Thug picks a fight with teen on street but doesn’t realise he’s a jiu-jitsu champion

A thug picked a fight with the wrong teen when he unwittingly attacked a Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion.

Viral footage shows the moment Alex Williams defended himself against Stuart Briggs, TeessideLive reports.

The then 16-year-old executed a textbook double leg takedown after Briggs approached him when he was sitting down.

He was forced to use his martial arts experience after 35-year-old Briggs threatened “I’m gonna stab you down the alley”.

Cowardly Briggs, who bit a chunk out of Alex’s ear, has now pleaded guilty to inflicting GBH without intent.

Briggs has confessed to being the person who targeted student Alex in the lunchtime assault on the high street of Guisborough, near Middlesbrough.

The attacker will be sentenced next month at Teesside Crown Court.

No details of the offence were given at a brief court hearing on Friday, with Briggs, of Lytton Street, central Middlesbrough, granted unconditional bail until October 11.

Speaking of the attack on September 14, 2021, Alex, from Redcar, previously told Teesside Live: “As he got closer to me I saw an opportunity to defend myself and fight back, so I took it.

“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.”

The 30-second clip shows Briggs trying and failing, to attack Alex for a second time.

Alex said: “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.”

Eventually Briggs walked away and Prior Pursglove College student Alex rang Cleveland Police.

“There was blood everywhere and I realised he had bitten a chunk out of my ear,” added Alex, who required six stitches in hospital for his injuries.

Teesside Live reported in June how Alex had gone on to set up an anti-bullying gym for children. Alex, now 17, teamed up with Serenity Scott – another martial arts champ – to set up NXT Generation MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Teesside in Stockton.