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Jiu-jitsu gym to hold class to raise funds for police program

A local Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym will have a special class to help raise money for training members of law enforcement. 

“The last few years law enforcement has had to re-evaluate its defensive tactics training in the wake of some fairly high-profile use of force cases that have ended up with suspects hurt and/or killed and police officers facing criminal and civil penalties,” Cumming Police Chief David Marsh said in a statement. “One of the ways many of us have identified as a way of making our officers more physically capable and competent is through the training of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”

Marsh said there are parallels between law enforcement and training Jiu-Jitsu and “there are several studies that have shown officers who practice jiu-jitsu tend to use less physical force when effecting arrests and are less likely to hurt themselves and suspects in the process.”

What: Professor Greg Lapin will host a special seminar to raise money for Adopt a Cop BJJ, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for law enforcement officers to train Jiu-Jitsu. The seminar is open to all experience levels, and 100% of the funds will go toward Adopt a Cop.

Who: Lapin is a black belt representative of Adopt a Cop BJJ, owner of Checkmat Vida Jiu-Jitsu in Mandeville, Louisiana, a SWAT assaulter and a competitive BJJ black belt, who has earned medals for Pan Jiu-Jitsu and World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. 

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20

Where: Ascension Mixed Martial Arts, 2 Tri-County Plaza, Cumming. 

Cost: $50. Donations can be made in person on the day of the training or can be sent to Lapin via Venmo to @Greg-Lapin with “Ascension:” and the trainee’s name as the note. 

More info: Go to or call 305-440-8203.