Midland Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy offers free training to local law enforcement officers

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 1:24 AM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Midland BJJ offers free training to law enforcement officers every day to teach them how to defend themselves in a physical altercation.

Owner Brad Barnes says not only is the training effective, but it gives the officers a way to release the stress of their jobs and get out into the community.

“People get into altercations. Those usually start because of ineffective force,” Midland BJJ owner Brad Barnes said. “Ineffective force turns into excessive force. And then they learn to handle someone who’s being confrontational with them or not doing exactly what they want and learn how to make those next step decisions with a little more collectiveness. So that they can make the right decision, not the impulsive decision.”

Barnes also says that he offers free training to officers until they reach a blue belt, which usually takes about two years to obtain. In comparison officers typically get 40 hours of physical training in the academy.

Barnes mentioned the two years of free training at Midland BJJ could lead to less violent results when it comes to physical altercations that police officers experience.

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