With the opening of his martial arts school on Jan. 4, Grove City resident Dave Freetage can begin teaching to others some of the skills he uses as a police officer.

With the opening of his martial arts school on Jan. 4, Grove City resident Dave Freetage can begin teaching to others some of the skills he uses as a police officer.

Freetage, an officer with the city of Columbus for nine years, recently opened Grove City Jiu-Jitsu to teach Brazilian jujitsu wrestling and muay thai kickboxing. Freetage has 18 years of experience in both techniques.

"It's my passion," he said.

As a patrol officer, Freetage has taught officers in a boxing and ground defense program for the past seven years. He wanted to give police officers more opportunity to train while sharing his knowledge with the public. He has taught at gyms; this is his first business.

"Grove City really doesn't have anything like what we have," he said.

Freetage plans to lease the building at 4376 Broadway. He will teach youth and adult programs with three fellow police officers.

"I've had a great response," he said. So far, about 40 students have signed up. Youth packages start as low as $30 per month and the most expensive adult package is $70 per month.

"The techniques are useful and easy to do," Freetage said.

He said it usually takes about six months to learn the basics of Muay Thai and 12 to 18 months to learn the basics of jujitsu.

Jujitsu focuses on taking an attacker to the ground with locks or chokes that result in immobility. The skills have been beneficial in Freetage's profession, allowing him to avoid using a weapon or even striking a person.

Freetage said he has been assaulted in his career four different times. Each time, he used what he knew and was never injured, he said.

"You don't get hurt; they really don't get hurt," he said.

For more information, visit grovecityjiujitsu.com.