It’s good to learn some form of self-defense to not only protect yourself but those around you as well. A Chicago man put his 3rd-degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt to good use after he took down an alleged thief at a 7-Eleven.
Idriz Redzovic was out buying Slurpees for his kids when he noticed a man harassing people outside. He watched the man enter the store and attack a 19-year-old employee. At that point, Redzovic felt he needed to step in.
With 22 years of training and as the owner of the Supreme Academy of Jiu-Jitsu, Redzovic detained the man. “Once I saw him actually connect and hit the employee in his head, I jumped in, grabbed him like I do in training here, put him down, flattened him like a pancake and then I tied him up like a pretzel in a position called ‘Gift Wrap’ or ‘Twisting Arm Control,'” said Redzovic.
For the next 18 minutes, Redzovic live-streamed the incident on Facebook until the Chicago police arrived at the scene. When police arrived, they arrested the suspect. Christopher Cruz was charged with two misdemeanor counts of retail theft and battery.
Earlier that same day, Cruz had stolen merchandise from the 7-Eleven and when he returned to the store, the employee asked him to leave. The suspect then punched the employee and Redzovic pinned him to the ground.
“Sometimes people come to us after something happens to learn self-defense… Why not learn it now?” said Redzovic.