Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a necessity for anyone involved in law enforcement. At least for those who wish to keep themselves, as well as the suspects, safe while carrying out their job. And that’s why it’s so great that more and more states are introducing BJJ training into their police training curriculum; with the newest in line being the state of New Jersey, which adopted Gracie Survival Tactics (GST).
Rener Gracie shared the news on social media:
New Jersey Just made Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) an approved defensive tactics curriculum for all officers in the state.
Thanks to all those involved in making it happen. This is just the beginning.
You may read the entire New Jersey Police Commission’s “proclamation” below:
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Before the state of New Jersey, it was the Manteca Police Department from Northern California that most recently started to implement Gracie Survival Tactics training; the only Jiu-Jitsu program that is certified for law enforcement in California.
The Manteca Police Department explained their decision:
The FBI’s come out with recent statistics that, in upwards of the 90th-percentile range, that a confrontation will end up on the ground.
In Jiu-Jitsu, if there’s distance, strikes can hurt you. The closer you are, the strikes don’t hurt as much. They don’t have as much force. The moves look sophisticated, but the strategy behind them is simple.
[So], our main goal is to keep our energy up, while he [the suspect] depletes his energy.