Detective Rob Magao has 20 years experience as a police officer (17 years on SWAT) and has worked in patrol, street crimes, the detective division and internal affairs. Detective Magao is currently assigned to a Special Investigations Unit responsible for investigating long term Vice/Narcotic related cases.

Det. Magao is a founding member of the Connecticut SWAT Challenge and was responsible for developing/organizing the physical fitness challenge for 10 years. The PT Challenge is the flagship event of the CT SWAT Challenge. He has also competed in the CT SWAT Challenge and World SWAT Challenge in Little Rock Arkansas.

Detective Magao is a first degree black belt in the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System and is a lead instructor in the L.O.C.K.U.P.® System. He also holds instructor certifications in firearms, handcuffing, baton, Soulis Shooting CQ firearms certification, dignitary protection, Crossfit and Simunitions – force on force.

Detective Magao also attended and completed the prestigious Direct Action Resource Center (DARC) Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Course.  Detective Magao has trained thousands of police officers in L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat and Police ground fighting courses both domestically and internationally.

Detective Magao was personally selected by Lt. Dillon as the lead instructor and developer for the ground fighting component of the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System. Presently courses are offered in three or five day formats. The ground fighting techniques and philosophies are specifically designed for the needs of the law enforcement officer in a ground fighting situation and not for a grappling match.

Detective Magao has over 27 years of martial arts experience and holds the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in Gracie          Jiu-Jitsu under legendary 8th degree Red/Black Belt Master Pedro Sauer. Detective Magao also holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Nihon Jujutsu (US Judo Association) and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate.   

Detective Magao owns and operates the Bushido Jiu-jitsu Academy ( and CrossFit Thin Blue Line in Manchester, CT.