Cops Are Turning to Jiujitsu to Curb Harmful Force, Boost Mental and Physical Health
A Georgia police department made the martial art a training requirement
and says the technique is paying off. When Police Sgt. Josh Liedke places on his gi
the two-piece uniform worn in martial arts, for an hour of Brazilian jiujitsu sparring,
he practices a form of mindfulness, or being present inside the moment.
“When you return here, you attention on not anything but the mat and your approach,
the 21-year regulation enforcement veteran says, catching his breath
after several rounds of severe rolling, arm bars, again takes and leg locks.
During that hour, Liedke doesn’t consider his excessive-pressure job in a unit
that combats drug and gang crime. He doesn’t consider the sounds, smells and sights