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MMA fighter Ro Malabanan, who defeated NYC threat, offers fight tips

MMA fighter Ro Malabanan, who used his training to subdue a suspected assault suspect in Manhattan last week, gave his New Yorkers some fighting tips in a series of videos since he faced 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 he defeated 28-year-old Samuel Frazier after seeing him hit a construction worker in hit Soho with a sucker.

Ro Malabanan, 44, a martial arts instructor at Kano Martial Arts, demonstrates a takedown move with Kenal Ortega, 29.
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The first move Malabanan showed was a choke move with his sparring partner. He grabbed his partner from behind – just as he was facing Frazier – and wrapped his right arm around his neck.

“I’ve worked out at the gym so many times that I’m going straight away [to the choke move] because that’s where we really live as far as jiu-jitsu practitioners go…we’re trying to end the fight as soon as possible,” he said.

“As soon as I get here,” he said, tightening his arm around his partner’s throat, “I’ll look to finish [at] the neck.”

“However, I’m so glad I realized on the road that I can’t do that…so I immediately choked…and switched to arms. There’s so much going on, it’s going so fast. It’s crazy.”

The martial arts and boxing instructor then performed a ground grappling motion to control an opponent and approached his partner vertically from the side while lying on his back. He wrapped his left arm around his partner’s neck and linked his hands with his right arm across his torso.

Ro Malabanan, 44, a martial arts instructor at Kano Martial Arts, demonstrates a takedown move with Kenal Ortega, 29.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has defeated 28-year-old Samuel Frazier after he was seen beating up a construction worker.
Stephen Yang

Of course, his opponent tries to push him off.

“When he starts pushing me away from him, which he should be doing — if I don’t address that … I’m going to lose everything,” he said as his hands left the ground.

In jiu-jitsu, he said, “The moment I feel him start to loosen his neck, I’ll immediately switch to what’s called a choke.” And from this position, I control his wrists” as he grasps them before locking in a “north-south” and beginning to squeeze hard.

He sinks, changes “his level” and grabs his partner, who is now lying on his back. Then he straddled him and took control of his wrists.

“It’s called a mount. And here I only have wrist control. If he or she has a gun, I can hold that position.”

Ro Malabanan demonstrates a takedown move against Kenal Ortega.
Ro Malabanan demonstrates a takedown move against Kenal Ortega.
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Malabanan used his skills last Wednesday to arrest Frazier – a homeless man who attacked a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy “for no reason,” the NYPD said.

Malabanan arrests Samuel Frazier after witnessing him beating up a construction worker in Soho.
Malabanan arrests Samuel Frazier after witnessing him beating up a construction worker in Soho.
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The Filipino militant pushed Frazier onto the sidewalk outside the Converse flagship store on Broadway in the Soho shopping district, footage shows.

Other angry victims then tried to attack the neutralized suspect, but Malabanan asked them to stop and call the police 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 believes Frazier assaulted at least six people.

Frazier was charged and charged with two counts of assault, according to police.

Ro Malabanan demonstrates a takedown move against Kenal Ortega.
Malabanan offered New Yorkers advice on how to stay safe.
Stephen Yang

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