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MMA Fighter and Iraq War Vet Foils Robbery With Rear Naked Choke [VIDEO]

(This despicable human cockfighting needs to stop.)

A schizophrenic man walks into a party store and tells the clerk he has a gun in his pocket and that he’ll use it if he doesn’t give him the money out of the register.

No, this isn’t the set-up to a corny joke, it’s what went down last Thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan but that isn’t the remarkable part of the story; it’s what happened next that makes the robbery attempt much more interesting.

“I look at the cashier — I kind of know him, I come in there every day — I whispered to him, I mouthed to him, ‘Are you getting robbed right now?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ like really scared,” recalls customer Zack Thome, an Army vet and current college student who also happened to be a trained MMA fighter.

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Without hesitating, Thorne lunged at the robber, slapping on a rear-naked choke and taking him to the ground, where he held him until police arrived and arrested the 38-year-old who was recently released from jail.

“It’s kind of my hometown.  I live right next to the place, you know, I’m in there everyday.  I think if it was the other way around, if I worked there and the guy at the register was there, he would have done the same thing,” said Thome,

It’s ironic that a sport deemed by vehement opponents like Bob Reilly as being a terrible spectacle that civilized society could do without, has contributed to the thwarting of a handful of robberies and at least one homicidal rampage in the last couple years.


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SenseiMorgan- March 29, 2012 at 11:03 am
From behind, use the inside of one foot to stomp inward behind the knee AS you sing the choke... stomp like you are going to drive his kneecap into the ground... 1. You CAN smack his kneecap into the ground and distract him from the choke. 2. The guy becomes really short, really fast - making it easier to really sink the choke under the chin. 3. From there, just fall back and pull him on top of you... because you are starting from basically kneeling height it makes the fall easier - even on hard surfaces like concrete or tile. This is the self defense application to the classical technique.
SenseiMorgan- March 29, 2012 at 10:52 am
Listen up, knuckleheads... Unless you are a REAL bad-ass, if there are other people and a gun or knife in play, don't play the hero if all the guy is doing is ROBBING the place! Here, the guy - if he had a gun, didn't have it out so our man Zack and a good shot at this... but if you are in a store or bank and a guy has a gun out unless you think someone really IS going to get shot, just let the punk take the money. All you need is to try to deflect the gun and have the bullet rip into a 10 year old girl in the candy aisle to ruin your life forever.

I'm not saying to not use your skills and courage to save people - I am saying be SMART and don't let your EGO make a bad situation worse. I personally have interceeded twice in situations where women were being assaulted, and let a couple of other situations just roll on by because other people would have been at greater risk.

If you've ever read Dick Marchinco's books (Rogue Warrior) you know about his personal relationship with Mr. Murphy of "Murphy's law" fame...

You just never know when the jerk you are facing has a friend standing behind you...

You never know when your foot is going to slip in a puddle of beer or pile of sawdust or pile of dog poop.

You never know when that little guy you are about to pound on has 30 years more martial arts experience than you and an affinity for eye gouging...

You NEVER know... and if your playing hero ends up making a situation worse and someone gets hurt because of your choices, you WILL regret it... just look at George Zimmerman - the Florida guy who killed the 17 year old. Like him or hate him, the moment he got OUT of his car to play hero when he didn't have to, he destroyed both HIS and the other kids (and familys) lives.

The fighter War Machine is back in prison for another year just because he never learned how to let something go and walk away from a fight... the moment you let your EGO make the decisions is the moment you attract the attention of Mr. Murphy.

I Don't mean to lecture, but I am older than most and have been training since 1970 and have seen a lot of water go under the bridge... I'm just saying.
KOmateo- March 28, 2012 at 11:08 am
the best one i have heard about is the army vet in florida who stopped a bank robbery.
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GistoftheFist- March 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm
Cecil Peoples still scored it in Slanger's favor.
SenseiMorgan- March 29, 2012 at 10:55 am
YOU are a funny man!!! Coffee came out my nose!
HEY- March 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm
Goes to the party store every day? Dayum
O Chan- March 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm
Kind of pointless to mention Bob Reilly since he's about to retire, right?
Alan K- March 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm
He had the choke in before the his hooks were in place. That's risky. He could've lost position.
SenseiMorgan- March 29, 2012 at 10:58 am
You can't do it in the dojo, but in the street once you have the back and you roll to YOUR back, you can easily do a "heel" kick to the guys balls AS you sink that first hook, or get the hook with one leg... draw that leg down a few extra inches, straighten your other leg and BLAMMO! Heel in the nards - the distance and aim is just about PERFECT every time. I'm a little guy and I've made it work on a guy 6'3"
Viva Hate- March 26, 2012 at 10:52 am
Damn, no mask, a pretty easy to describe and point out in a line up look, and completely oblivious to the customers shopping, worst robber ever!
El Guapo- March 26, 2012 at 11:45 am
Did you lose your glasses, Viva? Dude's wearing a billy goat mask.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- March 26, 2012 at 10:35 am
Is that dude albino? Is that a hate crime?
The12ozCurls- March 26, 2012 at 10:13 am
From his appearance, the robber, Brandon Slanger, looks to be a high ranking government official. Nice facial hair douche-bag.
ExpectJesusBro- March 26, 2012 at 9:56 am
Well done, son. Hoorah.