It’s an approach that may be controversial to some, but many BJJ competitors and hobbyists have lauded the potential benefits of teaching the art to police officers. It’s sometimes seen as a radical idea but it seems to be gaining traction with the general public as time goes on. The moment that the idea really broke through to the mainstream came when former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang decided to announce that he believes that all police officers should be trained in BJJ, to the extent that they should all be purple belts.
The idea that police officers should be trained in BJJ has now taken another step towards mainstream acceptance as Fox Orlando 35 reported that the local Windermere Police Chief Dave Ogden has started teaching several Central Florida police agencies.
“I believe Jiu-Jitsu, when used appropriately – understanding good leverage and good body mechanics is the key to making sure you secure subjects safely for him and for you,” he was reported as saying.
Not only does he teach dozens of his fellow officers, but he also does it entirely free of charge: “I want these young guys to have a long blessed career. I don’t want them to use excessive force. I want them to use the appropriate force. Because you know what? It’s scary when you have to get into those situations.”
Police Chief Ogden also believes in a maxim that almost any martial artist can no doubt agree with: “the better you’re trained, the more you’re able to handle yourself.”
He also encouraged any officers in the area who would want to start training to give the Windermere Police Department a call on 407-876-3757. He also recommended the nearby Gracie Barra Martial Arts center in Clermont, as they are also planning on giving free lessons to officers.