Lieutenant Todd Hines

I have been in Law Enforcement for twenty seven years.  On numerous occasions I’ve had to struggle with violent offenders during the course of my employment.  To give myself an advantage on the street, I began training in martial arts more than thirty years ago and I’ve studied many different arts over the course of my life.  I have a black belt in Okinawan Kempo and have held a high rank in Shotokan Karate, Muay Thai, and boxed for several years on an amateur boxing team.  In the late 90’s, I started learning the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu.


Around the same time I began learning this interesting and useful art, Geoff Balme moved to the area and I chose him as my instructor.  I can’t say how satisfied I’ve been learning from Geoff.  He has a vast catalogue of useful techniques that have made me competent in almost every position I find myself in during a fight.  Not only is Geoff knowledgeable, he’s an outstanding teacher who takes the time to tailor workouts to your strengths and weaknesses, thereby allowing students to develop an individual style while learning basic and advanced techniques.  He is likeable a dedicated to his students.


On several occasions I’ve been involved in struggles that, were it not for my training, could have been life-or-death incidents. Jiujitsu has allowed me to control combatants without having to result to deadly force, something I’ve never wanted to use.  On more than one occasion, techniques Geoff taught me have most likely saved my life.  I cannot recommend an instructor more highly than I do Geoff Balme, especially for those in careers where the likelihood of violence is high.


Todd Hines, Lieutenant

Raleigh Police Department