Moment thug picks a fight with junior Jiu-Jitsu world champion, 16

Moment thug picks a fight with junior Jiu-Jitsu world champion, 16, who then takes down the attacker and restrains him on the ground

  • Stuart Briggs, 35, pleaded guilty to inflicting GBH without intent on Friday
  • Briggs, from Middlesbrough, attacked then 16-year-old Alex Williams last year
  • The student, now 17, is a multiple junior world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • He was able to defend himself by flipping the older man over onto the floor 

This is the moment a violent thug’s attack on a 16-year-old boy completely backfired after the teenager turned out to be a junior martial arts world champion.

Stuart Briggs, 35, has confessed to targeting student Alex Williams, now 17, during a lunchtime assault in Guisborough, North Yorkshire.

Briggs appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to inflicting GBH without intent for the attack that left Alex requiring six stitches at hospital for his injuries.

The 35-year-old from Middlesbrough was granted unconditional bail until October 11. 

The aggressive thug, who bit a chunk out of the boy’s ear, launched an attack on the teenager, shouting: ‘I’m gonna smash your head in’ and ‘I’m gonna stab you down the alley.

But what Briggs did not realise is that the young boy was a multiple junior world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Video footage shows the moment that Briggs approaches the teenager sat on a high street bench with a friend. 

Briggs attempts to grab him but extraordinary footage captured the moment that Alex jumps into defence mode, and appears to lift the man – more than double his age- up and flip him over onto the floor as he restrains him. 

This was the moment that then 16-year-old Alex Williams, a junior world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, flipped over 35-year-old Stuart Briggs who had launched an attack on him while he was sat on a bench

Alex, a student from Redcar, North Yorkshire is a multiple time Jiu-Jitsu world champion

The aggressor is able to briefly escape as Alex attempts to walk away from the situation but he keeps coming back at the then 16-year-old.

The teenager removes some personal belongings from his pockets as the two men square up to each other while bystanders watch on.

As the pair grapple on the floor, a man appears to approach them to help break things up.

Speaking about the September 14 attack last year, Alex from Redcar, North Yorkshire, previously told Teesside Live: ‘As he got closer to me I saw an opportunity to defend myself and fight back, so I took it.

Briggs bit a chunk of the teenager’s ear off which left him requiring six stitches in hospital after the attack 

Briggs (pictured) has confessed to targeting the teenager and pleaded guilty to inflicting GBH without intent on Friday 

‘When the fight or flight kicks in you’ve got to choose one or the other and I chose to fight back and I was focused.

‘Obviously I was worried in case he had a knife on him because he has threatened to stab me but in situations like that it’s about surviving and I was thankfully ready for him.

‘I thought after I had taken him down the first time that he would have walked away but he came back for more so I just continued to try to restrain him without hitting him.

‘I was in a seated position and the move just came to me naturally because I’ve drilled it a thousand times in training. My main aim was to de-escalate the situation safely.

‘There was blood everywhere and I realised he had bitten a chunk out of my ear,’ added Alex. 

Eventually Briggs walked away and the student at Prior Pursglove College rang the police. 

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