Chief Michael Wynn is a long time student at ZenQuest, going back to the days when we were still known as the Okinawan Karate School. For years Chief Wynn and other officers would have discussions with Senseis Connie and Mark about the benefits of Jiu-jitsu training for Law Enforcement Officers. After training for some time, it was obvious to them that Jiu-jitsu training is tremendously beneficial to anyone whose job requires them to engage with people physically at times.
Aside from being better equipped with safe techniques to escape or restrain individuals, this type of training gives officers the ability to ‘scramble’ or move intelligently and maintain control of chaotic situations. Having the ability to control situations better also tends to reduce stress levels for officers, which makes them calmer and less likely to wind up in an escalated confrontation.
The challenge in implementing a program like this for years was in getting approval for funding. However, in recent years there have been several Law Enforcement agencies that have done trial programs like this with great success. There is actual documented proof now that this training helps to reduce injuries for both officers and detainees. There is also proof that this training results in fewer incidents of officers using the tools on their duty belts such as a baton, pepper spray, taser or firearm.
The program is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18th and is open to officers from other agencies. At present one class per week will be designated specifically for Officer training. The participants will also be encouraged to attend additional classes to supplement this. Special thanks to Chief Mike Wynn for his part in launching the LEJJ program.