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63 FBI L. Enforcement Bull. 24 (1994)
Marshaling an Old Art: Martial Arts in Police Training

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   The idea of using   the martial
        arts in police training is not
        a  new  one. In Japan, all
police officers train in various styles
of Karate and Judo. In the United
States, officers routinely practice
wrist locks and take down  tech-
niques that originated in the martial
arts. The PR-24 police baton used
by  most American   police depart-
ments is, in fact, based on the Tonfa,
an ancient Okinawan  farming  tool
that peasants adapted for use as a
defense against sword attacks.
    However,  most  police instruc-
tors quickly would correct someone
who   referred to the baton  as a
Tonfa. This conflict in terminology
typifies the misconceptions many
Americans  hold  about the martial
arts. Even those  who  tacitly em-
brace the martial arts often do so
without  fully appreciating  their
more  subtle qualities.
    In addition to providing  un-
equaled  self-defense capabilities,
proper training in the martial arts
can  also benefit law enforcement
officers in numerous  other ways.
The  strict mental  and  physical
conditioning in martial arts train-
ing promotes cardiovascular health.
increases flexibility, and enables

officers to cope better with the high
stress levels inherent in policing.
    The training also fosters a sense
of self-confidence that allows offi-
cers to diffuse volatile situations
without  resorting to force. With
American  law  enforcement facing
unparalleled challenges, adminis-
trators would be remiss to ignore the
many  potential benefits that martial

arts training could provide to their
officers and their agencies,


Physical and Emotional   Health
    A career in law enforcement is
considered one of the most physi-
cally dangerous of any profession.

24 / FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

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