I trained long distance in Ft Lauderdale with the Popovitch crew from 1997 until the end of 2001. To my knowledge, there wasn't anyone in town training except some muscle heads at Gold's Gym. I don't think any of them were cops.
I trained at the Florida Karate Center until the end of 2002 when we had a Nova Uniao Black Belt (Marcelinho Pereira) in town. When he left, I took over teaching. We had some big guys there as well but most of them wanted to train no gi and fight in the cage. They ended up going with Crafton's class.
We are a totally different group and I am happy to say that when good BJJ players come to town, they seem to end up training with us. Not bad for no advertising.