"I have been a member of ICBJJ for nearly 18 months now. I was also a recipient of Jason Clarke’s “Law Enforcement Officer Scholarship”. This is one of the greatest opportunities in the entire country for Law Enforcement Officers to train in BJJ.
I truly believe a BJJ based system is the future for Law Enforcement defensive tactics. It allows an officer to restrain a combative subject using the least amount of force necessary without high risk of injury to either the officer or a subject. BJJ also looks better to the public than traditionally taught strikes or baton use. This is extremely advantageous for Law Enforcement especially in today’s environment. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also is a massive ego check, and forces an officer to humble themselves. It's also an insanely good workout and will humble even the most in shape people. Further, I believe BJJ has allowed me to approach high risk situations at work with confidence and not with fear. From stress relief to confidence building, the mental benefits of BJJ cannot be understated.
Why specifically Iowa City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Jason is hands down the best self-defense oriented BJJ instructor in the Midwest. He truly has a reality based grasp on what a real world violent encounter is. While he still provides fantastic sports based instruction, his instruction on self-defense cannot be beat. Jason also brings in world class instructors for seminars like Xande Ribeiro and self-defense instructors like Craig Douglas. Beyond that, the environment Jason has created is a safe, clean, and welcoming where your fellow practitioners have your best interests in mind and are not trying to hurt you, which is especially important for Law Enforcement since getting hurt could put us out of work for months.
If you are Law Enforcement, you owe to your community, your family, and yourself to get the best training you can to serve the community and go home safe at the end of your shift every night. ICBJJ can help provide you with training to ensure that happens."
- Iowa State Trooper Aaron Peter
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