Following a victory at this past weekend’s massive UFC 190 event, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has left her belt in Brazil – but for a good reason.
Rousey[/autotag] (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) made quick work of challenger Bethe Correia (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the Aug. 1 pay-per-view headliner, which took place at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.
Prior to her 34-second win (watch the Rousey vs. Correia video highlights), Rousey said she planned to leave the belt in Brazil – since Brazilian-born Correia wouldn’t be able to do it herself.
“I’ve decided that after I win (at UFC 190), I’m going to make sure that when I have the belt, and I won’t take it home with me,” she said this past week. “I’m going to give it and make sure that it stays someplace in Brazil as my gift.”
On Tuesday, she posted the above photo (via Instagram) as she delivered her belt to the Reaction Institute, a judo school in Rio de Janeiro. She donated $30,000 to the school, run by fellow Olympic judoka medalist Flavio Canto, in March, as seen below (via Instagram). She first visited the institute in 2014.
Dallas ISD police officers learned a form of judo Tuesday. Not the physical kind, but a verbal one to defuse conflicts before they get physical.
About 40 officers learned “verbal judo,” a method used to de-escalate conflicts with verbal techniques. They learned to offer solutions to a person who is angry, or make a point of asking for someone’s version of what happened.
The training comes as incidents involving police use of force are in the national spotlight.
“What we’re talking about here is so timely,” said DISD Police Chief Craig Miller. “We want to defuse the situation, quite frankly, instead of escalating.”
DISD Sgt. Roderick “Tre” Montgomery is trained in verbal judo, and he led the class. Officers engaged in role-play scenarios, such as dealing with a parent who is upset that a child’s cellphone has been stolen. They also practiced using calming techniques, in both their tone and body language.
Montgomery advised the officers to try to reach people on a personal level.
“A lot of time I tell people my first name because it makes it personal,” he said.
Montgomery said police officers also have to slow down and not take the stance that because they are officers they have to be respected.
“Explain to them why you are there,” he said. “We really have to start thinking, how do I talk to this person vs. fighting with this person?”
Phrases that can make a situation worse: Calm down. Hey, relax. “Do not use those words,” Montgomery said.
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.