Taiho Jutsu has its roots in Japanese history, originally known as Yawara then later as Jui-Jutsu and now the special art of Taiho Jutsu.
Yawara or Jui Jitsu is thought to be of pre-Christian, Chinese origin and moved to Japan hundreds of years ago. It was one of the many ancient Japanese fighting arts.
As Japan entered into the final stages of the 19th century, in a Buddhist temple called Yeishoji, a man named Dr Jigaro Kano developed a new art from the techniques of Jui Justu. He removed the striking techniques and most of the deadly applications coming up with an art called Kano Jui Jutsu ( now known as JUDO ).
Dr Kano challenged the head instructor of the Japanese Police. This was the first contest between the old style Jui-Justu and the new Kano Jui-Jutsu. Dr Kano ( who was also an Aiki-jutsu master ) defeated the Jui-Jutsu master . From then on the upper classes, royalty and Japanese government adopted the Kano Jui-Jitsu style. A new era had started in Japanese martial arts, Kano Jui-Jitsu was now the art of choice. .
As the art was applied in daily life goverment officers came to realize that, although Kano Jui-Jutsu was very effective, it did not have the arrest or restraint techniques needed for day to day law enforcement. The training programme was re-written to include some of the hand and foot techniques of the old Jui-Jutsu Ryus (styles) and the grappling and throws from Judo, this style was called TAIHO-JUTSU. This art remains the backbone of many countries police or national defense Forces UDT ( Unarmed Defence Tactics ) training.
In 1973 TAIHO-JUTSU was introduced to the United Kingdom by the late Sensei BRIAN EUSTACE, who was a Police sergeant in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
Sergeant Eustace was asked to review the self defence system for the British police officers. Taiho-Jutsu soon became the standard system of self defence and was taught across the country to all recruits.
In 1996 the British Police moved away from Taiho-Jutsu in favour of a very simplified system of officer protection, which did not require regular training or practice to maintain any proficiency.
Taiho-Jutsu had developed a significant following amongst practioners within the police and the BTJA was founded in 1996 to provide an official association to which Taiho-Jutsu clubs could become affiliated, creating a focal point for individuals and clubs around the UK independant of the police. Brian Eustace led the BTJA as the foremost exponent of Taiho-Jutsu in the UK, right up to his passing in 2012u to the U.K from Japan where it has been used under various names for centuries by law enforcement officials. In
In 1993 Hanshi Andy McCormack, founded the The original West Midlands Police Taiho-Jutsu Club at the Tally Ho police training centre in Birmingham. He was joined by a police PTI named Phil Collins.
The West Midlands Taiho-Jutsu club moved itself from the secure setting of Tally-Ho Police training Centre in Birmingham to a council leisure centre in Birmingham where it became one of the first sites to take on civilians and train them in the art.
It continued under the British Taiho-Jutsu Association banner with Sensei Brian Eustace 10th Dan until it merged with the British Aikido Association and became part of the the B.A.A in mid 2008.
As the BTJA progressed under the B.A.A, Kyoshi Paul Lane became disillusioned with the way the style was being changing and started up on his own forming GTJ Martial Arts (Goshin Taiho-Jutsu / Self Defensive Arresting art).
With MAAS (Martial Arts All Styles), the club and style grew and developed. With it's varied kicks and punches as well as joint locking techniques and judo kata's it formed a strong syllabus to enable people to feel more confident on the streets of the modern day U.K.
In 2010 Hanshi McCormack also moved away from the BAA & BTJA and set up the UKTJA (United KIngdom Taiho Jutsu Association). GTJ Martial arts joined with the UKTJA and Kyoshi Paul Lane was appointed Association secretary.
In 2016 Both of the Birmingham Clubs Merged under the West Midlands Taiho-Jutsu banner giving the clubs a 23 year history and direct link back to our Soke Brian Eustace.
IMPORTANT MILE STONES:
Year 1973 - The introduction of Taiho Jutsu to the U.K by Sensei Brain Eustace 10th Dan
Year 1993 - The original west midlands police Taiho Jutsu club opens under the instruction of Andy McCormack 7th Dan
Year 2008 - The registration of Goshin Taiho Jutsu under MAAS
Year 2009 - International recognition from the ITC.
Year 2010 - The "United Kingdom Taiho Jutsu Association" is formed
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