A martial arts teacher, who was instructing a children’s class at the time, helped police by tackling a fleeing drink driver.
Martial artist, Ray Clarke was leading a children’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class when he noticed police pulling over a car outside.
He then noticed the bulky driver was starting to manhandle the police officers, so still wearing his traditional gi, he ran outside to help.
After what was described as a “violent struggle” Mr Clarke was able to put the burly driver, Arkadiusz Danczyszyn onto he ground using a basic jiu-jitsu technique, whilst the officers applied restraints to his legs.
Speaking to the press, Mr Clarke stated: “What sort of criminal decides to put up a fuss outside a martial arts academy?
“The man who had been handcuffed started to act a bit shady, he was looking around and edging back from the officer.
“All of a sudden he started to push and pull the officer with force and it was quite clear that the officer was struggling to control the man.
“I quickly ran out of the academy and managed to secure a grip on the man, who was to trying to escape.
“I used a Filipino martial arts move first while the man was standing.
“He still struggled violently so I quickly took the man to the ground by using a very simple jiu-jitsu take down.
“I then controlled him until the officer managed to take out leg restraints and secure his legs.
“The actions I took were very simple but effective jiu-jitsu controlling moves.
“I know police have training in these situations, but I think a lot more could be done to help stop this type of scenario, such as martial arts training.
“I’m glad it didn’t escalate and I was able to help.”
Appearing in court, Danczyszyn admitted drink-driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and resisting a PC.
He was sentenced to four weeks in prison, fined £115 and disqualified from driving for five years.
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