I train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu because it is amazingly effective. Knowing I have the ability to control, subdue or defend myself against a bigger, stronger or faster opponent is a magnificent feeling. The techniques practiced in BJJ allow me the recognition and know-how, when it comes to dealing with any opponent regardless of their stature.
One of the greatest aspects about BJJ is that I sincerely can use 100% of my efforts and ability against any training partner and not ever injure them.As an active member of Law Enforcement this is especially crucial. I can use my knowledge and prowess in Jiu-jitsu, to control an individual without inflicting any pain or damage; this is a direct result of the Art's lack of strikes, kicks or weapons. It makes Brazilian Jiu-jitsu MY primary tool in dealing with a non-compliant and/or combative individual, thus greatly reducing the dependency and the over reliance of the tools or equipment we carry on our police belts.
Some of the additional benefits of BJJ are not always apparent and they are those that take place off the mats. BJJ challenges you not only physically but mentally as well, problem solving and willingness to succeed becomes instinctual and part of your nature. For example, figuring out how to escape a submission, where if you're late in reacting or display poor defensive techniques, you may lose the ability to breathe and as a result pass out. If you pass out you are out of commission. This type of a constant mental awareness brandishes you and so no challenge is ever too big to undertake and no task is to overwhelming to achieve. You will always find a way to persevere……just like you always find a way to breath.