Police Officers Need Jiu Jitsu Now.
Why Police should train some type of grappling
Being a cop can be extremely terrifying, every simple traffic stop can be the end. We’ve all seen dash cam footage of cops being attacked or killed or injured during routine arrests. It’s a scary thought knowing your life is constantly in danger and I have the upmost respect for the men and women who do that on a daily basis. It’s a very scary job and unfortunately many of our men and women in uniform are grossly under-trained which can result in the deaths of either our cops or the suspects they are trying to arrest. I have trained alongside many Law Enforcement Officers and have heard countless stories of how Jiu Jitsu or grappling has saved their lives or greatly reduced injuries during an altercation.
Even though Jiu Jitsu is the HOTTEST sport martial art, especially combined with MMA skills - but it IS the ultimate street self defense martial art for police officers and civilians.
How can Jiu Jitsu be so effective in keeping our LEOs safe? Because the very foundation of Jiu Jitsu is about control, controlling hips, keeping posture broken, always knowing where your opponents hands are, all skills that are invaluable when your opponent might have a weapon. As shown in this Gracie Breakdown of a routine arrest that turns bad, the officer keeps control as the suspect tries to flee, he then gets him immediately to the ground and establishes a tight back control. The perp isn’t going anywhere. This allows the second officer to get control of the suspect’s hands preventing him from going for his weapon. Thanks to proper grappling training these two officers were able to go home to their families that night and the suspect only had some scraps and maybe some lumps from the open palm strikes. Can you imagine what could have happened if these officers did not having training in grappling and were unable to control the suspect so easily? At least one of those 3 would be headed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. But because the officers were able to easily control the situation, everyone got to live another day.
In this video we see an example of a poorly trained police officer trying to detain a suspect. This is absolutely a best case scenario for both parties, the suspect only got away and no one was injured. But as Rener Gracie points out, the officer left his weapon wide open and had no control of the suspect’s hands. This could have ended so much worse for the officer. The proper grappling training and knowledge of how to control the human body would have made this scenario completely different. With proper restraint training, police would also be less reliant on their firearms possibly cutting down the amount of unjustified shootings. Being a cop can be very scary and not knowing how to control a suspect efficiently can make it much more frightening which can cause untrained officers to drawn their weapons in situations it really isn’t warranted. But if an officer has the skills to easily subdue a person many times their size they won’t be so quick to reach for a force multiplier like a pistol, they’ll have the confidence to take care of many situations without using their weapon. Much of these shootings of unarmed suspects is cause by fear, and I don’t hold it against the officers for many of them. It’s a terrifying job that puts them in very bad situations, often without suitable training almost forcing them to rely on their firearm if things go awry. But if our officers had more thorough grappling and restraint training the fear could be lessened and that could help prevent unnecessary shootings and injuries.