The Anaheim Police Department in conjunction with Ground Game Submissions are hosting a double elimination BJJ gi and no-gi tournamentSunday August 28.
Early registration fee, before August 22nd, is $60 for one event and $85 for both. Early registration includes a $20 cash voucher good for merchandise purchased from sponsors and vendors that are present on the day of the event.
Registration after August 22 is $80 for one event and $105 for both.
All proceeds benefit the Cops-4-Kids program, an Anaheim Police Department charity aimed at helping at-risk youth make better decisions.
Gracie Barra instructors Ricardo Testai, Marcelo Lacerda and Bruno Rocha stopped by Buena Park Police Department to show members of the team a few BJJ positions.
Ricardo Testai, of Gracie Barra Anaheim Hills, use to teach Special Forces in Brazil. His experience translates sport Jiu-Jitsu to real world application.
When asked S.W.A.T. Team member Eric Burciaga if he would see hand-to-hand fighting within the year he said. "Most definitely. The bad guys don't want to go to jail and some of those guys are learning this stuff. We need to learn it too."
They learned breakfalls, defensive recovery from the ground, dogding a punch, takedowns, and a arm choke finish.
After the seminar the police officers got to go a few rounds with the Gracie Barra black belts. Everyone was sweaty and smiling. Only the black belts managed to get submissions.
Since making a name for itself in the United States, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has quickly become one of the most sought-after martial art systems by military and law officers alike. With its ability to incapacitate a criminal with low risk of causing bodily damage, and its heavy emphasis of groundwork and real-life self-defense, many are turning to the brainchild of the Gracie family to help supplement their law enforcement training.