A dangerous cargo ship hijacking in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates was a complete success today despite a crew member’s attempt to use Brazilian jiu-jitsu to thwart the attack. Gerd Rudolf, a second mate on the captured German vessel and a blue belt in jiu-jitsu, learned that jiu-jitsu is not effective in preventing maritime seizures by African pirates with nothing to lose. Speaking from a rusty iron floor in a locked, dimly lit room inside the bowels of the ship, a badly bruised Rudolf offered, “I can tell you from personal experience that you should not attempt to use X-guard against nervous men holding automatic weapons. And the flying triangle? Forget it.” For their part, the pirates have now found Rudolf’s copy of Saulo Ribeiro‘s Jiu-Jitsu University in his cabin and are excited to begin training should they survive negotiations with German authorities.