Methods of control comparison – police vs MMA fighter Matt Serra

The methods used by police in this example are typical of those used by people who have very little grappling experience – holding wrists and pressing down on the head without controlling the body. Two police hold the man who has been arrested for possession of a knife in a public place, while a crowd gathers which becomes a safety concern for the officers. Although the methods used are not causing harm (the suspect is lying on his side rather than face down, most of the officer’s weight is on his own feet and the knee is pressed into the head rather than neck), the knee on the head resembles the George Floyd incident which could quickly incite the crowd to intervene.

It is very likely the man was actively resisting and attempting to escape custody before this video clip starts, however it would not make sense to continue once he saw that a crowd had gathered and was filming. Playing the victim only makes sense, whether it is right or wrong. This video resulted in the police officer being suspended.

Matt Serra, shown in the second video restraining a man who had just threatened restaurant staff and attempted to punch him, sits in the mount position which has the man immobilised. Serra controls the wrists only to prevent him from grabbing and hitting, not as the primary method of control. It also allows the man to breathe and causes very little discomfort.

Bystander assists police pursuit by pushing stick through front wheel of suspect’s bicycle

…And films the incident on his own phone at the same time.

!!BREAKING NEWS!! – NOWRA

Local junkie evades Nowra LAC/Highway Patrol officers on a Mountain bike then tries making a run for it but didn’t realise I was about to send the cunt for 10!!

NGL never in a million years did I think the Good ol Stop/Slow Stick through the Front spokes was actually going to work and was going to either throw a Cone at him or just slap the cunt off his bike with the Stop/Slow sign on the other end of the stick so I gave it a go not expecting a great outcome and here was the outcome! 🤣🤣🤣

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Leg lock used to control fight at basketball court

The black male leans forward, revealing his intention to attack as his posture has shifted to load up the punch. The white male immediately clinches and falls to the ground, pulling the other with him. He is obviously very confident on the ground and does not mind which position he initially ends up in, as long as it is on the ground.

The black male grabs the other in a head lock, which is a terrible idea against an experienced grappler as it allows them to take the back.

Others intervene for a second but the fight eventually ends with the white male threatening to destroy the leg of the black male, which is not a hollow threat as he is holding a heel hook.

Knife disarm via punch to head and control on ground

Rather than reaching for the knife when it is drawn as many people tend to do, this security guard punches the man, and as they go to the ground he and controls the hand holding the knife. He extends the hand away from the body which prevents the man from reaching for it with the other hand. Bystanders step in and assist. Excellent instincts.

Belligerent man pushes woman, is stomped by 3 men

Belligerent man attempts to intimidate couple, pushing a female in the process. He seems to regret this a split second later as he reaches to hold and prevent her from falling.

Unfortunately he has already failed miserably to take stock of the situation he is in – alone, drunk, surrounded by bystanders who may not tolerate his behaviour.