Episode 246

Police Training & Police Misconduct

A Conversation with Rener Gracie

April 16, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rener Gracie about police procedure and about the special relevance of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for safely controlling resisting suspects.

Rener Gracie is a third-generation member of the legendary Gracie Family credited with creating the self-defense system known as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He started learning the family craft at two years old, and he was 10 years old when his father created the UFC. Today, Rener is the co-owner and chief instructor at the Gracie University of Jiu-Jitsu, the global jiu-jitsu organization headquartered in Southern California. With over 180 brick-and-mortar locations worldwide, and over 300,000 students learning via the interactive online jiu-jitsu portal (GracieUniversity.com), Rener has dedicated his life to sharing jiu-jitsu with the world. 

In recent years, Rener has become a central figure in the discussion surrounding police use of force in the United States. With over 20 years of experience teaching law enforcement professionals, he presents compelling data that substantiates the need for more training for police officers at a time when many are fighting to “defund the police,” which would accomplish the exact opposite. 

Website: https://www.gracieuniversity.com/

Twitter: @RenerGracie

Instagram: @renergracie

YouTube: @GracieBreakdown

McDonald’s Taser Incident: https://youtu.be/F4VeHOkt_o8

Jiu-Jitsu Cop Breaks Down His Own Encounter: https://youtu.be/BOBsTJdr0Oo

2 Cops vs. 1 Huge Guy: https://youtu.be/FFTJHu4b4Sw

Marietta Police Department Jiu-Jitsu Study: https://youtu.be/pDIG_SKhjUw

Gracie University—Police Training Reimagined: GracieUniversity.com/Reform