1 Adopt A Cop


  • Unlimited Classes
  • 3 Mornings/ Week
  • 5 Nights/ Week
  • 1 Open Mat

Subsequent Officers


  • Unlimited Classes
  • 3 Mornings/ Week
  • 5 Nights/ Week
  • 1 Open Mat
  • *Paid for by Adopt A Cop BJJ

Our Mission

To address critical gaps in the department-funded training of front line police officers by partnering with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms across the country to provide free or reduced rate memberships to police officers. Officers are sponsored until they achieve the rank of blue belt, which typically takes 12-18 months.

Police officers often find themselves in volatile situations which can quickly turn deadly. In these combative situations, being the more skilled grappler allows the officer a greater amount of control over the situation, which decreases the likelihood of injury or death for both officer and suspect.

Being a police officer is one of the most selfless, dangerous, and important jobs in our world today. Investing in our officers is an investment in our communities. Adopt A Cop BJJ aims to create a more resilient and more effective police force, improve police relations around our country, and ultimately reduce the incidence of police-involved shootings and deaths.

How it Started

Adopt A Cop BJJ was founded in 2020, after a slew of highly publicized police-involved shootings. Founder Mitch Aguiar is a professional mixed martial artist and former head combatives instructor for the Navy SEALs. As many began calling to ‘Defund the Police’, Mitch knew that would only serve to exacerbate the problem. He believes that what our police officers really need is more and better training, and Adopt A Cop BJJ was created to help fulfill this unmet need.

Police officers receive minimal instruction or practice in managing physically volatile situations. Often the only training they receive is at the Academy, and a once-per-year defense class. An officer who has the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively control a combative situation will feel more confident in their abilities on the job, and are subsequently less likely to resort to lethal force in fear for their own safety during a volatile interaction. A more highly trained force will result in better outcomes for both officers and suspects.

How It Works

Officers interested in the program submit an application to Adopt A Cop BJJ. We contact the BJJ academy of their choice in their community to determine if the gym will become an affiliate location. Affiliate academies agree to literally ‘Adopt A Cop’ by allowing one (1) police officer to train for free, and subsequent officers to train at a reduced membership fee of $50/month, which is paid for by Adopt A Cop BJJ.

Sponsorship is attendance-based and officers must train at least once per week. Officers are expected to ‘check-in’ by posting once weekly to Instagram using the hashtag #adoptacopbjj. An officer is sponsored until they reach the rank of blue belt, which is the second belt in jiu-jitsu and typically takes 12-18 months to earn.

Our Students Like Us

We believe that the practice of Jiu Jitsu is seen as a means to individual development and personal growth. Strength, self-awareness, confidence, respect, discipline and responsibility are common core values taught within our adult and kid’s programs.

positive review Everything about it, top to bottom. A school that has blossomed in the last year in many ways. Clean facilities, huge mat space, 2 ages of kids’ classes, large inventory of merchandise on site, sponsorships with local vendors, drop ins from UFC fighters, and most importantly a large group of older Moms and Dads that routinely find time to set the example for their children by grinding with savages after a long day at the office.
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Michael C.
positive review City of Palms is all around amazing.

This gym not only provides valuable training, but everyone at the gym (including students) are so welcoming to new people that join. They constantly support one another. The culture of the school is strong and healthy.

The gym is always clean, professor Brock is kind and incredibly respectful towards his students and the parents. Front desk ladies always welcome people with a smile.

They support local cops (adopt a cop program) helping them prepare for any issues they may encounter in the streets while they’re protecting citizens.

They have amazing merchandise! Flow N Roll gear is great quality, and affordable.

My whole family trains here, including myself and I honestly wouldn’t want to ever train anywhere else in the area.
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Celeste P.
positive review Gages first class tonight!! what a neat experience he loved it! Very cool place and good vibes 👏
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Paige G.
positive review I have been to a few other BJJ places in South West Florida, but I love the atmosphere and interaction with the community that City of Palms has. The classes are about teaching and learning, not a free for all fight. Watching the kids classes and seeing them grow, along with the adults is amazing.
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