By Sharon Aron Baron
The Coral Springs Police Department recently partnered with a world-renowned Professor of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Nei Seda, of Alliance Jiu-jitsu after multiple law enforcement encounters throughout the country, requiring “Use of Force,” which resulted in lives lost.
Sergeant Carla Miller, who supervises the unit, and Officer Rafael Caballero, attended FDLE Defensive Tactic Instructor, Advanced Defensive Tactics, and Gracie Survival Tactics Instructor Schools. Miller was introduced to Professor Seda, reviewed his training, and provided him with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics curriculum and the CSPD response to resistance guidelines.
Equipped with this information, the CSPD Training Unit began training at Alliance located at 4674 Coral Ridge Drive, to share the techniques learned during yearly in-service training provided to all CSPD officers.
In 2018, Seda opened his own Jiu-jitsu academy in the City of Coral Springs, welcoming Coral Springs Police Officers Augusto Carvalho and Timothy Coker as students.
Carvalho had already been a long-time student of the martial art, training at multiple locations. Coker, who was newer to the art of Jiu-jitsu, quickly realized the benefit of training with Seda and quickly became an advocate for the school, sharing its benefits with other law enforcement professionals.
“I felt it was important to spread the word about training at Alliance because I saw firsthand the importance of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in police work,” said Coker.
He added the goal of any response to a resistance encounter is to gain compliance by using the least amount of force as possible, and by using Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, officers can easily gain compliance and control without having to use strikes, impact weapons, batons, or Tasers.
“It’s a win-win situation when you are able to avoid injury to the arrestee or officer,” said Coker. “Brazilian Jiu-jitsu trains you to use simple holds, pins, and body locks, to gain control, while staying calm and composed during a stressful response to resistance encounters.”
The more the officer trains Brazilian Jiu-jitsu regularly, the more prepared he or she will be to handle these encounters and make smart and sound decisions.”
CSPD currently has 15 officers training with Seda.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Seda began training in Judo’s art at six. At 14, he was introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, earning a black belt in 1998. He came to the United States in 2007, where he continued to train and instruct students. Seda is currently a 5th-degree Jiu-jitsu black belt, a black belt in Judo, and a world-renowned referee in the sport who travels the world at the request of competition event coordinators.
Police Chief Clyde Parry recognizes the importance of having the most well-trained police department possible.
“We owe it to our citizens and the men and women who took a sworn oath to protect and serve our community to give officers the tools they need to do their job.”
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