If you've been wondering whether or not to sign your kid up for jiu-jitsu classes ... do it! Eleven-year-old Jonah Yano of Honolulu's years of jiu-jitsu practice must have had something to do with his ability to save 9-year-old sister Brooklyn from a suspected kidnapper. Either that, or the kid is some kind of superhero (maybe both).
Especially considering the attempted kidnapping involved a moving vehicle. Jonah and Brooklyn were sitting in their dad Jay's truck, which was parked right in front of their house. Jay started the engine -- he was planning to take the kids to work with him that day, the day after Thanksgiving -- then walked around to the back of the truck.
That's when he spotted a strange man making his way across the street.
Before Jay even knew what was happening, his truck began rolling forward. When he ran around to the driver's side and opened the door, he must've gotten the shock of his life -- times two ...
Not only was the strange man sitting at the wheel, 11-year-old Jonah had the man pinned down! The 35-year-old man!
"I just grabbed his shoulder and started punching his face, telling him to get out of the truck," says Jonah.
Jonah's quick thinking gave his dad just enough time to pull the man out of the truck. Naturally he took off like a shot, but Jay (who sounds like something of a superhero himself) was able to catch up with the man a couple of blocks away and hold him down until police arrived.
Did I mention Jonah and Brooklyn are completely adorable? Just watch ...
So clearly Jonah inherited some kind of serious prize fighting genes from Jay, but the jiu-jitsu lessons? I still think they're a pretty good idea.
Does your child take any kind of self-defense classes?
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