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Wednesday, 07/23/2014, 08:18 am

Did Police “Choke” NY Man to Death? – Gracie Breakdown (Viewer Discretion Advised)

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner (6′ 4″ – 350 lbs) died immediately after an altercation with officers of the New York Police Department regarding the selling of un-taxed cigarettes. The incident was caught on video, and during the altercation one of the officers applied a neck restraint to control Mr. Garner and get him to the ground. Although the mainstream media has clung onto the idea that the “choke-hold” is what caused my Garner’s death, Ryron and Rener offer their own opinions on the incident based on their experience as life-long jiu-jitsu practitioners and lead defensive tactics instructors of the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) program for law enforcement. The Gracie brothers also discuss the challenges that arise when arresting subjects with pre-existing medical conditions and demonstrate some of the GST techniques that enable officers to control and arrest unruly subjects with the least amount of force possible.

In the video Rener references the findings of many studies on the use of the Vascular Neck Restraint in law enforcement, and here is the most in-depth studies on the subject conducted by the Canadian Police Research Center…

If you’re interested, here is another important study by the Force Science Institute regarding the relative risk of injury to the officers surrounding the top five force options: the…

In the wake of this unfortunate incident, Ryron and Rener are formally inviting any NYPD Defensive Tactics Training Staff Coordinators to participate in any Gracie Survival Tactics 5-day Instructor Certification Course in 2014 for free. If you qualify for this opportunity, simply contact the Gracie Academy at and we’ll sort out the details.


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