Top leaders from the operational staff of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council met with nine of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym owners at the Marietta Police Department on Aug. 11 to discuss creating official POST certification and training for law enforcement.
Since 2019, Marietta Police Maj. Jake King has been implementing the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into all MPD use of force training. Maj. King negotiated a partnership with 3rd Degree Black Belt coach Humberto Borges, the owner of Borges Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With the partnership in place, the department began mandating and paying for all new hires to attend weekly training sessions under Humberto’s direction.
The program was so successful it was opened to all existing MPD officers the following year. Next, Maj. King began collecting use-of-force data and specifically distinguishing between officers that did or did not participate in BJJ training. The data was eye-opening. There were dramatic reductions in injuries when force was required to effect an arrest, both to officers as well as people resisting arrest.
The meeting on Aug. 11 was the first of its kind, uniting the leadership of the governing body for Georgia law enforcement with over a dozen BJJ blackbelt coaches representing nine BJJ gyms.
Organized by Maj. King and Borges, the exchange of information and ideas proved beneficial to all involved. The overwhelming consensus from the discussion was that the techniques taught by qualified BJJ coaches can increase officer confidence and reduce injuries when properly applied in law enforcement.
Maj. King and Borges have been invited to present at the next full Georgia POST Council meeting on Sept. 8.
POST staff in attendance were executive director Mike Ayers, deputy executive director Chris Harvey, director of certifications and training Jeff Miller and curriculum specialist Tom Milton. The BJJ gyms represented were Borges Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Alliance Atlanta, American Top Team, Ascension MMA, James Shook Zenith Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Canton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Decatur, X3 Sports and Macon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.