All over the country, law enforcement officers are utilizing Jiu Jitsu training to help them handle the dangers associated with one of the toughest jobs in the world. This is job different in the city of Port Chester, NY.
Dozens of Port Chester officers took part in a whole new kind of job training with a lesson in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
The training took place at the Jiu Jitsu Mill in Port Chester. The officers learned a myriad of techniques including break fall, technical standup and the pummel.
Coach Jordan Lutsky helped the officers work on timing and leverage, two elements that are the main focus of jiu jitsu. Lutsky says part of his goal is to arm the officers with a new way of dealing with dangerous people without reaching for their guns.
“It’s about managing your physical intensity, your mental intensity and therefore managing your energy efficiently,” says Lutsky.
Some of the officers say the training has given them new tools to assist them in certain situations.
“In general, if we ever get in a situation where you are with someone in a resisting arrest situation, this gives you other options to use in a close situation,” says Detective Matthew Chalmers.
Lutsky says he doesn’t expect the officers to be experts with just one two-hour session, but he believes there’s plenty they can take back to their jobs.
Andy Gonzalez is a coach at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. He has earned his purple belt under Professor Mikal Abdullah. Follow Andy on Twitter at @GoGoGonzilla
Andy lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda and their 3 beautiful children. Andy is also the father of a Marine who is honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps.