During the past several
years, the USJJF has presented
several POST certified 40 Hr. Defensive Tactics Instructors Courses.
Many officers from several different agencies and states have
received their certification and some others have received advanced
certification. The USMAF (or USJJF) presents four blocks of
certified instruction from the main training track, including Kata.
Martial artists and officers from around the country have attended,
accumulating valuable skills and credits toward their certifications
and rank validation.
The purpose of Taiho Jutsu
is to encourage (motivate) front line officers to pursue the
perfection of the skills necessary in their profession. Many
administrators are satisfied with just a few hours of training each
year in the techniques that are the most valuable to officer safety.
This is the biggest
misnomer that we as instructors have to deal with. In a potential
deadly force incident an officers skills must be flawless to
affect the successful apprehension of the offender in a safe manner
not only to themselves but also to their partners who are
relying on them.
(legitimate to a certain extent) is a career ending injury while off
duty in a typical martial arts class.
job is to provide officers with a SAFE
PRACTICING So they may want to
step is to teach effective techniques that are very simple to learn
and consistent with their present departmentally approved
procedures. Most importantly the techniques must be simple to
apply by an officer that weighs just 120 pounds and has never been
in a fistfight before in his/her life. The next step is to provide
them with a safe method of ongoing training that will encourage
them to continue their practice on at least weekly bases.
Based on that criteria we
are employing an instructor-training program we feel will accomplish
To satisfy the simplicity
criteria we are teaching techniques that incorporate as few Psycho
Motor Skills as possible to apply; takedowns, handcuffing, search,
weaponless self defense and weapons defense.
The new aspect about this
approach is that they are techniques that come naturally (not
usually taught) Plus
The way we are teaching
satisfy the safe continuous practice we are offering six
(6) kata (Taiho Jutsu No Kata Shodan thru Rokudan). These begin with
an Assaultive subject then de-escalate to restraining the offender.
They incorporate the entire spectrum of general standing and prone
escapable situations along with many control and incapacitating
These kata are not professed
to be ancient forms or are they something that was just thrown
together. They have taken 14 consecutive years of development. LEOs
have used the specific techniques in the kata on the street for many
years. They are tested and designed for their simplicity and
applicability for the front line officer who wants to increase
his/her repertoire of defensive tactics techniques that are
compatible with most existing department policies.
The USJJF has formulated two
distinct paths in which a Taiho Jutsu-ka can develop his/her skills
and move up in rank.
The first is for working law
enforcement officers who have a desire to become DT instructors and
existing DT instructors who desire positions as local, state,
regional, and national directors.
second is a Jujitsu ka who wants to get into law enforcement
training or develop his/her existing skills for actual street
applications that are consistent with the range response to force
continuum. Instructors who desire positions described above.
The USJJF has implemented
complete rank and certification requirements
including manuals, workbooks and a (generic use of force)
goal is to offer USJJF seminars at least once a month at various
locations around the country. Sworn officers and instructors may
accumulate at least (8) hrs. of the 40 plus hrs required for
certification. On occasion the 40 hr. course will be offered. If you
would like to sponsor a seminar please contact:
Phone at 775-750-5678
USJJF PSDI Taiho Jutsu program
For Information on Available
- A Historical Perspective -
What is the
difference between the techniques in Taiho Jutsu and
Ju-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo, Chin-NA, Harwangdo, Karate, Kung-Fu,
Tae kwon do, DimMak, Kyusho Jitsu, Etc.Etc.? NOTHING!!
What is the difference in the
application of techniques between them? EVERYTHING!!
Ju-Jitsu; the gentle art, Judo;
the gentle way, Aikido; the spiritual way, Karate; the
empty hand. Old Karate; the China hand, Kempo (kenpo);
the The Fist. It wasnt until 1936 that karate was called
anything else but The Hand it was around 1920 that Gichin
Funakoshi changed the Kangi to Empty Hand however most
everyone called it The Hand, they just said it in different
languages. The main reason people changed the application
(approach) of the art is because the LAW CHANGED! It all
basically started with BodiDarma C.527 when he brought from
India to the shaolin temple a method of physical conditioning
for intensive meditation. About the closest thing we could
call it today is Qi gong (chi kung etc.etc.). Without getting
into an in-depth historical dissertation (maybe later), the
shaolin monks over many years developed this training into an
effective martial art when they became the Police Forceor
Commandos for whichever War Lord needed their services. At
some time during this developmental period a monk traveled to
a temple in Japan and Wola!, the beginnings of todays
Jujitsu. Then the LAW CHANGED in China! The War Lords felt
the shaolin monks were getting out of control. They had to
change their training methods to disguise the application or
approach of the techniques so they wouldnt get in trouble. A
few hundred years ago in Japan and Okinawa the LAW CHANGED and
the Okinawans had the same problem. Then again in 1868 the law
changed and Jujitsu in Japan had to change. This set the stage
for the birth of Aikido and Judo. They used the excuse that it
was spiritual or sport so it would be acceptable to THE LAW.
In Okinawa karate was changed, they used the excuse that it
would benefit the health of the kids in middle school and it
was the law Itosu sensei a police chief who did it. The
police however pretty much had a free hand in the techniques
they used clear up into and through the 1970s. My father was
a deputy sheriff in Riverside County California in the 1930s.
He told me they would shoot the bloated bodies to let the gas
out of hobos who had fallen off the train. Can you imagine
that happening today! Until 1989, if you were a demonstrator
you could legally get your head busted by police riot baton
for not getting off the street. It was not until the 1989 case
Graham v Conners USSC that many law enforcement agencies
even had a procedure manual for the use of force. The
Japanese, however in 1947, were actually identifying to their
officers specific techniques that were documented in a manual,
Taiho Jutsu. Taiho Jutsu, can be used as an international
name for Continuous Police Defensive Tactics. Taiho Jutsu is
a constantly changing art as THE LAW constantly changes. The
arrest procedures will change with the laws however the self
defense techniques that have proven effective over the
centuries may remain a constant as long as we slide them up
and down the use of force continuum as the LAW CHANGES.
big difference between Taiho Jutsu and the other arts
are how you teach it to law
enforcement. Skills must be executed: