Chuck Rylant is a BJJ purple belt and former police officer who now teaches Jiu-Jitsu to police officers throughout California. He began his training with the Gracies in the “Gracie Garage Days”. He is also an author and blogger. Click “Read More” for show notes!


  • How being a police officer lead him to Jiu-Jitsu in the 90’s
  • Training with the Gracies in the “Garage Days” in Torrance, CA
  • Learning from Royce Gracie
  • Eventually learning from Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller and Lance Glynn
  • The Mario Sperry tapes
  • The early days of Paragon Jiu-Jitsu
  • Teaching Jiu-Jitsu to Police / Excessive force laws
  • The lack of effective hand to hand training Police officers are receiving across the U.S.
  • Does poor Police self defense training = Increased number of shootings?
  • Dealing with ego issues and poor confidence when teaching
  • Fundamental techniques for Police
  • Addressing the reality that criminals are comfortable with a life of violence while most Police officers are not
  • Similarities between bouncing/security and police work
  • Placing cadets under pressure and instilling the desire to train
  • A comparison between international “militarized” police and U.S. Police
  • Police Jiu-Jitsu success stories from the street
  • Keeping a cool head when dealing with an altercation
  • The biggest differences in Jiu-Jitsu between the early 90’s and now
  • Chuck’s Book
  • Jiu-Jitsu being his life’s constant
  • Jiu-Jitsu being the most honest thing in his life
  • The therapeutic benefits of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Lessons he has learned from interviewing Black Belts for his book
  • His greatest life lesson from Jiu-Jitsu