Everyone wants to be the hero at least once in their lives. That opportunity arose and was beautifully acted upon by a man--in a wheelchair--wearing a green plaid jacket in a convenience store. Without a second thought, this courageous man stopped a thief.
Courageous Wheelchair Man video
An unbelievably bold man went behind the counter at the convenience store and appeared to be interfering with the cashier. There were several customers in the store at the time that the action took place.
The first man on the scene wheeled himself over to the counter-height, swinging door that served as an unlocked (and easy to hop over) barrier separating the cashier's area from the rest of the store.
This man, in a wheelchair, moved into position and then executed -- with perfect timing, a rear naked choke grip and then switched to double-unders.
I jumped out of my chair with excitement and respect for this man who reacted with cool, calm confidence. The bad guy moved backwards causing the wheelchair bound man to come out of his chair and onto the floor.
I'm so moved by his bravery.
Encouraged, other customers came to the rescue brandishing the yellow "slippery when wet" sign and then tackling the thief when he tried to stand up.
MMA for Self-Defense
The subject of MMA for self-defense has come up a lot lately. From bar brawls--which aren't worthy of respect--to eleven year hero's using BJJ to thwart kidnappers, the sport of mixed martial arts is gaining respect for providing practitioners with the right tools to use at the right time.
The most important thing I've noticed in each case is that, at the moment of decision, the rescuer is rational and effective. I believe that comes from practicing being placed in "scary" situations, from learning and demonstrating new moves (oh no, I might goof up in front of everyone) to rolling and sparring (yikes! those punches hurt!).
People who practice martial arts learn to keep a clear mind and to let their body memory take over when the shizzle hits the fan.
Comments from Youtube viewers
MrAwesome8617 : "The awkward moment when you`re taken down by a handicapped man, a woman, and a `Wet Floor` sign."
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny.
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