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Police Officer Gets Triangle Choked by Suspect

December 5, 2012

The bad guys are learning!

On December 4, 2012 a police officer in Bangor, Maine attempted to arrest a man on charges of domestic violence assault, when the suspect locked up a triangle choke on the officer. Fortunately, the officer had help and was able to neutralize the submission attempt and carry out the arrest. To read the complete story that was featured on, click here.

This incident is yet another harsh reminder as to why no law enforcement officer should be without basic jiu-jitsu skills. In the Gracie Survival Tactics course we aim to teach officers the core principles of distance management, punch protection, and weapon retention based on fundamental truths.

1. The bad guy always has the ambush advantage.
In a real fight, there is no referee to start or to stop the fight when you are getting assaulted. Only the bad guy knows when and how he will attack. Any time you are close enough to conduct a pat-down, or to exchange documents, you are close enough to be ambushed. In the GST program, we teach simple and effective sudden assault defense strategies that enable you to neutralize the threat and achieve a position of advantage while minimizing injury to yourself and the bad guy.

2. Never grapple with the bad guy/enemy by choice.
As a law enforcement professional, the public doesn't pay you to fight fairly. If you enter into a "grappling match" with the bad guy, you put yourself in great danger since he or she could take your weapons and use them against you. If, however, the fight goes to the ground against your will, you must know what to do. In the GST program, we teach time-tested escape techniques that can be used to get you off the ground and back to your feet. This enables you can establish distance and utilize the appropriate force option to neutralize the threat. GST also features a series of leverage-based weapon retention principles. You can apply these in any grappling scenario to keep your weapons secure until you have the opportunity to disengage from the ground fight. Our philosophy is simple: Learn how to grapple, so you don't have to.

3. In a street fight, there is no "tap-out."
In sportive jiu-jitsu practice, the tap-out matters; in a fight for your life against an aggressive subject, it doesn't. For military and law enforcement professionals, we understand that victory isn't achieved until you neutralize the threat and apprehended the bad guy. In the GST program we have devised a series of simple, yet reliable, handcuffing procedures you can use from virtually every position in the fight, and the techniques are applicable to both solo and partner arrests.

To read more about Gracie Survival Tactics, and to access the complete course online, click here.

To read more about the 5-day GST Live Instructor Certification Course, click here.