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|Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) effective for Law Enforcement?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), also called Jiu-Jitsu in the BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) community, specializes in Ground Fighting ONLY.
With 95% of their time spent on the ground, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) practitioners are very skilled ground fighters. The goal of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner is to submit the opponent by choking them unconscious (air or blood) or by applying a joint breaking technique. Since it's inception, it has moved more towards a style of ground fighting that is more conducive to formal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competition.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is touted as being the most realistic and the best Martial Art for Self-Defense. One of the factors for this is due to how long it takes to obtain a Black Belt. Another is because there is a general belief that all fights go the ground, which is not the case.
The history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) can be found on our History page.
It's simple math.
There are, on average, 7 tools on the belt of a typical uniformed officer. These items would include:
- Handcuffs (typically 2 sets)
- O.C. Spray
- ASP Baton (or similar)
- Tactical Flashlight
The newer gun holsters have different levels of retention as well as some of the newer Taser holsters. The other items, however, have no retention protections. These are weapons that are available to anyone and there are enough to go around. These are all items that the officer must protect along with their head.
The problem is that the officer only has TWO hands to protect everything and there is a lack of mobility.
Another very serious issue with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is that it does NOT address is multiple attackers. Rener Gracie is the only individual I have been able to find that will touch the topic and he says in a YouTube video (#1 linked below), "How to defeat multiple attackers? You're going to learn as Black Belts." On average it takes approximately 10 years to obtain a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt, which is an issue for another day, but is NOT a reasonable time line for anyone who is being told it's the most realistic Martial Art. Rener Gracie also has a 43 minute video (#2 linked below) on how to deal with multiple attackers, but never introduces a 3rd person in to the video (only himself and 1 other person) or show any technique or movement that actually addresses the issue. This is a very serious flaw because the greatest practitioner in the world can be stopped by a child who can kick a soccer ball. A blow like that from a 3rd party can put an officer out of commission.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) also lacks the entire realm of how to effectively get someone to the ground WITH control, other than using typical wrestling Single-Leg and Double-Leg take-downs, which are extremely dangerous. The reason these are dangerous is because they commit the officer to the ground 100% with no guarantee of control. They also expose the back of the head and the spine of the officer to the subject. A moderate blow to the back of the head, the Medulla Oblongata (lower part of the Brain Stem), will easily knock the officer unconscious. With typical wrestling style take-downs, there is also high risk of failure and injury. Wrestling is based heavily on speed and power, so taking down larger opponents can cause a number of serious injuries. Some of which would include the knees, shoulders, lower back, and the head impacting the ground.
If an officer finds themselves on the ground, then having some general ground skills are important. But... If the officer is NOT in control of the subject and they are in a negative or exposed position, then they need to dis-engage from that individual and transition to other strategies or tactics.
Ultimately, Law Enforcement has NO business ground fighting with anyone UNLESS they are in control and putting that individual in handcuffs.
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YouTube Link #1 : The Complete Gracie Mat Making Process : (link) : His coment comes in the 1st 30 seconds of the video.
YouTube Link #2 : How to Defeat Multiple Opponents : (link)
Chad Haas, Student of Zdenek Matl since 1993. Ranked Rokudan (6th Dan Black Belt) in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu by Sensei Zdenek Matl.
Over 10 years experience training Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS at all levels (Local, State, Federal). Instructing as a Black Belt for more than 20 years.
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