Jiu Jitsu in Victoria BC Canada
I have been a police officer for 20 years in such roles as uniform patrol, undercover operations, surveillance, detective, road supervisor and field trainer. I began training both Brazilian and Japanese Jiu Jitsu under Ari in late 2018. I wish now I had begun the day I became a police officer.
Jiu Jitsu has dramatically changed the way I use force and interact with non-compliant subjects. Since training Jiu Jitsu, the amount and frequency of force I need to use has gone down significantly, while my confidence has gone up. When I am required to use force, I am far better able to control the subject without risk of injury to them or myself. The techniques can be scaled up or down, whereas strikes can not.
Hundreds of use of force encounters have shown me that strikes are far less effective, more likely to result in injury, and optically look bad to the public who does not understand policing and use of force. Using Jiu Jitsu I am far less likely to instigate bleeding of the subject I am controlling. This protects me from blood born disease and looks better from a public perception standpoint.
Other benefits of Jiu Jitsu are my increased understanding, vocabulary and ability to articulate my use of force. This is increasingly important in the current climate of law enforcement, and I doubt that will change.
An unexpected benefit has been a reduction in PTSD symptoms. I don’t know if that will happen for everyone, but it has been a benefit to me.
Ari and Dan are extremely knowledgable, patient, and excellent teachers. The Invictus Hq environment is welcoming, relaxed and safe for law enforcement with no judgement or ego. You don’t have to have any prior experience to get in to Jiu jitsu and benefit from it, no matter your age or physical fitness.
So the benefits of Jiu jitsu are;
More control over subjects
More scalable than strikes
Better optics for the public resulting in less complaints
Increased articulation and understanding of force used
Safer for officer and subject with less injuries
Less chance of blood contamination compared to strikes
Less likely to use force over all
Possible reduced PTSD symptoms
Great exercise and fun
I truly believe that training Jiu Jitsu should be mandatory for every police officer. It has made me more effective, safer, and a better police officer. Until Jiu Jitsu becomes part of every police departments regular training curriculum, I believe every officer owes it to themselves to train on their own time. Besides, it’s a lot of fun and you meet other great people as you train.