BJJ Black Belt Takes Down Man Sucker Punching People in Soho

A New York man thought he could get away with sucker punching people in Manhattan’s Soho shopping district last Wednesday.

Samuel Frazier, 28, assaulted several people by the time Ro Malabanan, 44, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, appeared on the scene and took him down. 

Malabanan was on his way to work when he saw the perpetrator punch a construction worker. He confirmed the man was ok before pursuing Frazier and taking him down.

He recalled:

“I walked up to the guy that (was) hit, to check to see if he was OK. He said he wasn’t okay … Immediately, my martial arts side kicks in and I’m like, let’s go stop this guy. Who knows what he’s capable of… My jiu-jitsu training kicked in, and I immediately just jumped on his back, he tried to fling me off of him. I had what’s called the seatbelt position, which helped me to drag him down to the ground.”

The black belt instructed onlookers to call the police and stayed on top of the suspect until they arrived.

Malabanan doesn’t feel like a hero but a person just doing the right thing:

“I don’t think I’m a hero, just doing my part for New York … We New Yorkers are willing to help strangers out because that’s what New York is all about. I’m just really grateful I was able to stop someone and put my martial arts to use. Being able to help people, to do it in the real world, is incredible.”

Malabanan said Frazier clocked 6 people before he took him down. Police confirmed that Frazier hit at least a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy. 

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