The Gracie Breakdown returns, this time with a new self-defense video. This one couldn’t come any sooner, after the United Airlines incident.
Rener and Ryron Gracie, who run Gracie University, created a tutorial following the notorious viral video posted on Facebook Sunday. The video shows a man being forcibly dragged out of a United Airlines plane.
Anyone who volunteered to leave the plane would receive $800 and a hotel stay, according to passengers. This was due to the airline overbooking and needing space for 4 crew members. After no one volunteered, the airline was forced to select four passengers at random, including the man in the video. After refusing to leave, the man was dragged off the plane by security, bloodying his face in the process.
If you’re worried about finding yourself in this situation, renowned martial arts instructor and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Rener Gracie, has you covered.
Gracie shows off some “self-defence” techniques here that you can use if you find yourself being “re-accommodated” by United or any other airline.
“I made the video to have a laugh, yes,” Gracie told Global News from his martial arts academy in Torrance, CA. “But I do think it was also a statement against United’s actions.”
Rener is part of Brazil’s legendary Gracie family, who invented and popularized the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu around the world. The family is also credited with being the driving force behind the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
If it isn’t clear upon watching, Gracie doesn’t intend the video to convey serious self-defence techniques – a “tornado spin inverted heel hook” isn’t exactly a move that can be gleaned from a YouTube video.
Gracie says he would preach a much different approach should someone find themselves in the same situation as Dr. David Dao, the man in the now-infamous United Airlines video.
“If you’re a passenger [on a flight] and you’re dealing with law enforcement, you should never fight,” Gracie said.
De-escalation is a big theme of Gracie’s approach to self-defence, which emphasizes the use of force only when absolutely necessary.
“The best thing you can do is talk your way out of the situation. There’s no street fight that can’t be avoided.”
Gracie has made a name for himself online with his popular “Gracie Breakdown” videos, where he along with his brother Ryron Gracie and wife (and former WWE champion) Eve Torres break down self-defence techniques for a general audience.
According to Gracie, one of his goals in making the video was to call out United and other airlines for the “crazy practice” of removing passengers from overbooked flights.
“All airlines overbook these flights intentionally,” Gracie said. “My conviction is that the customer is rightfully entitled to his seat.”
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