Rener Gracie will be making an appearance on the next episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The August 24 episode will feature Police training jiu-jitsu in Marietta, Georgia as a means to give law enforcement practical skills they can use safely.
In a press release from HBO, The segment will be on Police Jiu-JItsu training with the following description:
With police desperate to find ways to regain the trust of their communities, the famed Gracie family believes the way to kinder, gentler cops is to teach them the sport they developed: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art and combat sport used in the typically violent world of MMA. The police department in Marietta, Georgia has incorporated the art of jiu-jitsu into their training and has seen a surprising reduction in clashes between police officers and the community they serve.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art, it was meant for self-defense before it got watered down by sports. Martial arts is always associated with violence, but when it comes to self-defense it is a means of keeping peace in the hands of someone trained properly.
Too many altercations make the news due to cases of excessive force and loss of life. With the unpredictability of the day-to-day interactions when men and women of law enforcement are on the job, training in the “gentle art” of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu could probably help, and by what HBO states in their press release the police in Marietta, Georgia are seeing positive results.
Recently, Rener Gracie made a post on social media where two officers approached him thanked him and his family for doing something to help them better protect and serve.
At least we know that if you get arrested at the happiest place on earth, you’ll be in good hands. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/eZmWpfLTrs
— Rener Gracie (@RenerGracie) August 14, 2021
The episode will also feature “The Collectible Boom”, based on the resurgence of trading card collectibles and NFT’s, and “Cheer Abuse”, a look at the allegations of sexual abuse in All-Star Cheerleading.
The all-new episode will air at a special time on Tuesday, August 24 at 11:00-12:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series is available on HBO, and HBO Max.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel