Located at Evolve Strength Downtown, this Jiu Jitsu gym will now be offering a free class every month to EPS members .These classes will be facilitated and taught by two active EPS members:#3144 Cst. Marty Franco#3843 Cst. Chris LeeMisson:to offer Jiu Jitsu training to frontline members to augment their current skill set.Why:Policing is becoming more dangerous each day. There is a rise in 10-13’s, 10-17’s, Category 2’s and assaultive suspects. Jiu Jitsu is based on gross motor skills, leverage and body mechanics. It is, by all accounts, the most effective martial art in the world that is rapidly being implemented by police departments across the globe. Jiu Jitsu is best suited for law enforcement professionals because of its “scalability factor” or, the ability to adapt from low to high levels of force depending on subject behavior. It allows officers to defend themselves from a variety of situations including but not limited to, incidents that involve ground fighting, take downs, arrest pins and weapon retention.Benefits: A trained officer in the basics of Jiu Jitsu will not only be able to better defend themselves but they will also be able to use the techniques to better control and keep suspects safe during arrests. A limited toolbox leads to intermediate weapon deployment or hard strikes when they aren’t necessarily needed.“If the only tool you have is a hammer, then all problems are seen as nails.”The primary goal for us is to give officers real, learnable and simple techniques to help them carry out their duties in a more confident manner.Further Benefits:Jiu Jitsu is proven to relieve stress, reduce PTSD symptoms and build camaraderie among its practitioners. Not only will officers learn valuable techniques, they will also benefit from a full body workout both anaerobically and aerobically. Jiu Jitsu is highly adaptable to different age and physical limitations that practitioners may have.