Adam Nadow is a Machado jiu-jitsu black belt and he was recently attacked in the street by a mentally unstable individual. He used his BJJ training to defend himself and control his attacker until the police arrived.
He used a rear naked choke and a bow and arrow lapel choke to control his opponent (and there are people who say that gi-based grappling is irrelevant for self defense!).
The video of this confrontation later went viral in the BJJ and self defense community. But what’s not as commonly known is that he then involved himself in trying to rehabilitate his attacker, going so far as to provide him with food and clothing.
The key thing here is that grappling skills allowed Adam to control the fight, stay safe, subdue his attacker without hitting him. An altogether more merciful strategy than beating someone senseless and possibly killing them.
Here’s a video of part of the fight (after they clinched and went to the ground) until the police arriving and taking the attacker into custody.
Adam came on my podcast (The Strenuous Life Podcast) to talk about this incident, his training, and the relevance of BJJ to self defense.
Topics covered included…
- A step by step breakdown of the incident in question
- The BJJ point system and how it applies to self defense training,
- The amazing power of adrenaline,
- Why you should learn to fight even if you also pack heat,
- And much more.
Listen to the Conversation Here…
If you want to listen to it then grab episode 186 with Adam Nadow on the podcast player that you already have on your phone!
Here are the links to find the podcast on various players – today’s episode is number 186…
- Apple Podcasts (the purple app on your iPhone)
- Google Podcasts (the new google podcast app)
- Spotify (it’s free)
- Google Play
Or you can just stream the audio here: