What Martial Arts Do Police Use? | Explained

Law enforcement have a job that requires them to adequately assess a situation in milliseconds, and at times subdue others without the use of weapons.

Martial arts can be a massive helps in this aspect. In this page we will cover what martial arts the Police uses along with why they use these martial arts.


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Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a military self-defense and fighting system that uses a combination of martial arts including Boxing, Wrestling, Judo and Karate in order to efficiently deal with a real-world situation.

Unlike other martial arts, there are no competition or showcases available for participants, at is strictly designed for self defense in the real world.

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According to the Krav Maga Institute:

Krav Maga enhances the established basic techniques taught to law enforcement by improving the ability to prevent an engagement and the most effective techniques to defend against a hostile act.

The law enforcement community is guided by specific techniques of control because their mission is to control & apprehend. However when an individual officer finds him/herself in a defensive, life-threatening situation Krav Maga provides the last resort tactics an officer can utilize to save their own life.

Krav Maga is not an art; it utilizes and enhances an individual’s natural reaction to deliver the most effective and efficient techniques to defend themselves.

Law enforcement has the most dynamic and challenging mission of keeping the peace.

Each situation encountered requires control utilizing a range from verbal to physical tactics. The parameters that law enforcement must maintain are staying in compliance with the appropriate force for a given situation (force continuum). What Krav Maga for law enforcement provides is the control and defensive tactics to deal with various situations.

We focus on developing the identification of a deteriorating situation, prevention and finally defense against a threat. When faced with a life-threatening encounter, the most dangerous situations require combative methods or what is referred to as last resort tactics.


Judo is a system of unarmed combat where the objective is to cleanly throw, pin, or control the opponent through joint manipulation. When police officers are handcuffing resisting suspects, it is normally done on the ground after the suspect has been controlled.


Judo is a great martial art that can be used in order to take a suspect from the standing position to the ground without inflicting major damage, while still being able to control them the entire way down.

Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is primarily based on ground fighting and submission holds on the ground. It is a martial art that emphasizes technique, and unlike other martial arts size is not nearly as important.

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This means that anyone can learn Jiu Jitsu (over a period of time) in order to safely and efficiently control an opponent on the ground.

Once a suspect is on the ground, police officers can use Jiu Jitsu in order to control the suspect without injuring them or themselves in the process.