The push for police reform centered around BJJ has been gaining significant momentum over the past few years and is finally receiving mainstream attention after being featured on a recent episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. One of the main focuses of the episode was Rener Gracie and his plan for national police reform, something that he’s been vocal about for quite some time. This isn’t just theoretical any more either as Gracie Survival Tactics has been approved for use by police departments in the state of California, a huge landmark that was celebrated by Rener on social media.
The episode also features information on the Marietta Police Department, a specific department in Georgia that launched a study into reform centered around BJJ that lasted two years and involved over a hundred police officers. This was the biggest study of it’s kind so far and lent a huge amount of credence to the anecdotal support that the push for police having training in Jiu-Jitsu has received over the past few years. This marked the first time that proponents of the movement had solid statistics to point to instead of isolated incidents and the results showed exactly what people have said along, that sufficient BJJ training helps in keeping both the officers and suspects safer.
The full episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel featuring police reform with BJJ aired on HBO on August 24, 2021 at 11 p.m. ET, and will be available to stream on HBOMAX, click here to subscribe and watch.