As a police officer I have had hundreds of hours of training from the Academy all the way to my department putting on trainings for all our officers to attend. These trainings cover anything from working with firearms to physically taking down suspects to using verbal techniques to deescalate situations. We are given so many hours because our department and the state hope that we will be able to gain and have the tools to handle just about any situation.
All incidents and radio calls we receive may have the same names, but be very different from each other. Take, for example, the radio call “Domestic Violence In Progress”. Though I have been to plenty of Domestic Violence calls before, no incident is the same. Each includes different people, different attitudes, different personalities, and thus the potential for very different outcomes. Because of this, I need as many tools available to me as possible. This is why the department and state provide so many trainings in various areas. They are hoping that with the tools on our Sam Browne (duty belt), as well as physical and verbal tools, we will be able to put together a formula to resolve any and all situations as safely as possible.
But with all of these trainings and physical tools available to us, the preferred tool is verbal technique, or "verbal judo" as we like to call it in the police field. If you do not know what Judo is, it is a martial art that involves using holds and leverage to unbalance your opponents, so when I refer to Verbal Judo, I’m using verbal techniques to figuratively do the same and deescalate the situation.
However, there are times when using words is not enough to deter someone from their bad intentions. As a police officer, we try to use tools that will cause the least damage possible. This is why, in most situations, we don't go straight for our firearms or tasers. Instead, we may go from verbal judo to our physical training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Some of you may not be able to or comfortable with carrying a firearm or other self-defense tools. Because of this, I highly recommend training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In my opinion, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is arguably the best martial art of all time. Why?
Evolve-mma.com says it better than I ever could. They have a list of 9 reasons why but I am only going to mention a few:
It is one of the most potent, real life fighting systems on the planet
It will be your second line of Defense, so If striking doesn’t work out for you and since the majority of fights end on the ground Jiu Jitsu is a great tool to have.
Anyone can practice Jiu Jitsu. Yes, even you! And it was designed for a smaller, or weaker person to subdue larger and stronger opponents.
It sharpens your mind; it’s a game of human chess.
It’s a great workout and helps you build incredible cardio and with great cardio and a strong mind, you will never be out of the fight.
It humbles you, and what you learn in the Jiu Jitsu gym on the mat will and can apply to life outside of the gym.
So that is why I will forever train. I train to live, I train to stay sharp mentally, I train so that when my Verbal Judo fails, I have Jiu Jitsu, and that’s why you need to train, as well!
How does this apply to you? You may work in a spa, and do the same treatments or massages on people day in and day out, but each one is actually different-- different people, different attitudes, different personalities. The name of the treatment or massage you’re giving them may be the same, but the incident itself isn’t. You never know when a situation might escalate. Because of this it is important to always be prepared just in case your Verbal Judo fails, just as mine may. So learn all you can to protect and empower yourself. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend giving Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a try. It will take time to build skills and confidence, but your safety is worth taking time for. Do all you can to not just be strong, but to be Spa Strong.