Blue Line BJJ ‘Top 10’ List – Reasons to Attend the Police Week Seminar
By: William Krieg / firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Line BJJ
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 take turns showing their favorite techniques to attendees. Following the four 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.
Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Police Week Seminar
Looking around Facebook or spending time surfing the web will show many, many different options to train jiu-jitsu. Nearly every day there are classes, workshops, and seminars literally taught by highly accomplished instructors showing amazing techniques. So, what makes the Blue Line BJJ seminar on Monday, May 13thso special? We’ve come up with our own ‘Top 10’ list to explain.
1. Four Instructors / Four Perspectives
Every seminar I’ve ever attended I’ve taken back more than just technique. I’ve taken back nuggets of jiu-jitsu philosophy. Years and years of experience boiled down to fundamental thoughts and body movements. Now, most mid-level jiu-jitsu players can break down technique they’ve seen and pass them on to others. Most high-level jiu-jitsu instructors can discover new technique based on what they’ve experienced and pass that on to others. Yet most civilian instructors can’t grasp the stress and challenges of working in law enforcement. It’s a unique and dangerous profession. On May 13th, we’ll have not one, but FOUR highly qualified instructors who can bridge the gap by sharing jiu-jitsu experience and give it on-the-job relevance.
2. Effective ‘Real World’ Explanations
We all know that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a highly effective control option for those in law enforcement. We also know that more technical movements like deep half guard or berimbolo have no place on the job. Our collective group of law enforcement based black belt instructors will be able to provide clear explanations between where the ‘sport’ ends and ‘real world effectiveness’ begins.
In 2018, Blue Line BJJ organized a charity seminar that brought together law enforcement officers from all across the county for an afternoon of jiu-jitsu training. We had participants fly to Chicago from the East Coast, West Coast, and as far away as Alaska. The stories shared and the bonds forged could only be made in a room full of LEO spending time on the mat together. This seminar will provide another amazing experience to network with brothers and sisters from all across the country.
4. It’s for Charity
There are some costs associated with hosting a seminar. Once these costs are met, all remaining proceeds will go to charity. As with all Blue Line BJJ events, the charity chosen will be law enforcement based. Look for a formal charity announcement soon on the Blue Line BJJ website and on social media.
5. Sweet SWAG Bag
The cost of the seminar is $120. Included with the registration cost is four solid hours of instruction and an open mat. On top of that, everyone in attendance will receive a digital copy of the group photo, defense soap, a seminar t-shirt, THREE Blue Line BJJ patches, and stickers. By the day of the seminar we may even have more goodies to hand out. Well worth the price of admission!
6. Awesome Raffle and Auction Items
If a bag full of goodies at the door isn’t enough for you, there will be items available for raffle and auction at the event. Up for grabs will be a hand-made blue line flag challenge coin holder, a longboard with the Blue Line BJJ logo, Blue Line BJJ merchandise, and THREE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS to the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood on-line academy. We hope to announce more items in the next few weeks. You must be present to be eligible.
7. Pedro Sauer’s World Headquarters
Pedro Sauer is one of the most recognizable names in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is highly technical and one of the truly nice guys in the game. An amazing person with an amazing team following in his footsteps. We are honored and humbled to be allowed to host this event at his headquarters in Herndon, VA. Think of attending this seminar as a pilgrimage a jiu-jitsu landmark. If we are lucky, maybe Pedro will stop in and say hello…
8. Police Week Experience
It is not a coincidence that the Blue Line BJJ seminar is being held during Police Week. Many of the same reasons why Police Week is so special carry over to why this seminar will be so unique. Come train with us on Monday afternoon and then spend time with 40,000 other officers in Washington DC.
9. Jiu-Jitsu is Better than Working
The seminar begins at noon on Monday, May 13th. Would you rather spend the day working or spend the day training with a room full of jiu-jitsu loving LEO?
10. To Support the ‘Team within a Team’ Concept
The seminar is being held at the Pedro Sauer Association headquarters. It is being organized by a Rodrigo Vaghi black belt. While two of the black belt instructors are under Pedro Sauer, a third is a black belt under Tom DeBlass and a fourth is a black belt who is a part of the Renzo Gracie Association. The attendees will provide an even more team diversity. However, everyone in the room will work in law enforcement. All of the LEO that train jiu-jitsu form a ‘team within a team’ that should be celebrated and encouraged to grow.
My wife was kind enough to let me make a road trip from Northern Wisconsin to Washington DC and put on a seminar half way across the country. If this seminar flops she may not let me do this again in 2020. If you help make this a success, you guarantee future seminars and ensure my safety when I return home. To register, visit www.bluelinebjj.com/policeweek2019.
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.