Featured Instructor Scott Smith

BJJ Black Belt Scott Smith – Police Week 2019 Seminar Instructor
By: William Krieg / wkrieg@bluelinebjj.com
Blue Line BJJ
Written: 04/02/19


Announcing Scott Smith 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. However, you do not need to be attending police week to participate in this event. 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 Scott Smith as our fourth featured instructor for the Police Week 2019 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar for law enforcement!


Law Enforcement Career

Prior to getting into law enforcement, Scott Smith served in the United States Army 2nd75thRanger Regiment from 1994-1999. During his time assigned to the Ranger regiment he worked on several teams including small boat operations, special mountain warfare, and explosives. It was also during his military service that he was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In 2002, Scott started his law enforcement career with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s department. A short time later he relocated to Kentucky and took a job with the Newport Police department. While with Newport he became a part of the hostage negotiation team, a defensive tactics instructor, and assisted with several other specialized units in the department.

During his time as an officer with Newport, Scott also went back to school to earn his master’s degree in Public Administration. Due in part to his high-drive and work ethic he rose through the law enforcement ranks quickly. With only 14-years of experience as an officer, Scott was elevated to Police Chief for the city of Ludlow, Kentucky


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Background

Scott Smith is a 1stdegree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the highly respected Tom Deblass. Scott is the head instructor and co-owner of NKY Martial Arts Academy. Now a civilian, he hasn’t forgotten his military roots. Scott has instructed some of the world’s top special warfare operators and has taught various law enforcement SWAT teams over the years. Over the past few decades of training, Scott has amassed a broad and extensive understanding of realistic self-defense. He can successfully tailor that knowledge to show combat effectiveness, law enforcement appropriateness, or simplified enough for civilian self-defense.

One of Scott’s goals as a Police Chief is to help motivate and encourage changes in training, policy, and police culture. His hope is to be a part of the change to have Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu accepted in police culture and be a staple to law enforcement approaches to use of force concepts.

His efforts have made an impact. For example, visit https://www.wcpo.com/news/our-community/people/ludlow-police-chief-trains-officers-in-brazilian-jiu-jitsu to watch a WCPO Channel 9 Cincinnati story about Scott and his training efforts.


To further prove his commitment, he offers free training to law enforcement officers. The Jiu-Jitsu Times wrote a great article about it which can be read here: https://www.jiujitsutimes.com/police-chief-offers-free-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-lessons-to-officers/

We are very excited to have Chief Scott Smith with us in DC for our seminar event!


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.