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Welcome to the Officer Survival Series Website! My name is Rob Magao. I am the founder and head instructor of the Officer Survival Series: De-Escalation Through Confidence Program. I have over 25 years of law enforcement experience and have been a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt for almost a decade. I have been teaching grappling based police programs to officers since 1999 in my home state of Connecticut, throughout the USA and internationally.
Police officers have one of the toughest jobs on earth. They often face tense, rapidly evolving, dangerous and unpredictable situations. They need the best training possible to respond to these situations. The Instructors for the Officer Survival Series not only have decades of Gracie Jiu-jitsu experience but also decades of real world law enforcement experience which is shared with our LEO student base.
Our course combines pressure tested physical tactics skills to include striking, clinch work, take-downs, groundwork, edged weapons response, weapon retention, team tactics, de-escalation, TECC, dealing with special populations, handcuffing, police accountability updates, use of force, force on force scenarios, report writing and mock trial/court room testimony. Never accept the answer that the old way is the only way. Put yourself and your agency among those that strive to find better ways. Believe in those seeking answers, but doubt those claiming to be the only one to have found them.