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Old 01-17-2008, 08:41 AM   #37
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
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Re: Is Aikido effective for police?

The Gracies developed a law enforcement program called GRAPLE, Gracie Resisting Assault Procedures for Law Enforcement. Not a bad course of eight hours and concentrates a lot on weapons retention, gun and knife take-aways, and positioning suspects for cuffing. They also have a pretty slick practice to counter the "21 Foot Rule" type of attack. I personally don't enjoy the grappling much (although my son is a Gracie instructor and a cop as well), but I attended the course and thought it was pretty good. A couple of the weapons retention techniques looked pretty similar to katate kosa dori ikkyo and felt right at home for me. Worth looking at for LE instructors.

Michael
"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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