Rener Gracie has now set out plans for nationwide police reform across the United States that includes an element of regular BJJ training, and he’s set to unveil these plans via livestream on Wednesday, October 28th. He already has more than two decades of experience teaching Jiu-Jitsu to police officers and his Gracie Survival Tactics Program has been well-received by a number of police departments. He’s also been a vocal critic of recent policy changes put in place by New York City Council that he believes will actually increase the likelihood of violence instead of decrease it.
Police across the States find themselves under incredible scrutiny right now and there is a growing section of society that is pushing for them to receive less funding. There are also many people who believe that the answer to excessive use of force is not less funding, but better training being given to officers and on a more regular basis. In fact, Rener Gracie is far from being alone in wanting Jiu-Jitsu to be a key part of police reform in the country and he isn’t the only person trying to roll out training to as many departments as possible.
The details of Rener’s proposal are as yet unknown, but he will be going live on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube at 12pm PST on Wednesday, October 28th, to announce everything. The only information known so far is that it will be a formalized initiative that will mandate one hour of Jiu-Jitsu training every single week of an officer’s career. Compare this to the current situation where officers in many jurisdictions are only required to do four hours of training per year, and the difference in outcome is almost guaranteed to be huge.