Improving Community Safety Through Training
Close Range Tactics, in conjunction with Iowa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has for years now offered a scholarship to Law Enforcement professionals who are able to meet a minimum standard of training. Our goal is to increase officer competency and confidence through our training in order to improve not only their safety, but also the safety of the communities they work in.
In a close range encounter in a weapons based environment, the ability to intelligently and effectively grapple is the most important skill an officer can have second only to being able to recognize ahead of time that an interaction with a subject is about to get physical. The degree of control and the overall effectiveness that an officer skilled in grappling has over a resisting or violent subject is worth it's weight in gold when compared to the alternatives.
Officers who are skilled and competent in using hands on applications of force are less likely to use excessive force or an unnecessarily high level of force when dealing with a subject. Training regularly with us at ICBJJ allows the officer to develop a confident sense of awareness when utilizing force that can keep a physical situation from becoming worse or spinning out of control.
Not all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction is equal. Most BJJ gyms only focus on competitions, which are rife with rules, regulations and referees. Gyms with this primary focus are not going to offer the level and focus of instruction that will actually be applicable to LE's or anyone concerned with real world self-defense. Our curriculum, methods and coaches cater to the self-defender and LEO. Yes, we do compete, and we do win championships... but to us, competing is just another form of training under pressure.
Currently, the scholarship program is limited to 4 full time officers/deputies/troopers/agents per agency or department. You can apply for the LEO Scholarship by filling out the form to the left. We will email you our current schedule and if it works for you we can schedule a start date.
Support Our Scholarship
You can help us improve the safety of our communities by supporting our scholarship program with a one time or recurring monthly donation by clicking the button above where you can donate with your Pay Pal account or credit/debit card. If you would like to full sponsor an officer's year long training costs, please contact us and we can discuss those costs with you. Your support will help us offer scholarships to more of our local officers.