Jiu Jitsu matches can be intense. One concerned dog thought so too and decided to do something about it.
While at the Campeonato Nacional Open held by the Liga Chilena de Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the city of Valparaíso recently audiences were treated to a four-legged interference call when the dog marched into the arena and headed straight towards two competitors wrestling on the mat.
In the now viral clip, the large black dog makes straight for the pair and then lies right on top of the man wearing the white gi as if protecting him from harm.
Francisca Silueta caught the moment on video from the stands:
The referee immediately had to step in and lift the dog off the competitor before carrying the canine off of the competition floor.
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The hilarity of the moment wasn’t lost on the fighter and he broke into a smile.
The crowd enthusiastically applauded the dog’s actions, not knowing who he was but admiring his attempts to break up the fight.
“Suddenly, all the eyes were staring at this dog, and all the competitors had to stop. Everybody started clapping,” Silueta later told The Dodo of what happened at the competition. “It was like the dog had won first place.”
Although initially unclear if the dog was protecting his dad or a stranger at the time, comments on social media and news outlets say the man in the white gi is the dog’s owner. No wonder the dog wanted to participate!