Yakima police officers work to start Jiu-Jitsu program for kids

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Teaching Jiu-jitsu to kids who can't afford it: some Yakima police officers are trying to make it happen.

KIMA learned YPD's public housing officer recently formed a partnership with the instructor at Gracie Barra in West Valley.

Kids will get free lessons three times a week.

Student resource officers from local schools are also working to get teenagers involved.

"Idle hands are the devil's playground, I believe in that," said Yakima Police Officer Rey Garza. "You keep them busy, they can't get in trouble. But, with Jiu-jitsu, it's a sport that teaches discipline."

"Jiu-jitsu's not about just coming here and learning warm-up, learning moves in practice. It's more than that; it becomes a lifestyle," said Gracie Barra Head Instructor Cristiano Oliveira.

The Jiu-jitsu classes are expected to begin next month.

Call Officer Rey Garza at 509-6343 to sign up for the program.