MMA blackbelt Ro Malabanan, who took down Soho menace, offers New Yorkers fighting tips

MMA fighter Ro Malabanan, who used his training to subdue an alleged assault suspect in Manhattan last week, offered a few fighting tips to fellow New Yorkers in a series of videos since his brush with vigilantism.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt showed The Post three moves that can be used to subdue a potential attacker from his gym, days after he took down 28-year-old Samuel Frazier after he saw him sucker-punch a construction worker in Soho.

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 exhibited was a choke move with his sparring partner. He grabbed his partner from behind — the same way he confronted Frazier — and held his right arm across his neck.

“I’ve trained myself so many times in the gym where I immediately go [to the choke move] because that’s really where we live as far as jiu-jitsu practitioners are … we’re trying to finish the fight as soon as possible,” he said.

“So the minute I’m here,” he said, tightening his arm across his partner’s throat, “I’m already looking to finish [at] the neck.”

“However, I’m so glad that in the streets it dawned on me that I can’t do that … so I immediately went for the choke … and I switched to the arms. There’s so much going on, it’s so fast. It’s crazy.”

The martial arts and boxing instructor then displayed a grappling move on the ground used to gain control over an opponent, approaching his partner perpendicularly from the side while he’s on his back. He wrapped his left arm behind his partner’s neck and connected his hands with his right arm over his torso.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt took down 28-year-old Samuel Frazier after he saw him sucker-punch a construction worker.
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Naturally, his opponent tries to push him off.

“As he’s starting to push me off of him, which is what he’s supposed to do — If I don’t address this … I’m going to lose everything,” he said, as his hands left the ground.

In jiu-jitsu, he said, “the minute I feel him start to loosen up his neck I’m going to immediately transition for what’s called a choke. And from this position I control his wrists’,” as he grabs them, before he clamps down in a “north-south” and starts squeezing tightly.

He gets low, changing “his level” and tackles his partner, now lying on his back. He then straddled him and seized control of his wrists.

“This is what’s called a mount. And here I just have wrist control so if he or she has a weapon I’m able to maintain this position.”

Ro Malabanan, demonstrates a takedown move on Kenal Ortega.
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Malabanan used his skills last Wednesday to detain Frazier — a homeless man who attacked a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy “unprovoked,”, NYPD said.

Malabanan detains Samuel Frazier after he saw him sucker-punch a construction worker in Soho.

The Filipino fighter pinned Frazier to the sidewalk in front of the Converse flagship store on Broadway in Soho’s shopping district, footage shows.

Other enraged victims then began trying to attack the neutralized suspect, but Malabanan asked them to stop and call the cops instead, he said in an Instagram video after the incident.

Malabanan, who was not interviewed by police as he was late for work, said he believes there were at least six people that Frazier attacked.

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

Malabanan offered advice for New Yorkers on how to stay safe.
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