Martial arts have been a part of law enforcement for thousands of years. People who were responsible for protecting and bringing order to society used martial arts to subdue criminals as well as defend themselves from imminent threats.
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Nowadays, self-defense techniques have been refined and developed and combined to create practical routines of which law enforcers can practice. Learning martial arts to defend one’s self is of utmost importance in the FBI. Although FBI agents are expected to handle firearms with a certain degree of proficiency, it is also a requirement that they know how to subdue an unarmed suspect or assailant. And how do they do this? Through martial arts of course.
As mentioned earlier, FBI agents aren’t just taught a single martial art, like karate or judo. No. They are taught a variety of martial arts, from boxing and wrestling to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Filipino stick and knife fighting and much more. FBI agents undergo numerous seminars and training sessions in self- defense. They are also visited by countless self-defense experts to impart tried and tested techniques.
One of the biggest mistakes a law enforcement agent can make in the field is relying solely on their firearm. FBI agents are taught this early on and are conditioned to mold their bodies into weapons themselves.
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