“Adopt a BJJ Cop” offers free martial arts training for local law enforcement
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Blood, sweat, and the thrill of fighting comes together at the Rudo Jiu-Jitsu Studio in Toledo.
“We have state soldiers, we have members of the DPT, we have prison officers, we have leaders, we have garbage collectors, children, veterans … everyone comes together,” he says. head instructor Jay Willman. “When you get on the mat, no matter what you do, you only accomplish one goal. You want to get better. “
The men and women of law enforcement adopt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Director Jay Willman is working with the national “Adopt a BJJ Cop” organization to provide their gym for free to police personnel. Adopt a Cop BJJ is a non-profit, donation-based program that allows active duty police officers to patrol across the country to train at any academy affiliated with Adopt a Cop BJJ. The party will pay 100% of the officer’s membership until they reach the rank of blue belt. The blue belt is the second belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and it takes an average of 12 to 18 months to obtain it.
“It’s so important for these guys to keep training like this,” said Willman. “They get so much training at the academy, but after that they don’t use it anymore, they don’t have the repetition they should have.”
The police officers present say that the pins, zippers and perseverance on the floor of the carpet strengthen their physical capacity.
“It’s training,” says Nick Palmer, the Ohio State Trooper. “I’m 32, I’m not going to lie to you … I wake up and sometimes feel uncomfortable but guys are all very careful we all take care of each other because if you break your toys, you won’t. have something to play with.
Bowling Green Highway Post Private Nick Palmer says martial arts training is also a way to reduce stress and improve the mental health of those who serve and protect the streets.
“I just started doing this two months ago, I feel more comfortable in these situations than I have in my entire 8 year career,” says Palmer. “It increases your self-confidence because you know more to protect yourself and those you interact with, and it’s just safer for both of you, to be honest.”
Rudu Jiu-Jitsu offers a free service on Fridays once a month, welcoming any service member or veteran a chance to try a course at no cost.
“If I can help someone get home, law enforcement or whatever, and make them safe with something they learned here, then I’ve done my job,” says Jay Willman, Chief Instructor.
To sponsor a police officer or donate to “Adopt A Cop BJJ” you can do so on their website.
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