Finally, BJJ is taking it’s place as an approved part of police training, at least in California. There have been countless tales of experienced Judoka, Wrestlers, and BJJ competitors who have been able to subdue and restrain criminals without causing harm while waiting for the police to arrive. Not just that, but there’s even been similar examples coming from less experienced members of the grappling community and even hobbyists have managed to help in situations that require a use of force, without causing death or injury to those they’re trying to apprehend.
We’ve seen it time and time again, and the grappling world has known for a long time that there are far better ways for the police to do their jobs, without having to resort to excessive violence or weapons. That idea has been bleeding through to the men and women doing their jobs to protect the rest of us in society and slowly but surely, individual police officers have been taking up BJJ or other forms of grappling and spreading the word, even going so far as to teach other officers on their own time.
Rener Gracie has been one of the loudest proponents of building a BJJ curriculum that the police can use when attempting to restrain a suspect and he’s even gone so far as to plan out police reform for the entire US, all based around his own experiences in grappling. Now, after decades of hard work it seems that the people in power have finally started to listen as the Gracie University has become the first curriculum to be approved for use by The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The news was announced by Rener Gracie himself, on his official Instagram account:
Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this true story. Glory Reese Rochester