Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center hosts Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Thirty-eight law enforcement officers from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Washington State spent the past week at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center to complete the instructor certification program of One-week Gracie University Jiu-Jitsu.

The objective of the course is to train officers on how to teach other officers in their department Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques to minimize injury and the use of deadly force. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is designed to allow someone who may be smaller and weaker than their opponent to successfully push back or even force their opponent into submission through a series of throws, locks and attacks on the ground.

“Our mission is to train and equip Kansas law enforcement officers with quality resources to handle potentially dangerous situations by minimizing the risk of injury to anyone involved,” KLETC Executive Director said. , Darin Beck.

Jeremiah Hackerott, an instructor at Gracie University since 2010, says the goal of the course is officer safety and to give participants a softer option when they need to familiarize themselves with a potentially volatile situation.

“Participants will complete this course with weapon repeating and ranged management skills,” Hackerott said. “They will also come away with the ability to teach others and develop a healthy culture that will make them want to train for the long haul.”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. It was first developed in Brazil by the four brothers, Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., George and Hélio Gracie. It rose to prominence in the United States in part thanks to members of the Gracie family who competed and won in the early years of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC as it is more commonly known today. Most mixed martial artists today incorporate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques into their fighting styles.

The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson is the central state law enforcement training center and headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas.

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