As a general rule of thumb it’s good to avoid stealing things from people.

Indeed, the majority of people will go through their lives never stealing from someone, but if for some strange reason you get the urge, here’s a piece of advice: don’t.

Personally, I’ve never felt compelled to go over to someone and take something from them, which is probably why I’ve never had my arm put in an arm lock.

The same, however, can’t be said for our robber in question, who learned the hard way why stealing is a big no-no.

A robber in Manaus, Brazil, decided to ignore one of life’s fundamental principles and attempted to steal a phone from a woman as she left her house.

What he didn’t account for, however, was the fact that his target was trained in jiu-jitsu, which, as you’d expect, resulted in him having his a*se handed to him.

As can be seen from the footage below, 22-year-old Sabrina Leite didn’t take too kindly to the robber and proceeded to lock his arm in a bar move as he writhed around on the floor in pain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzijtNfX5Dc

Local media reported Sabrina was in front of her house when two men on a motorcycle confronted her. One of them jumped off the bike and demanded Sabrina to give her smartphone at which pointed she started chasing him.

Speaking to a local newspaper she said:

“I could feel that they didn’t have anything (weapons), they just arrived scarily saying “pass the phone”.

I saw they didn’t have anything and that’s why I reacted. If they had been armed I would never have reacted.

“He was running away. My neighbour went after him in the car and reached him. Then I ran and immobilised him with a sleeper hold, I lay on the ground and put him in an arm lock.”

She added that she was able to perform the arm lock because she had practiced a lot:

“It’s all a question of technique. I have been training for four years, I’m still a white belt. Ranking and belts don’t matter to me.”

Apparently, Sabrina spent 20 minutes on the ground with the criminal/victim until police arrived and apprehended the man for attempted robbery.

Police are still looking for a second suspect who fled the scene.

I suppose this shows three things: the first, that crime doesn’t pay, the second, that learning self-defence isn’t a bad idea, and the third, that karma really is a b*tch.

Speaking of karma – check out these folks who also learned how life has a funny way of getting you back.

Excellent.

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