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MMA fighter Ro Malabanan who beat New York threat offers fighting advice


MMA fighter Ro Malabanan, who used his training to subdue an alleged assault suspect in Manhattan last week, offered some fighting advice to his fellow New Yorkers in a series of videos from his brush with vigilantism.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt showed the Post three moves that can be used to subdue a would-be attacker from his gym, days after shooting 28-year-old Samuel Frazier after seeing him hit a construction worker in Soho .

Ro Malabanan, 44, a martial arts instructor at Kano Martial Arts, demonstrates a pullback move with Kenal Ortega, 29.
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The first move Malabanan presented was a chokehold with his sparring partner. He grabbed his partner from behind – the same way he confronted Frazier – and held his right arm to his neck.

“I’ve trained so many times in the gym where I immediately go [to the choke move] because that’s really where we live as far as jiu-jitsu practitioners are concerned… we’re trying to get the fight over as soon as possible,” he said.

“So the minute I’m here,” he said, tightening his arm around his partner’s throat, “I’m already looking to finish [at] the neck.”

“However, I’m so glad that on the street I realized I couldn’t do this…so I immediately went for the choke…and moved on to the arms. There’s so much going on, it’s It’s so fast. It’s crazy.”

The martial arts and boxing instructor then displayed a ground grappling motion used to gain control of an opponent, approaching his partner perpendicularly from the side while on his back. He wrapped his left arm behind his partner’s neck and connected his hands with his right arm on his chest.

MMA fighter Ro Malabanan who beat New York threat offers fighting advice
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt shot and killed Samuel Frazier, 28, after seeing him punch a construction worker.
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Naturally, his opponent tries to push him away.

“As he starts pushing me away, which he’s supposed to – If I don’t address this… I’m going to lose everything,” he said, as his hands left the floor.

In jiu-jitsu, he said, “the minute I feel him start to release his neck, I’ll immediately transition into what’s called a choke. And from that position, I control his wrists,” as he grabs them, before squeezing into a “north-south” and starting to squeeze firmly.

He goes down, changes “level” and tackles his partner, now lying on his back. He then straddled him and took control of his wrists.

“It’s called a mount. And here, I just have wrist control, so if he or she has a weapon, I’m able to hold that position.

MMA fighter Ro Malabanan who beat New York threat offers fighting advice
Ro Malabanan, demonstrates a withdrawal movement on Kenal Ortega.
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Malabanan used his skills last Wednesday to detain Frazier – a homeless man who attacked a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy “without provocation”, the NYPD said.

MMA fighter Ro Malabanan who beat New York threat offers fighting advice
Malabanan detains Samuel Frazier after seeing him punch a construction worker in Soho.
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The Filipino fighter pinned Frazier to the sidewalk outside the flagship Converse store on Broadway in the Soho shopping district, footage shows.

Other enraged victims then began trying to attack the incapacitated suspect, but Malabanan told them to stop and call the cops instead, he said in an Instagram video after the incident.

Malabanan, who was not questioned by police because he was late for work, said he believed there were at least six people attacked by Frazier.

Frazier was arrested and charged with two counts of assault, police say.

MMA fighter Ro Malabanan who beat New York threat offers fighting advice
Malabanan offered advice to New Yorkers on how to stay safe.
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New York Post

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