Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-Based De-escalation Technique From Filemon Teixeira Leopoldo

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This technique can be used by law enforcement to de-escalate the threat of an adversary, gaining physical control over him, and ultimately applying handcuffs.

(1) This technique is carried out from a standing position, facing the adversary.

a. The move also has disarmament applications, where the adversary holds a weapon.
b. In this demonstration, the adversary’s left hand would hold the weapon.

(2) Wrap your right hand around the adversary’s left wrist, reinforcing the grip with your left hand.

a. Bend your right elbow to pull the adversary’s left arm towards your right hip.

(3) Maintain your righthand grip on the adversary’s wrist, keeping your hand and his arm tucked in towards your chest.

a. Reach your left arm over his head and overtop his shoulder.

(4) Reach your left hand under the adversary’s elbow to grip your own right
wrist.

a. Keep your left arm tucked in towards your chest.

(5) Bend your knees and straighten your back, bringing your shoulders and torso up to a 90° angle.

a. Your left hand (holding your right wrist) drives your right hand forward,
forcing the adversary’s hand back.

(6) The armlock, which twists the joint ligaments, causes intense pressure on the adversary’s shoulder.

a. The adversary is forced to release the pressure by lowering his head and shoulders to the ground.

(7) Guide the adversary’s fall with your left leg, aiming for his legs to land to the left of your head.

(8) Maintaining your hands in the armlock, bring the adversary’s left arm over his torso, toward his right side.

(9) Bring your right shin to the top of the adversary’s right arm.

(10) Maintaining the armlock, tuck the adversary’s left arm tightly against his torso.

(11) Bring the fingers of your right hand into the adversary’s palm, bending his wrist, pushing his fingers towards his elbow, effectuating a wristlock.

(12) In a swift movement, bring your right hand to the adversary’s left elbow.

a. Employ a wristlock with your left hand.

(13) Your right hand grips the adversary’s right wrist, tucking his arm in towards his torso.

a. For optimal accuracy, place his hand on his right thigh with his right pinky touching the ground.

b. Your right knee releases his right arm and comes to his neck.

(14) Your right knee drives forward the adversary’s left shoulder, forcing him onto his back.

a. Place your right knee rests on his upper back, between the shoulders, and your left knee on his lower back.

(15) Your right hand releases the adversary’s elbow and retrieves his right hand, bringing it to his back.

a. Both of the adversary’s hands are secured behind his back, as he lays facedown.

b. Handcuffs can now be applied with minimal threat.


Filemon Teixeira Leopoldo

A highly acclaimed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu featherweight fighter. Perhaps most famous for his unmatched side control, Filemon’s most acclaimed moves include the Kimora grip, half-guard, and rear naked choke.

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