Why BJJ should be mandatory for cops

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35 thoughts on “Why BJJ should be mandatory for cops

  1. Dude as a hippy Canadian (no really I live in Vancouver and grew up in a place called Fruitvale BC) I don't agree with you a good amount of the time. But I'm a purple belt in BJJ and trying to join the RCMP bad and by default love your videos. Easily my second favourite next to donut operator.

  2. Mike – our agency AC program is strongly Krav Maga focused. I was planning on signing up w/ a local KM operation for currency between in-service training. I don't know enough about BJJ but your awesome videos are making me reconsider. Do you find that BJJ complements the AC program of your agency? Appreciate it.

  3. I've always said that if I was a defensive tactics instructor for a police department, I'd rather have an agency full of BJJ Blue Belts with a background in high school/collegiate wrestling than dudes who are Hapkido masters and trained in Krav Maga by Israeli super-commandos.

  4. I think it should absolutely be mandatory for police to train bjj. Almost all hand to hand encounters end up in some sort of grapple and go to the ground.

  5. Love your content but just a question… Why is your audio so bad recently? It sounds like something is off with your mic

  6. And here's an idea, Mike. For every hour in the gym honing a new tactic designed to hurt a civilian (justified or not), try spending just 15 minutes each learning new de-escalation strategies.

  7. I will disagree with BJJ being a focus you would be better with Catch Wrestling since wrestlers know take downs most BJJ folks don't.

  8. I'm a BJJ and Judo black belt. When I was stationed in Germany I was invited several times to teach and train Polizei. I went to several training stations in various parts of Germany and they all had well equipped dojos. They had regular classes of Karate, Judo, and Deutsches Jujutsu (German JJ). They have regular competitions started with strikes on the feet but once you hit the ground it's only grappling. German police have been one of the most professional groups I've dealt with anywhere.

  9. Cardio fitness is the number one tool to have when the rumble is on. I suggest training up to an Olympic level of fitness for a start, with plenty of mat time to practice grappling techniques. Formal training is a must as few people walk around in that state of fitness. The BJJ is also very realistic for a true to life rehearsal of the moves needed to come out on top. The courage of the police is outstanding. To face up to the danger of assailants with unknown abilities takes guts. Even the training is a big deal, then be able to hang on to it, keep at the ready.

  10. BJJ was taught and promoted to us. They highly recommended outside training as well. There are certain aspects that they say aren’t necessarily the optimal for law enforcement application but when it comes to controlling a subject it’s the best.

  11. Fully agree, police officers should do some sort of martial arts. It comes in handy and also a great stress reliever. I took BJJ and loved it!! What I love the most of BJJ is that you can use more body and technique rather than use deadly force.

  12. After watching some of Mike's videos I can see what his priorities are. Shooting things with guns and beating people up. Give some people a little bit of power and they fall in love with it and themselves for being so "powerful". Unfortunately these uneducated and power-mad narcissists have the power of life and death over others on their say so alone.

  13. Well yeah it’s like the concept of “the best fighters are the ones…..who get in a lot of fights” the more fights you get In the more comfortable you become with them and the more calm and more effective you’ll

  14. I agree, Mike. Also, you might want to bring up a suggestion to your department. They can coordinate with the nearest Army installation to take part in the Army Combatives Course. They would be taught by a certified instructor and it wouldn't cost the department any money. Both the Army and the police force would get a great deal of positive PR out of it too.

  15. In my opinion, I think there should be a specifically tailored form of BJJ for Law Enforcement. I would suggest focusing 70% on Judo and 30% on BJJ, but the training would be conducted with duty belt on in order to train for the limitations caused by the belt. Grappling with a suspect can provide opportunities for the suspect to grab your gun, knife, O.C, or other items. If we put slightly more focus on getting our opponents off of his or her feet, we can disengage, create distance, and switch to our less lethal weapons. That being said, there are times when the fight goes to the ground and we need to have a good working knowledge of ground fighting tactics.

  16. I’m so happy you feel this way. I’ve always said this. Particularly I believe cops should train no Gi BJJ exclusively. Even some training in striking would help. But BJJ training for police is detrimental.

  17. lets begin with physical standard. any police should be able to do  2 mile in less then 25 min in full gear. then some other physical stuff.

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