Sydney Winder, left, right stock photo of a man crying
In BJJ one of the biggest pros when signing up kids is enabling them to stand up to abuse. This is exactly happened to a 5ft 3 inches tall jiu jitsu student who was taken to court after clashing with a man at a petrol station.
Dailymail reports :
Sydney Winder, 23, was prosecuted after she tackled teacher Greg Turner when he became aggressive over the amount of time it was taking her to pay for fuel.
More than six months later, the assault case against her was finally dropped after previously undisclosed evidence came to light.
Winder was approached by the aggressive assailant making obscene gestures when thing took a turn. Winder then punched Turner in the face before she was bundled to the bonnet of his car. Turner was then grabbed by another motorist.
Winder used a secret weapon to defend herself from the abuse.
She said: “I studied jiu jitsu from 2015 to 2017 and then did a women’s self-defence course which specialises in situations like that.
“It teaches you how to analyse the situation you’re in with aggressive men. He was a prime example of the type of people you get in these kinds of situations.”
Upon police arrival Turner was in tears and reportedly whined: ‘If swearing and shouting is aggressive, then I was aggressive.’
A disclosure error by the police meant witness details were not handed to Miss Winder’s defence team.
Magistrate Peter Sutton told her: ‘Your case has been dropped because of evidence which was available which the Crown has not disclosed.’
Speaking after the case, Miss Winder told the Brighton Argus: ‘It should have been dealt with at the first hearing.
‘It has been really stressful for me… I’ve had it dangling over my head, worrying my mum and my friends.’
She added: ‘I didn’t want to have anything on my record… This could have really affected my future career. I’m not a bad person.’