Yeah there is another thread on MA for law enforcement, but my questions are slightly different so bear with me. I've finally got an application away to a police force, and although the competition is high (2000 application forms for 80 positions) so I probably won't make it, I want to start adjusting my training now.
The situation in the UK seems very different in the UK to the USA (correct me if I am wrong). There is no emphasis on combatives, I have never heard of a school providing sessions for law enforcement, in fact as far as I know there is no provision of martial arts in UK police forces, and I would guess its almost frowned upon (you might end up hurting a criminal, God forbid). So I can't just track down a school that is geared for this stuff (to be fair, the Krav Maga guys have this stuff covered, but their schools are SERIOUSLY few and far between). Again, any UK guys please correct me if I am wrong.
The other difference, although this is changing, is that knives and unarmed fighting will be far more an issue than dealing with guns. And of course, our cops don't carry guns over here.
So, seeing as I am basically limited to the normal menu of martial arts, what should I be looking at? Would it be worth going to an MMA gym and telling them what I am after, see if they can help me out? After months of BJJ I feel no better equipped for self defence than I did before I started, so I don't think that is the way forward. I honestly reckon that any style that isn't going to teach me how to "endure" isn't going to cut it (that is to say, learn how to get smacked in the head), but I recognise these styles (MT, boxing, MMA) have holes in them when it comes to self defence, so I don't really know where to go.
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