Taiho Jutsu - A Relevant History

TAIHO JUTSU or Arresting Art was born in 1947 and an official manual produced. Since then the system has been subjected to a number of revisions by other Sensei which have taken into account the changing requirements of the police. Officers were taught to use a five foot staff called a JO and the KEIBO or police baton approximately fourteen inches long was introduced in a number of techniques called KEIBO SOHO. Then in 1966 the Japanese police adopted the use of an extending tubular baton called TOKUSHU KEIBO.

In 1973 TAIHO JUTSU was introduced to the United Kingdom by Sensei Brian EUSTACE, when he was asked to review the self defence system for the British police officers. Finding that officers only received tuition in unarmed combat moves at the start of their service, with no refresher courses, Eustace taught a series of Basic techniques that were to be practised regularly. The grades attained were recognised in Japan. These techniques were subject to the same revision process as its Japanese counterpart, which has resulted in a number of changes to the basic techniques as some fell in or out of favour with the authorities.

Today TAIHO JUTSU is used to describe a martial art that until recently was taught and practised almost exclusively by police officers. Officers who used its teachings and techniques to deal with real encounters, some potentially lethal, during their tours of duty tested its effectiveness on a day to day basis.

Finally TAIHO JUTSU remains a window into the past with its teachings still drawn from the KORYU, tried and tested on the battlefields of Japan centuries ago.

In 1990 The West Midlands Taiho Jutsu Club was introduced into the West Midlands Police Force by Sensei Andrew McCormack as part of the British Taiho Jutsu Association.

Throughout the years this art has been taught as an effective form of personal protection to various areas of the security industry.

In 2010 as part of a larger development of Physical Intervention techniques throughout the British Police Force and private security industry, Sensei Andrew McCormack Hachidan (8th Dan) developed The United Kingdom Taiho Jutsu Association which concentrates on the arresting art techniques.