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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,

BENEFITS OF MARTIAL
ARTS   TRAINING

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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