Roll-Call Seminar for Charity

Roll Call Seminar – Chicago 2018
By: William Krieg /
Blue Line BJJ
Written: 05/14/18


Blue Line BJJ is proud to announce our 1st Annual Roll-Call Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar in Chicago (Elgin), IL. This truly unique seminar experience held on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 and hosted by Straight Blast Gym – Illinois.

There are four things that make this event like no other:

  • The seminar is only open to members of the law enforcement community.
  • All of the black belt instructors are also members of the law enforcement community.
  • Each instructor will take turns showing their favorite moves for both sport and the street.
  • 100% of the proceeds will go to charity.

The seminar is scheduled to start at 1pm and last at least 4-hours (with time at the end for photos and some friendly rolls). Our hope is that participants take the opportunity to network with other members of the law enforcement community that share your passion for jiu-jitsu. We are expecting a wide range of city police, county deputies, special agents (federal), criminal justice educators, and jailers. A proof of employment will be required for everyone at the event. This is a seminar only for LEO’s taught only by LEO’s.

There are only 50 spots available and this event will sell out. Be sure to visit our official registration page to sign-up. Once the registration form has been completed, follow the link to our official store to complete your reservation.


Charity for 2018

For this seminar, we chose the non-profit group Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to receive the entirety of the money raised. Our goal is to raise a total of $2,500.00.

Concerns of Police Survivors C.O.P.S. – Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.

C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.


Instructor List

We have been fortunate enough to have some very talented and experienced LEO professionals step up and offer to assist with the seminar. All of them have worked the job and all of them are black belts in jiu-jitsu. The amount of collective talent and knowledge is extremely impressive! Now, because we all know how the law enforcement world works, this is a tentative list. All have agreed to come teach, but there is a chance some might not be able to travel because of last minute work commitments. Blue Line BJJ will continue to update participants on any changes as they become known.

The instructor list as it currently stands includes:


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Alex Embry (Alpha BJJ)

Alex Embry from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department (IL). Alex spent the majority of his career on the road working nights. Currently, he has been running their training program. Alex has also been assigned to the SWAT team since 2007.

In the jiu-jitsu world, Alex received his black belt in 2014 under Mike Budnik and Renato Tavares. He got his start as a member of Team Nova Uniao before switching to Team Tavares. Alex currently runs Alpha BJJ in Woodstock, IL.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Bill Krieg (Team Vaghi)

Bill Krieg from the Appleton Police Department (WI). Bill is a patrol lieutenant and coordinates the defensive tactics program at the department. Outside of the department, he is an adjunct instructor at the local recruit academy and is the founder of Blue Line BJJ.

In the jiu-jitsu world, Bill started training in 1997 and received his black belt from Rodrigo Vaghi in 2013. He currently runs Flashback Martial Arts in Appleton, WI.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Bob Duffey (Rigan Machado)

Bob Duffey from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department (WI). Bob started his career at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections is 2004 before moving to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office in 2007. He currently oversees the electronic monitoring unit and is an adjunct instructor at Gateway Technical College.

In the jiu-jitsu world, Bob received his black belt from Rigan Machado in 2017. He is currently a co-owner of Crossover BJJ Academy in Milwaukee, WI.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Chris McMahan (Team Budnik)

Chris McMahan is a Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (VA). We can’t talk about the rest of what he does because it’s some high-level secret ninja stuff.

In the jiu-jitsu world, Chris earned his black belt from Mike Budnik and Renato Tavares, but is currently training at Pedro Sauer’s Headquarters school in Herndon, VA. Chris has been a black belt since 2017.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Jay Wadsworth (Kinetix Combat Sports)

Jay Wadsworth from the Jamestown Police Department (NY). Along with his officer duties, Jay is a team leader on the SWAT team and a defensive tactics instructor with the department. Outside of the department he is a combatives instructor for the New York Tactical Officers Association (NYTOA) and TacOps East.

In the jiu-jitsu world, Jay received his black belt from Julio Fernandez in 2016. He is an active competitor both gi and no-gi, has produced a number of DVD tutorials, and is currently an instructor at Kinetix Combat Sports in NY.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt John Hutson (Team Curran)

John Hutson from the Des Plaines Police Department (IL). John is a Marine Corps veteran and been a police officer since 1998. He is currently a patrol sergeant and is the head of the department’s defensive tactics program. Outside of the department he has taught classes through the North East Multi-Unit Training Center and is a state certified trainer with a number of certified curriculums he has developed.

In the jiu-jitsu world, John started training in 1998 and received his black belt from Jeff Curran and Pedro Sauer in 2011. He is currently an instructor with Team Curran in IL.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Paul Sharp (Straight Blast Gym)

Paul Sharp from the Elgin Police Department (IL). Paul started his law enforcement career in 1998 and has done extensive work outside of the department. He co-created the ISR Matrix combatives program, is a part of the Shivworks Collective, teaches at ‘The Site’ for Jim Kauber, and has done close protection work for Clark International.

In the jiu-jitsu world, Paul started training jiu-jitsu in 1993 and received his black belt from Chris Haueter in 2015. He currently runs the Straight Blast Gym just outside of Chicago.


Event Location

The seminar is being hosted by the Straight Blast Gym in Elgin, IL. For those unfamiliar with the area, Elgin is a NW suburb of Chicago with easy highway access from all over the Midwest.

Straight Blast Gym
1341 Manor Court Unit B
Elgin, IL, 60123
Phone: 224-325-5246



Blue Line BJJ is looking for law enforcement and jiu-jitsu based businesses who would like to help make this event a huge success. We are looking for items to be placed in participant “goodie bags” and larger items to be raffled off the day of the event. 100% of proceeds will be given to charity.

If you run a business, or know a business who may be interested in helping us with this event, please reach out to Blue Line and let us know. The more sponsors and supporters we can bring on board the more we’ll ultimately be able to give back to our members and to charity. As always, we appreciate your support!


Training/Equipment Requirements

Although the seminar will be taught by LEO for LEO, we will not be training in kit. This will be a gi seminar focusing on jiu-jitsu techniques that may or may not be directly related to the street. Yes we are cops, but we are also here to have fun with some of the sport techniques jiu-jitsu has to offer. What that means is you will not need a duty belt, vest, or any other law enforcement specific equipment. What you will need to bring are the following:

  • All participants must bring two forms of photo ID, and one of them needs to be a proof of employment for a qualifying law enforcement agency.
  • All participants must bring a clean gi and belt.
  • Please bring your own sandals or flip-flops for walking around outside the training area and for entry into the bathroom.
  • Consider bringing business cards to hand out for networking (optional)
  • Consider bringing some agency or jiu-jitsu team patches for trading (optional)


Event Rules and Policies

As for the rules and policies, things are pretty simple:

  • Payment for the event must be made prior to participation – no exceptions.
  • A participation waiver must be completed and on file with Blue Line BJJ. These will be available prior to the event.
  • No live weapons will be allowed on the training floor.
  • No personal or agency information gathered during the registration process will be shared with anyone.
  • If you are unable to attend, registrations are transferrable to another LEO for their use.
  • If a refund is required, a $10 service fee will be kept to offset administrative costs.
  • If the seminar reaches capacity, a waiting list will be created and vacancies will be filled in order from the waiting list.


How to Register

To register, go to the official registration page and complete it in its entirety. Once completed, follow the link to the online store to purchase your ticket. This event is limited to the first 50 law enforcement professionals who sign-up. The seminar will sell out so don’t wait too long to make your plans to attend.

Do you have any thoughts or comments? Please visit Blue Line BJJ on Facebook 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.

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