INVICTUS

ABOUT INVICTUS LEO

THE LAW ENFORCEMENT JIU JITSU COLLECTIVE

To help Police Officers and Police Departments worldwide adopt Jiu Jitsu into their defense tactics training and in turn, get more officers practicing Jiu Jitsu. #makeitmandatory

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Invictus: Latin adjective, "unconquered, unsubdued, invincible,"

About Invictus LEO Jiu Jitsu Collective

THE VISION: To help Police Officers and Police Departments worldwide adopt Jiu Jitsu into their defensive tactics training and in turn, get more officers practicing Jiu Jitsu.

INVICTUS is A group spear-heading the #BJJMAKEITMANDATORY movement. Its aim is to get more Law Enforcement officers training Jiu Jitsu. Less THAN 3% of POLICE officers train outside their “minimum mandated” use of force requirements. THIS need to change.

It is our belief that all police officers should regularly train for real world scenarios using Jiu Jitsu based principles. The reasoning is simple: Jiu Jitsu makes police officers safer in the field by teaching them the fundamental positioning and skills for real life physical encounters. Knowing Jiu Jitsu will not only protect police officers but it will also protect suspects based on the scalable factor of the art. In turn, use of force issues will be reduced as well as injuries to police officers and suspects.  If the only tool you have is a hammer, then all problems are seen as nails. It’s time to introduce a tool box that is practical, varied and workable for police.

This is not a place for excuses. We know it’s difficult to add extra training on an already daunting schedule and demands placed on LEOs on a daily basis. This is a pro-active group of men and women who believe in the power of Jiu Jitsu.

It is our hope that bringing police officers together who train Jiu Jitsu, will help get this movement going. We are sharing ideas as a group on training methods, techniques, policies and how to get more officers and departments involved in teaching and training Jiu Jitsu.  Every police officer has the responsibility to his/her family, partners and the public to prepare themselves for all possible situations they may encounter while preforming their sworn duties.

​The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. Let’s take it together. Start Training Jiu Jitsu.

TRAINING EQUALS SUCCESS

MEET THE FOUNDERS OF INVICTUS

Jason Rebsch

Jason Rebsch Has 24 years combined police experience and is a Black Belt and Instructor under Brian Marvin of Renzo Gracie Houston. Currently is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of his Department and has previously served as Patrol Sergeant and SRT Team Leader among other positions. Jason is also responsible for teaching Patrol, Active Shooter and Defensive Tactics at his agency. Jason has trained Jiu Jitsu for nearly 12 years and has competed at all levels. Jason is also the creator of BJJ Cop whose goal is to encourage Police Officers to begin training Jiu Jitsu by demonstrating the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in Law Enforcement. Jason is a Co-Founder of the Invictus Movement.

Ari Knazan

Ari Knazan co-founded Invictus with Jason Rebsch in an effort to educate police officers and departments on the importance of Jiu Jitsu for law enforcement personnel. Ari has over 30 years experience in the martial arts and is a 1st degree black belt under Keith Owen (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and a 5th degree Black Belt under Steve Hiscoe (Japanese Jiu Jitsu), both which Ari credits to saving his life on a number of occasions.  In addition to being a proud member of his city’s police force, he also operates a full time Jiu Jitsu academy and several online businesses which all revolve around personal safety, combative training and tactical awareness. Ari also is the host of Torvus Podcast, which aims at exploring the lighter side of life.

How We're Changing The Culture of Policing

The goal of Invictus is to give actual concrete solutions for officers and departments so they can start incorporating Jiu Jitsu into their use of force culture. This page will offer suggestions, statistics and support material to make that a reality.

Below is a sample letter you can forward to your department to gauge interest in starting a Jiu Jitsu program. This is PHASE 1, meaning, it opens the door to a discussion. PHASE 2 and PHASE 3 will include more detailed descriptions on what will be taught and how to actually launch the program.

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TRAINING EQUALS SUCCESS

MEET THE SPONSORED ATHLETES OF INVICTUS

brenin

Brenin has held various positions and started his career as a Corrections officer in 2008, a Public Safety Officer at City of Golf, a K9 Explosive Handler, and currently working as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. He spends his time as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors and continues to teach till this day. Brenin has also created a gym for “cops only” to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for free. Brenin has over 19 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a student and instructor. He is a student of the 2nd generation of Carlson Gracie lineage, Breno has fought in National and International tournaments.

Linage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Francisco Albuquerque > Brenin DeOliveira

Christina

Christina started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it quickly became a passion. In November 2019, she received her brown belt from third degree black belt and four-time world champion René Nazare-Azevedo, who she continues to train with under Clube Feijao. As a purple belt, Christina was undefeated, won multiple championships and titles, and brought home eight New York State titles. Christina has coached women’s Jiu Jitsu in both the United States and Abu Dhabi, where she won three consecutive UAE Jiu Jitsu World Pro Championship coaching titles. Christina enjoys helping others reach their fitness and nutrition goals and is an ISSA certified personal trainer, macro-nutrition specialist and crossfit level 1 coach. She has also worked with law enforcement to help them learn and improve their Jiu jitsu skills. In 2020, she co-founded A New Grip Inc., an organization that helps sexually exploited individuals and human trafficked survivors take back their lives. This organization has allowed her to continue to work with and help others through Jiu Jitsu.

Lana Toporek

Lana Toporek has been a police officer for 14yrs, and is currently a patrol corporal. She has also served as a defensive tactics instructor and field training officer in her law enforcement career.

Lana has been practicing martial arts for about 30yrs, with her focus being on bjj and Muay the last 11. She received her brown belt in bjj in august of 2020, and she will be assisting with the defensive tactics course this fall at the Women of Law Enforcement Conference.

Christopher Delaney

S​uffolk County Sheriff’s Office/Monster BJJ & MMA CJ was hired by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Long Island NY on August 7, 2000 as a correction officer. His career with the Sheriff’s Office includes working all types of housing units, intake as well as District Court. CJ is a DT Instructor, General Topics Instructor, Firearms Instructor (FBI Instructed), OC Chemical Agent Instructor, Crisis Intervention Instructor (CIT), Fair and Impartial Policing Instructor (FIP), NYS Certified School Resource Officer, GREAT Instructor, Sandy Hook Initiative Instructor and helps coordinate the Sheriff’s Office Explorer and College Internship Programs.  CJ’s BJJ career started in 2001. He began under the Kioto system and Professor Milton Regis where he attained the rank of blue belt. He would later change academies and continued his BJJ Journey at Serra BJJ. While at Serra BJJ, CJ met and trained under Professor Rich Korfhage (Serra BB) and would earn his Black Belt from Rich Korfhage in December of 2015.

PHYSICAL CONTROL AND COMBATIVES PROGRAMS

COURSES OFFERED & RESOURCES

At Invictus, our main goal is to get Law Enforcement professionals training. We are not affiliated with any particular group listed below but strongly believe that they all offer fantastic and high caliber courses to make LEO’s safer!

Code 4 Concepts (C4C) is the arm of PFC Training that delivers intermediate use-of-force, subject control, physical defense and combatives instruction.

Based out of Victoria BC Canada, Torvus Tactical aims to equip officers with solid fundamentals for arrest techniques, ground survival fighting and weapon retention.

Most people sign up for martial arts or weapons training expecting to learn realistic self-defense, and few get it .We have developed a curriculum that addresses the skills you need to successfully respond to threats. Get 25% off by using the discount code: Invictus

The premiere integrative combatives and control systems for military, first responders, and top level private sector personnel. LEO Defense Systems creates agency/company specific curriculum from top to bottom based on the needs of the mission or duties of the job.

This program is Gracie University’s specialized Defensive Tactics (DT) program for military and law enforcement professionals.

BSTS is a Law Enforcement run training company that specializes in several areas of defensive tactics.

Strategy and Tactics On Redirecting Movement, for the purpose of lawful control and effective self-defense.

The ISR Matrix Law Enforcement (LE) is designed for the patrol officer as a complete defensive tactics system (hand to hand as well as less than lethal and lethal tools) that can easily be readily integrated with existing S.O.P. and use of force continuums as required.

The system was developed and implemented in 2000 for law enforcement, security and military personnel, the L.O.C.K.U.P.® (Law Officers Combat Kinetics Unarmed Panoply)  program teaches arrest and control maneuvers for all levels of physical resistance and aggression.

To provide peace officers and security personnel with reality based verbal and physical control tactics that work as well on the street as they do in the classroom.

The Force Science Institute is dedicated to promoting the value of knowledge through empirical research in behavioral science and human dynamics. We develop and disseminate high quality scientifically grounded education, training, and consultation to support fact-based investigations, inform decision processes, enhance public safety, and improve peace officer performance in critical situations.

keeping officers safer one person at a time

MEET THE FOUNDERS OF INVICTUS

Jason Rebsch

Jason Rebsch Has 24 years combined police experience and is a Black Belt and Instructor under Brian Marvin of Renzo Gracie Houston. Currently is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of his Department and has previously served as Patrol Sergeant and SRT Team Leader among other positions. Jason is also responsible for teaching Patrol, Active Shooter and Defensive Tactics at his agency. Jason has trained Jiu Jitsu for nearly 12 years and has competed at all levels. Jason is also the creator of BJJ Cop whose goal is to encourage Police Officers to begin training Jiu Jitsu by demonstrating the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in Law Enforcement. Jason is a Co-Founder of the Invictus Movement.

Ari Knazan

Ari Knazan co-founded Invictus with Jason Rebsch in an effort to educate police officers and departments on the importance of Jiu Jitsu for law enforcement personnel. Ari has over 30 years experience in the martial arts and is a 1st degree black belt under Keith Owen (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and a 5th degree Black Belt under Steve Hiscoe (Japanese Jiu Jitsu), both which Ari credits to saving his life on a number of occasions.  In addition to being a proud member of his city’s police force, he also operates a full time Jiu Jitsu academy and several online businesses which all revolve around personal safety, combative training and tactical awareness. Ari also is the host of Torvus Podcast, which aims at exploring the lighter side of life.