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#258028 - 05/29/06 01:37 AM Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Arts
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Hey, I am interested in Law Enforcement type stuff and plan on becoming an Officer but I was curious what are some opinions on what would be the best Martial Art to study in to help this field of work. I was thinking Judo or Jujitsu, but I wanted to see some other opinions (and possibly some facts, if someone knows what some places actually train their Officers in).

This forum is pretty sweet, just found out about it and just joined it.

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#258029 - 05/29/06 10:38 AM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Arts [Re: TheLaw]
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Find something that you like and stick with it. It should have a major sparring component and be functional in extreme close quarters. Your choices above might fit that requirement.

Do it for the enjoyment of it and don't think too much about it being "cop training".

Don't let anyone tell you that their "martial art" is perfect for police, even if they are cops themselves.

There will likely be a curriculum of arrest and control tactics that you will have to become proficient at in the police academy. It will be extremely basic and designed around avoiding liability, sometimes at the expense praticality.

Know what you train in and know what you are supposed to know per policy. Know the difference and don't get them confused.

Good luck.
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#258030 - 05/30/06 09:14 AM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Art [Re: TheLaw]
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If you are thinking of Judo or jujitsu, you are on the right path. Judo especially is good for the sweeps and throws and clinchwork. Great because taking a perp to the groud is often a high priority should he or she become violent. Also may wanna check out Krav Maga or Haganah.

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#258031 - 06/03/06 09:06 AM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Art [Re: Glockmeister]
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I know someone on a similar path to you. He does jujutsu.
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#258032 - 06/06/06 05:44 PM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Art [Re: Ryan_Doherty]
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It's good to practice something that focuses on your physical conditioning. You'll be drilled through a use of force continuum at the academy that encompasses the skills to use on the job, so that will put you through a period where you'll have to "unlearn" and "relearn" movements you already know. Having excellent cardiovascular and strength training will give you an advantage. After being instilled with that you'll be in a position to make an informed choice about a martial arts system that can suit your needs. It should also be noted the martial arts should be a "supplement" to the defensive tactics training, but not an addition to it. Deviation from departmental policy will get one fired and/or brought up on charges.
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#258033 - 09/02/06 11:06 PM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Art [Re: SmithNWessonDo]
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I would reccomend looking into Hapkido. It is a defensive martial art which focuses on finishing safely and efficently with submission moves including joint lock and PP's. Gl.

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#258034 - 09/05/06 02:55 AM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Arts [Re: TheLaw]
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After 25 years in corrections, I've found that the best Martial Arts form is the one you like the best so you stick with it. What's been most important to me is learning the dynamics of body movement so I could see what the assailant was about to do before s/he does it. This gives you the edge in response time. Most types of sparring should do that. Judo was the form I started with. I've found very few criminals who have had any kind of training in the fighting arts (I can remember about 4 of them over the years)

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#258035 - 11/04/06 10:34 PM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Art [Re: TheLaw]
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Quote:

Hey, I am interested in Law Enforcement type stuff and plan on becoming an Officer but I was curious what are some opinions on what would be the best Martial Art to study in to help this field of work.



IMHO you'll be a far better public servant if you do not have martial arts training. You'll be far less inclined to attack civilians, arrest without warrant, and hold a greater respect for those you serve. When you arm yourself and prepare for combat you will lose your fear of your masters. When that occurs, you become a master yourself instead of a servant, and of course that's backwards.

If you love guns, combat and martial arts, I'd recommend the military as a more appropriate outlet.

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#258036 - 11/05/06 09:51 AM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Art [Re: sopwith21]
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Loc: Lancaster, Pa
Quote:


IMHO you'll be a far better public servant if you do not have martial arts training. You'll be far less inclined to attack civilians, arrest without warrant, and hold a greater respect for those you serve.




Huh?

edited to fix quote


Edited by MattJ (05/05/07 08:16 AM)

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#258037 - 11/05/06 10:46 AM Re: Question about Law Enforcement and Martial Art [Re: Glockmeister]
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Registered: 10/31/06
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Loc: Brixham, England
This is the reason i began judo as well because i wanted to join the police. Someone told me that akido was the best one if you wanted to join the police but im not so sure.
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