Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Defensive Tactics




Brower, Aaron

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)



Defensive tactics taught to police today do not focus enough on where fights occur. Since many altercations end up on the ground, law enforcement agencies should implement ground fighting techniques, specifically Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as the primary base of the defensive tactics training they teach and use. Brazilian jiu-jitsu does not require the officer to be bigger and stronger than the suspect. It was designed to work due to technique not brute force. Another benefit to Brazilian jiu-jitsu is it is easy to learn. Officers can perform the techniques at full force and do not have to fear injuring their partner. The techniques are not complex and easy to teach. Due to the popularity of mixed martial arts, there are a lot of gyms out there teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Therefore, officers need to train in ways so that they can protect themselves from a suspect who may know some Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques. It is also a good form of exercise and will positively affect the officer’s physical fitness. Although Brazilian jiu-jitsu does have limitations and is not really applicable when facing two or more opponents, the positives outweigh the negatives.


Self-defense for police, martial arts, police training