Don’t Mess With Brazilian Women… After a Shoplifter Tried to Escape, He Was Restrained by a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt Who Kept Him There Until the Police Arrived on the Scene…

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is possibly the most effective martial art on the planet for street self-defence. If you’re a proficient practitioner of the grappling art, you’ll be able to take control of a normal person’s body, manipulating limbs and applying chokes at will. That’s how Royce Gracie was so devastatingly effective in the original incarnation of the UFC.

A Brazilian woman named Patricia Melo showed the world just how useful some knowledge of BJJ is. She used the martial art to restrain a would-be shoplifter until the authorities arrived on the scene.

Watch the footage below of Melo, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, holding the man in a rear-naked choke position, with the thug powerless to resist her tight grip.


As you can see from the clip above, Melo is able to restrain him in a rear-naked choke until the police arrive on the scene. There’s no need to strike him in any way. If she applies more pressure to his windpipe, he’ll go to sleep. Its rudimentary BJJ, but very efficient. Melo described to Brazilian news outlet Leouve what went down:

“He was running away from four security guards and he was running down the street from my house when I left the porch of the building and saw him coming towards me. My reaction was to hold him and immobilize until the police arrived and everything was resolved.” 

It was quick thinking by the badass blue belt, with excellent results. Crime doesn’t pay folks, it’s as simple as that.


Allegedly, 26-year old Melo has been training for about two years in BJJ. She is affiliated to Alliance Mario Reis. Leouve reported that her ‘victim,’ Fernando Vieira Zimmermann was fleeing from a candy store with two boxes worth about 20 dollars. Not exactly what you’d want to go viral for.

Melo saw the security guards chasing after Zimmermann, and was able to intercept him, holding him in place until a military brigade vehicle arrived on the scene. Still, he fared better than that mountain lion did yesterday…

Brazilian UFC Fighter Polyana Viana. Mandatory Credit: Instagram.

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Melo isn’t the first Brazilian woman to show the power of a rear-naked choke. UFC Fighter Polyana Viana made headlines in January after she overcame a would-be mugger, who pulled out a fake gun and tried to rob her. She used the BJJ move to sit him down and hold him there until the police arrived on the scene. CNN reported:

“I threw two punches and a kick,” said Viana. “He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him down in the same place we were before.”

BJJ is such a brilliant martial art because it works on everybody regardless of their size. Unfortunately, we live in a world where women are more likely to get attacked on the street than men. That’s obviously not right, but if BJJ was taught to females in schools, potential attackers might think twice about their actions.

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