Law Enforcement

The Martial Arts Centre / Gracie Barra Ottawa Law Enforcement & Military Training

We believe the best way to stay safe in the field is to be prepared and fluent in BJJ, and other combative Martial Arts.  Most of the pinning and holding techniques are BJJ based, with a traditional self defence approach. The Martial Arts Centre ( TMAC ) locations in Canada are very fortunate to have Instructors who are not only black belts in BJJ but also hold Black belts in other martial arts. Muay Thai ,Karate, traditional jiu-jitsu, judo, Sambo and Krav Maga are just some of the arts which we combine techniques from to give our students the best knowledge to keep them safe as well as to keep the assailant subdued without major injury if possible. 


TMAC / Gracie Barra Ottawa holds small Group Seminars during the year to focus on the military and Law enforcement aspects. We are lucky to have former elite Military trainers on our team as well as hand to hand combative experts certified in Krav Maga , Combative Sambo and BJJ. The key to success is year round regular training , this will help the techniques flow fluidly into action if needed or if put into a situation that an automatic instant flowing response could mean the difference between winning and losing the scenario losing a scenario in a real life situation can be fatal and is a lot more serious then tapping out at a competition. Training BJJ to become competent in Grappling as well as Muay thai to be a sharp striker and expert in distance control is a key fundamental. We recommend all law enforcement and military to train as much as possible with are unlimited Law Enforcement and Military Packages.

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The use of force by law enforcement has attracted so much attention over the last few years it is virtually impossible to ignore. Moving forward, law enforcement agencies have no choice but to address subject control training within their agencies and ensure that they are providing their officers with the best possible solutions to an unknown, ever-changing, and often times unfriendly environment. Police officers everywhere, and the communities they serve, deserve nothing less. In this article, I’m going to offer five compelling reasons police agencies MUST incorporate Gracie Jiu Jitsu into their overall defensive tactics program to meet the demands of the future.


1. Popularity of MMA With the overwhelming popularity of mixed martial arts, it is a reality that more and more people that law enforcement officers come into contact with have at least a basic understanding of ground fighting. Thirty years ago, terms like triangle choke, arm locks, and mounted attacks were not widely known. Now, these are terms that the younger generation is widely familiar with. Officers need at a minimum a working knowledge of these techniques and the dangers associated with them.


2. Proven Effectiveness While it is not uncommon for people to disagree about which techniques are more effective than others, it is hard to argue that Gracie Jiu Jitsu is not a highly effective system of self-defence. In the years since the original UFC, when Royce Gracie defeated multiple opponents of varying sizes and styles, every professional fighter has had no choice but to incorporate some type of ground fighting regiment into their training. Programs such as Gracie Survival Tactics, which teach the most important techniques in a minimal amount of time, can be extremely useful to law enforcement agencies.


3. No Weight Classes In calls for service, you never know the size, strength, or mental capacity of your attacker. Gracie Jiu Jitsu is leverage based, and works on the premise that with natural body movements, a smaller, less athletic person can gain a position of advantage, or a position to disengage and transition to a subject control tool or device. This is extremely valuable in the law enforcement realm, where officers come in all shapes and sizes.


4. Minimal Damage to the Subject , Gracie Jiu Jitsu is not fighting fire with fire, but rather fighting fire with water. In a world of Monday morning quarterbacks and lawsuits, the value of this cannot be overstated. Jiu Jitsu has earned its reputation of truly being the “gentle art.”


5. Calm Amidst the Storm Every police officer knows that subject control situations can be high stress. As the officer’s stress level increases, the officer’s energy, and often times cognitive decision making ability, decreases. This is a recipe for disaster! One of the most compelling reasons to incorporate Jiu Jitsu into a defensive tactics program is that as an officer builds confidence in their ability to escape from grounded positions, as well as control subjects on the ground, they are much less likely to overreact due to stress.


Subject control is an important component to the training and maintaining of high quality law enforcement professionals. There are a lot of tools, a lot of systems, and a lot of competing theories as to how much, and what kind of training the modern law enforcement officer needs. The decisions that law enforcement as a profession come up with can literally mean the difference between life and death. I hope this article has made the case that Gracie Jiu Jitsu should be a part of every police agencies defensive tactics program. Train hard and be safe!





After the UFC took the world by storm in 1993, people all over the world realized that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was the only system that would give someone a realistic chance against a larger, more athletic opponent. The US Army was among the first to recognize the effectiveness of our self-defence system. In 1994, they contacted Rorion Gracie and asked him to develop an intensive course based on the most effective techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which would give soldiers maximum hand-to-hand combat effectiveness, in the least amount of time, with the least amount of injuries. The result was Gracie Combatives. Since the inception of the Gracie Combatives course, Grace Jiu-jitsu has taught the techniques to special operations forces including US Army Special Forces, US Army Rangers, and US Navy SEALs, the CIA, and conventional units in the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard. In January 2002, the US Army officially adopted Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as the foundation for its Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) with the publication of a manual based primarily on the original program designed by Rorion Gracie.


Concurrently, members of the law enforcement community asked Rorion to develop a program that police officers could use that was non-violent and court-defensible. The result was G.R.A.P.L.E. (Gracie Resisting Attack Procedures for Law Enforcement), a specialized defensive tactics program that has since been adopted by virtually every federal law enforcement agency, including the FBI, US Secret Service, and US Border Patrol, along with countless state, county and local law enforcement agencies.





1. The bad guy always has the ambush advantage.


In a real fight, there is no referee to start or to stop the fight when you are getting assaulted, and there are no weight classes, time limits, or rules to save you either. Only the bad guy knows when and how he will attack. Any time you are close enough to conduct a pat-down, or to exchange documents, you are close enough to be ambushed. In the program, we teach simple and effective sudden assault defence strategies that enable you to neutralize the threat and achieve a position of advantage while minimizing injury to yourself and the bad guy.


2. Never grapple with the bad guy by choice.


If you enter into a “grappling match” with the bad guy, you put yourself in great danger since the bad guy could take your weapons and use them against you. If, however, the fight goes to the ground against your will, you must know what to do. In the program, we teach time-tested escape techniques that can be used to get you off the ground and back to your feet so that you can establish distance and utilize the appropriate force option to neutralize the threat. also features a series of leverage-based weapon retention principles you can apply in any grappling scenario to keep your weapons secure until you have the opportunity to disengage from the ground fight. Our philosophy is simple: “Learn how to fight on the ground, so you don’t have to.”


3. In a street fight, there is no “tap-out.”


In MMA and sport jiu-jitsu matches, the tap-out works immediately; in a fight for your life against someone who wants to injure or kill you, a tap-out will not save you. For military and law enforcement professionals, we understand that victory isn’t achieved until you neutralize the threat and apprehend the bad guy. In the program we have devised a series of simple, yet reliable, handcuffing procedures you can use from virtually every position in the fight, and the techniques are applicable to both solo and partner arrest scenarios.




With dozens of new defensive tactics courses popping up every year, it’s hard to differentiate between one course and the next. Aside from the fact that the program has been developed and refined over nearly two decades, here are some of the key factors that set us apart from the rest.




The techniques in the program are designed to be effective for any military or law enforcement professional regardless of age, gender, size, or athletic ability (we recommend a minimum level of fitness). While most other defensive tactics programs rely on the strength, speed, and coordination of the user, all the techniques in the program are based entirely on leverage, timing, and efficient use of energy so that they can be successfully applied by anyone against a larger, stronger subject in the field.




One allegation of excessive force can undermine a Law Enforcement organization’s authority and jeopardize its relationship with the community it serves. All the techniques in the course are specifically designed to be maximally effective, while at the same time minimally injurious to the subject on whom they are being applied. Nearly all of the organizations that have adopted A BJJ based program have reported a significant decrease in the number of excessive force allegations.




There are many martial arts techniques that are perfectly applicable and highly effective when wearing normal street clothes, but are totally useless when applied by someone who is wearing restrictive body armor or a bulky duty belt. Before any technique is added to the program, it is thoroughly tested to make sure that it can be applied in the restrictive tactical gear. In fact, in the online course, we included full tactical gear demos so that you can see how effectively all techniques can be applied, regardless of the body armor and duty belt restrictions!





MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, and the general public’s knowledge on basic fighting strategies and techniques is at an all-time high. Consequently, there is a very real risk that a military or law enforcement professional will encounter a bad guy with some form of mixed martial arts training. Fortunately, the program is specifically designed to give any military or law enforcement professional – regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability – the skills to: 1) Neutralize the immediate threat from an aggressive subject, 2) Retain control of their weapons during the fight, and 3) Achieve a position of advantage so they can utilize the appropriate force option.


Remember, while you are reading this, your enemy is training.


The Martial Arts Centre Canada  is a Law Enforcement / Military friendly training facility. The Martial Arts Centre Combatives is an excellent solution for Law Enforcement Officers looking to enhance their Defensive Tactics skills. The Martial Arts Centre Canada also offers private Defensive Tactics courses and custom courses for Small groups or Privates.


Military and Law enforcement memberships Discounts are given to any member of military or Law enforcement.