BJJ black belt Viking Wong was the first Chinese male to compete in the World Championships earlier this summer. Now, he is trying to get a new claim to fame: fixing Hong Kong’s broken police force.
“You’ve had news coverage of police being unable to handle drunk people in the streets,” said Wong in an interview with South China Morning Post. “That’s a shame. It shouldn’t happen.”
There are 20 guys trying to subdue one guy. Your job is to protect and serve. That’s not happening right now.
Viking brought his idea to the police commissioner, who is open to bringing Brazil’s soft art into his force, but recognizes the difficulties:
“He recognized the importance of this martial art,” said Wong. “He wants to slowly bring it into the police force and realize the potential of it. He gave us some insight into how timid and backwards police are here. They’re afraid of change.”
Toughening police up isn’t the only reason Viking wants to bring BJJ to Hong Kong’s police. Unlike some other martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu allows practitioners to subdue opponents without causing them any serious physical harm, something that should be the goal of every police force in the free world.
Wong wants to help Hong Kong police officers learn BJJ’s soft but firm fighting style not only so that they can effectively subdue dangerous individuals, but do so in a way that significantly lowers the risk of harm for both officer and criminal alike:
If the police can subdue and de-escalate the situation without hurting anyone, it’s better for everyone. It’s the ultimate way to defend yourself in a passive way.
It’s much better for the police force and military people when you don’t have to necessarily cause harm to the other person.
It doesn’t matter who the person is or how big, what the situation is. If I twist your arm this way, in this manner, it’s going to break. It’s science. It’s not make-believe.
Every Tom, **** and Jane that can afford to pay a gym membership right now is learning this stuff. And the police are not. That doesn’t make any sense.
Viking Wong, of course, isn’t the only one interested in bringing Brazilian jiu-jitsu into the police force. Instructors and officers all over the world want to help law enforcement effectively bring peace to the streets of their jurisdictions in a way that respects the rights of the accused.
For more information on why police officers should learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu, check out this article.