that his son, a 300 lb power lifter, was under the effects of drugs and was completely uncontrollable and posed a threat to himself and others.

Upon arrival, the first two officers rushed toward the subject, attempted to grab him and were subsequently knocked to the ground. My student, observing the condition of his fellow officers, approached the subject and attempted to subdue him by a strike with his night stick. This was completely ineffective due to the unknown quantity of drugs in the man's bloodstream.

Attacker lunges forward to grab the defender's hip and legs. The defender grabs the attacker's belt (if no belt, then grab his waist on both sides).

Attacker lunges forward to grab the defender's hip and legs.

The defender grabs the attacker's belt (if no belt, then grab his waist on both sides).

The defender projects his feet and body to the rear. Note: proceed at this point with the defense without the attacker, because of injury. The attacker's face is smashed to the ground.

The defender projects his feet and body to the rear. Note: proceed at this point with the defense without the attacker, because of injury.

The attacker's face is smashed to the ground.

The subject lunged at Anthony, attempting to use a football tackle to knock him to the ground. However, he was unsuccessful as Anthony used a common jujitsu defense against the tackle. Once one the ground, he immediately moved behind the attacker placing a strangle hold on him (to stop the blood flow to the brain), causing him to start to lose consciousness. Here it is important to note that pressure was applied to the side of the neck to restrict blood flow and not against the front of the neck which can cause damage to the windpipe. See a related FightingArts.com article, The Judo Choke.”

Defender's left hand starts to grab around the attacker's neck. Defender's left hand goes around the attacker's neck and stays in the shape of a "V".

Defender's left hand starts to grab around the attacker's neck.

Defender's left hand goes around the attacker's neck and stays in the shape of a "V".

The defender's right hand is placed to the left side of the attacker's neck and he pulls both hands towards the other. Illustrated is the underside view.

The defender's right hand is placed to the left side of the attacker's neck and he pulls both hands towards the other.

Illustrated is the underside view.

As the man screamed, “I give up,” the deputy turned him around, cuffed him and transported him to the psychiatric section of a hospital for observation. My student, realizing the trauma to the father of witnessing the altercation and his confined son, explained the necessity of his actions and offered his apologies. In a rare display, the man thanked my student for not injuring his son, and the swift, professional manner in which the incident was handled.


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About The Author:

Prof. Gene Roos, 9th dan Ju Jitsu, and 4th dan in judo, is a member of the Board of Directors for the America Ju Jitsu Association. In 1958 was awarded Shodan (Judo) and won the Regional Judo Champion. In 1958 & 1959 was Judo State Champion. His instructors include: Harold Brosious (Ketsugo), Dennis Palumbo (Hakko Ryu Ju Jitsu, 8th Dan), George Kirby, & Shizuya Sato (Ju Jitsu), Wally Jay (Small Circle Ju Jitsu), Dr. Sacharnoski (Hard Style Ju Jitsu & Ki) and Master Mochizuki (a student of Funakoshi, Kano, & Ueshiba). He is also the author of a series of upcoming books on Aiki jujitsu as well as a number of videos including: "Aiki Jujitsu" (a three video tapes series with manuals); "Deadly Attacks" (defense against 30 knife, gun, stick and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks- part II"(defense against an additional 30 knife, gun and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks III" and "Devastating Throws and Other Deadly Attacks " (defense against 30 advanced combat throws, knife attacks, stick, and a rear shotgun attack), For more information see: http://www.aikijujitsu.homestead.com/aikijujitsu.html


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