Since UFC first started its journey back in 1993, MMA over the years has been integrated into our society and become mainstream. People that weren’t previously interested in Martial Arts have started training at their local gyms and learning how to fight. All of this is fantastic on many levels, people are being active, getting involved in a group, getting aggression and stress out in a healthy way, but there is a different not-so-fantastic side to this. Our local defenders of justice our now faced with the a new challenge in the ever-increasing difficulty to conserve peace, your average street douche now probably knows MMA.
The Police have recognized the elevated threat of MMA on the streets, some have learned the harder way than others. The police adapted to these changes in our ever developing culture and adopted MMA based hand to hand training. Officers interviewed have said most of their colleagues train in their off time to continually improve themselves and keep on their toes. A saying I’ve heard in my travels, “While you are resting, the enemy is training”, rings true in this situation. If Police don’t train in their off time to prepare for the increasing hazards they could face then they are not only doing themselves an injustice, but the American public as well. We have all seen those officers who appear to have taken liberties with their training and conditioning (to say the least) that patrol the streets to “protect and serve”. Who do they think they are going to protect if they can’t even protect themselves? Just because you have a badge and a gun doesn’t mean you are invincible. In the military we are trained to be able to disarm and kill someone even if they are only a step or less in the span of a couple of seconds. It is absolutely essential that Police take the time to train, especially since the department only requires them to do it 3 times a year for a total of 24 hours training time. 3 times a year is not enough. Now I am not saying MMA has warped the world for the worse, far from it, but now all of those would be delinquents have either trained in MMA or at least seen its effectiveness on T.V. so if they don’t want to be detained they are more inclined to try a choke or some type joint lock. Some officers have stepped up their game on an individual basis, but I believe the force as a whole needs to raise the bar and focus more on the practicality of detainee operations without the use of body armor, pepper spray, batons, stun guns, and pistols.