KLETC hosts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training to minimize use-of-force injuries

"Our mission is to train and equip Kansas LEOs with quality resources to handle potentially dangerous situations minimizing the risk of injury to anyone involved."


By Police1 Staff

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Twenty-seven law enforcement officers representing 12 agencies across Kansas recently completed the one-week intensive Gracie University Jiu-Jitsu instructor certification program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC).

"Our mission is to train and equip Kansas law enforcement officers with quality resources to handle potentially dangerous situations minimizing the risk of injury to anyone involved,” said KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck. 

Jiu-Jitsu is one of several defensive tactics that stresses the importance of self-control and can result in fewer instances of use of force.
Jiu-Jitsu is one of several defensive tactics that stresses the importance of self-control and can result in fewer instances of use of force.

Jiu-Jitsu is one of several defensive tactics that stresses the importance of self-control and can result in fewer instances of use of force.

“I want them to slow down and realize that they have the tools to do the job safely and effectively,” said Gracie instructor Ryron Gracie.

Gracie is a third-generation instructor of Jiu-Jitsu and has been teaching self-defense and jiu-jitsu for 30 years. His grandfather, Helio Gracie, established the first Gracie school in 1925.

“How you teach someone matters,” said Gracie. “It will determine whether or not they want to continue to learn and invest in these skills.”

James Buettgenbach, an instructor at KLETC and participant in the course, said the training exceeded his expectations and he looks forward to sharing the training with his students.

"The method of presentation of information will be valuable to me as I go back into the classroom," said Buettgenbach. "I will use the skills, techniques and information to teach officers to be more confident in their skills and abilities.”

Buettgenbach also emphasized the impact the training had on him: “It’s been as challenging as I was told it would be, and I believe all officers should not only attend this training as they enter the law enforcement profession, but continue to train and practice these skills throughout their careers."

This is the first time the program was offered at the training center.

KLETC is located in Hutchinson, Kansas. Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, KLETC serves as the central law enforcement training facility for the state and as headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas.

NEXT: 4 steps to incorporate Jiu-Jitsu into your department’s use of force training

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