A news from odia Violence in Rio de Janeiro has claimed another victim on the 20th of June. The jiu-Jitsu instructor at the academy of Ipanema Fight, Bruno Inacio Nunes, aged 37, was recently killed in an attempted robbery that occurred on a bus. The powerful black belt tried to disarm the robber but was shot in the head and reported to be dead.
At the time, the bus was not very full of people, and when the single gunman came and started to take the belongings of his victims, Bruno thought that he would be able to disarm him and get away. He took his opportunity but was later shot in the head, right above his left eyebrow, killing him instantly.
I have seen tons of videos from martial artists on doing gun disarming. Different flavors and choreography for anybody out there, but what you never see (or at least I have not) is somebody failing the demonstration. There is an inherent bias towards successfully demonstrating the technique which includes the person playing the gunman and this leaves you with the misconception that after a couple of practice runs with your little sister, you are now ready to take on anybody.
Sadly, reality bites and leaves nasty puncture marks. From what I researched in the web, Mr. Nunes was a professional who trained hard and long in his craft. I don’t know what exactly happened, but it stands to reason that he could have performed much better than any untrained person, yet he failed. It is not a criticism but simply a reality we must face.
Train realistic, work for victory but understand failure is in the cards.