Heroic Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Takes Down Assailant In New York City

MMA Fighter Ro Malabanan sprung into action and took down an assailant on the streets of NYC

@rotheshow on Instagram

An MMA fighter named Ro Malabanan is a hero today after he stopped an assailant on the streets of New York City. 

Malabanan known as Ro the Show on Instgram is a black belt in Brazilan jiu-jitsu and recently used his skills to apprehend a man who was randomly punching people on the streets of New York. According to Malabanan’s social media, he was on his way to work when he encountered a man who had been haphazardly hitting people on the street. 

Malabanan saw a man get punched in the face and then others came up to him and told him that the attacker had done that same thing to several people in the area. Malabanan knew the man had to be stopped so he tracked him down and used his BJJ skills to take him down to the ground. 


“My jiu-jitsu instincts just kicked in. I jumped on his back,” Malabanan said in his Instagram post. “He tried to swing me off then — but for those of you in the know — a seatbelt position dragged him down to the floor, and I immediately took his back and pinned him to the ground.”

Malabanan credits his martial arts training for his quick reaction

Malabanan says the whole ordeal lasted just a minute but he was able to pin the man down and had others nearby call the police. The New York City police came and apprehended the man. 

“Play stupid games, and win stupid prizes,” Malabanan wrote in his post. 

The attacker was later identified as Samuel Frazier, a homeless man according to The New York Post. Two Frazier’s victims were a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy. He has been charged with two counts of assault following the ordeal. The reasoning behind the attacks according to the video was that people were walking into him.

Malabanan is a boxing and MMA instructor and actor. On his Instgram page, which has over 17K followers, he can be seen teaching jiu-jitsu and boxing skills. 

Published on August 4, 2022 at 9:40 am
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