the best martial art for police officers


Yet another great post over at Spartan Cops. Here’s an excerpt:

1. Filipino martial arts (Arnis de Mano, Doce Pares, Modern Arnis, etc.) – Most Filipino martial arts are comprised of Ju Jitsu, Judo or Aikido techniques to cover joint locks, chokes, throws and take downs.

  • Advantages: They also include offensive and defensive knife fighting and stick fighting, which could save your life if you are one of the many officers attacked with an edged weapon or blunt force object. The Filipinos are unmatched in knife fighting and the sticks are comparable in size to straight police batons. Since the average Filipino person is smaller than the Japanese and Chinese, their techniques have been adapted to work on stronger and larger opponents.
  • Disadvantages: It may be hard to find a qualified instructor. Many instructors may have learned the Filipino martial arts from seminars instead of learning from a school.

Being a FMA practicioner myself, I wholeheartedly agree with the disadvantages part.

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4 thoughts on “the best martial art for police officers”

  1. The other thing to be leery of in an FMA program (if the goal is a practical, street applicable school/program) is the ‘drill, drill, drill’ FMA school. The “feed me a number xyz” pro’s can look great, you can feel great doing the drills, but what happens when the drill is gone and it’s just you and an attacker who isn’t going to ‘feed’ you a strike but wants to strike you, period?

    Most/all FMA’s have been heavily influenced by dueling style training (one on one, toe to toe, back and forth), which has some benefits, but the down side is when an instructor teaches the drill as “THE THING” to know instead of the thing that builds the skills you may need to apply in the “REAL THING.”

  2. Very cool! I just posted a new video on my blog on Filipino Martial Arts featuring Guro Marrese Crump, Oscar Lugo and WWE Wrestler Dave Batista running through some blade and stick work. You should check it out when you get a chance.

    Anesti Vega
    Elamintal Multimedia

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