Man uses martial arts training to incapacitate violent car thief in Kelowna – Chilliwack Progress

Jiu-jitsu training reportedly saved a man’s life during an attack with a carjacking suspect in Kelowna.

The Lake Country Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gym is where a local man learned how to defend himself from a “near-death situation” on March 7, according to Donavin Scott, the gym’s owner and instructor.

Names have been redacted as the matter is before the courts.

Inspector Adam MacIntosh said Kenneth Patrick Morrison was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle when it crashed in Glenmore around 8am on March 7.

The suspect then allegedly attempted to take another vehicle by force from a jiu-jitsu-trained Good Samaritan who had pulled over to assist in the accident.

Morrison pointed a gun at the man and when the gun missed, the Lake Country martial artist’s “jiu-jitsu” automatically went off, Scott said.

Scott said his student called him after the incident to thank him for his vital training.

According to Scott, his student put the known violent offender in a chokehold to neutralize the situation, before pepper spray was deployed on him.

The assailant then stole another truck and fled before being apprehended by RCMP in West Kelowna, Inspector MacIntosh said.

Morrison, the suspect, is in custody and faces a charge of attempted murder.

The investigation is ongoing, but this is not the first time Morrison has been involved in vehicle theft.

In 2017, Morrison pleaded guilty to theft from vehicle, escape from police, dangerous driving, disqualified driving and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident after stealing a cleaning van. in Saskatchewan, according to the Regina Leader-Post. A Regina Provincial Court judge sentenced Morrison to time served.

During his hearing, Morrison apologized in court for his actions saying, “I’m now looking for and ready to accept any help I need to make sure nothing like this happens again.”

Scott said he instructs his students to be careful and act only in self-defense. The gym does not offer self-defense classes but is open to anyone wishing to learn martial arts.

In 2021, the gym was awarded Business Leader of the Year and is focused on being a fun and inclusive place to workout.

Scott said everyone is welcome at his gym, regardless of fitness level or ability. He runs family classes where parents and children can train together, classes for beginners and children, and trains advanced athletes.


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Kristen T. Prall