According to TMZ, the Jerry Maguire actor has been spending his Saturdays putting his MMA skills to good use with fellow actor and martial artist Remi Franklin.
The duo have been busy in the Fairfax District making sure worshippers are able to safely come and go from temple after a slew of anti-Semitic attacks that have plagued the neighborhood in recent months.
Last May, a group of pro-Palestinian men attacked Jewish diners outside of Sushi Fumi. Since the hate crime took place, more and more violence against local Orthodox Jews has occurred, including attempts to run over children.
The Hollywood good Samaritan is no actor when it comes to his ability to fight. Lipnicki — who also starred in family classics like Stuart Little and The Little Vampire — is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and has competed in MMA competitions for years.
In 2020 Lipnicki wrote on his Instagram page, “I’m in shock. I don’t know how to express exactly how I feel. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt!!! I have been training roughly 14 years, and jiu-jitsu has been there for me through the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
“I am an actor, so people often assume I’m going to suck or have been exclusively privately trained. That is not the case here, but that has sure made me work harder!”
“I roll with everybody! I have had my a– kicked since I was 15 years old, and it has both simultaneously built my confidence and kept me humble. I have had to take time off when I do film, but I have always made an effort to come back when I’m done and get back into the mix.”
TMZ spoke to Lipnicki about his heroic use of MMA to stop attacks.
“[The group was started] to make sure people got home and to the synagogue safely…families, women, children,” the young actor stated, going on to say, “everybody should have the right to worship without being discriminated against.”
Source: Ok! Magazine