Featured Instructor Chris Bumgarner

BJJ Black Belt Chris Bumgarner – Police Week 2019 Seminar Instructor
By: William Krieg / wkrieg@bluelinebjj.com
Blue Line BJJ
Written: 03/10/19


Announcing Chris Bumgarner as a Seminar Instructor

During the week of May 12-18, 2019, law enforcement professionals from all across the country will be converging on Washington DC for Police Week. As a part of Police Week, Blue Line BJJ is organizing a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar in nearby Herndon, Virginia specifically for those in law enforcement. The seminar will feature four black belt instructors who also work in the law enforcement community. This will be a jiu-jitsu seminar taught by law enforcement for law enforcement.

The seminar is scheduled to begin at noon on Monday, May 13, 2019. Each black belt instructor will be taking turns showing their favorite techniques to attendees. Following the blocks of instruction there will be an open mat and networking opportunities available. All jiu-jitsu teams are welcome, but all attendees are required to work in law enforcement – examples include patrol, corrections, troopers, federal special agents, military police, probation and parole agents. For more information, visit www.bluelinebjj.com/policeweek2019.

Blue Line BJJ is proud to announce jiu-jitsu black belt Chris Bumgarner as our second featured instructor for the Police Week 2019 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar for law enforcement!


Law Enforcement Career

Prior to getting into law enforcement, Chris served in the Marine Corps from 1998-2002. During that time, he was an Infantryman assigned to Security Forces in Washington DC. He was able to serve under both President Clinton and President Bush (Jr) at both Camp David and the White House. After his time in the Marines he took a position with the US Capital Police.

In 2005, Chris left the US Capital Police and began working for the City of Dover Police Department in Dover, DE. The Dover Police Department has 105 sworn officers and serves a resident population of approximately 40,000. After starting in patrol, Chris spent almost 12 years assigned to the DVOC (Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit). He also spent seven years assigned to the state wide ATF Violent Crimes Task Force which focused on gangs, violent crews, and gun trafficking as well as serve on his agency’s SWAT Team.

In January 2019, Chris transferred out of DVOC and is now a detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit. In addition, he is the lead instructor for his department’s Control Tactics program and designs all of the in-service trainings. Some of his credentials include:

  • De-Escalation Instructor
  • State Police Academy Instructor
  • FLETC Control Tactics Instructor
  • LOCK UP Ground Fighting Instructor
  • PPCT Instructor


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Background

Chris has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2001. He is a black belt under Jon Garfield and Pedro Sauer and is the lead instructor at First State Martial Arts in Dover, DE. He has 12 years teaching experience to bring to the Blue Line BJJ seminar. As an example of his style, here are two quick videos of him showing some technique.

Slam Defense to the Standing Headlock

Butterfly Guard Pass

Along with his teaching, Chris is a successful writer covering jiu-jitsu related topics. On August 14, 2016, Chris wrote a contributing article for Jiu-Jitsu Times called ‘A Police Perspective on Jiu-Jitsu.’ It is a good read discussing jiu-jitsu written by someone who actually works the job and knows the challenges of our profession. Click https://www.jiujitsutimes.com/police-perspective-jiu-jitsu/ to read further.

Then on October 2, 2016, Chris wrote a detailed article featured on the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood’s website called ‘The Importance of Footwork in Jiu-Jitsu.’ Click https://www.jiujitsubrotherhood.com/importance-footwork-jiu-jitsu/ to read further. His attention to details in all of his articles are carried over into his teaching on the mat.


Please Help Us Share

Please help us spread the world about this seminar by sharing our information on social media. We have a strong Facebook presence and a growing Instagram account. Admittedly we aren’t good at Twitter (only 12 followers at the time of this article) but we’ll be posting there as well. If you know any law enforcement friendly podcasts, magazines, or social media groups involved in jiu-jitsu please let them know about our event. We really want to pass 100 attendees, but we can’t do that without your help!

Do you have any thoughts or comments? Please visit Blue Line BJJ on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to discuss. Thank you for taking the time to read this and be safe out on the streets.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are entirely my own and are not to be taken as official views from the city or law enforcement agency where I work. Any techniques that are demonstrated or discussed are to be done at your own risk. Consult with your local district attorney and your agency policy before implementing anything learned on this site. Federal law, State law, and agency policy always trump my opinion.