The team Leader of Atos in Orlando, Florida, Jiu-Jitsu Professor Christophoros Constantinidis has been doing a great job with the local police forces, as well as units of the city’s fire department, giving a series of specialization courses in self-defense.
Many of the techniques covered in the courses are used in extreme risk situations where it is necessary to control, immobilize and neutralize suspects without the use of strikes or firearms. In the video below, Chris teaches three very effective examples for this kind of approach.
“Police classes focus not only on fighting techniques, but also on the emotional side. Jiu-Jitsu gives officers a great deal of confidence, and that makes all the difference at the time of actual conflict. It is necessary to act at the right time, to have a certain degree of coldness, and all this we develop throughout the training,” says Chris.
According to Orlando County Sheriff Jacob Snavely, “Professor Christophoros is making a positive difference by helping police officers improve their combat skills.”
In Brazil, where he lived until 2015, Chris also developed specific training to help prepare and train police (military, civil and federal), with courses in Brasilia and Florianópolis.
A competitor with big results at various IBJJF events, Christophoros remembers how he was enchanted with Jiu-Jitsu for the first time: “Because I’m lightweight and short, I suffered bullying in school. In 1995, I started training Jiu-Jitsu, and it was this tool that helped me avoid problems and neutralize dangerous situations. My fascination with self-defense began there, and today I feel like an accomplished professional due to passing on this knowledge to everyone, from police and firefighters (in the specialization courses), as well as to the kids at the gym, or adults and the elderly. The benefits of Jiu-Jitsu can improve everyone’s life.”