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Technical excellence in martial arts training is one of the International Taiho Jutsu Federation (ITJF) and International Taiho Jutsu Federation’s (ITJF) top priorities. As leaders in the martial arts, it is our sacred responsibility to ensure that all of our students receive the best possible “Mentoring” both in technique and philosophy of the martial arts.

Martial arts training is the cornerstone of knowledge and the basis for credible self-defense skill and the perfection of human character. Training in a comprehensive taxonomy of Taiho Jutsu skills is the “Key” by which the ITJF’s members develop their martial art proficiency and exercise the collective capabilities required in self-defense or police science. Martial art training builds character development and, when necessary, prepares the Taiho Jutsuka to “win” if or when confrontation (or combat) cannot be avoided. Additionally, when confronted with a perpetrator, it is often necessary to face potential deadly force with an effective and non-lethal alternative.

While Senior Yudansha determine the direction and goals of training, it is the dojo Sensei (and assistant Sensei) who ensure that every training activity or class is well planned and rigorously conducted. These Rank Requirements are designed to guide and assist the Sensei to accomplish his or her goals in teaching the International Taiho Jutsu system.

The International Taiho Jutsu Rank System is divided into sixteen separate divisions of training to include:
1. Posture, Stances and Breakfalls Tachi Waza and Ukemi
2. Body Movement Tai sabaki Waza, Kuzushi
3. Striking Techniques Ate Waza
4. Kicking Techniques Geri Waza
5. Blocking Techniques Uke Waza
6. Vital Point Techniques and Pressure Points Atemi Waza
7. Joint Locking Techniques Kansetsu Waza
8. Counter Techniques Gyaku Waza
9. Strangulation Techniques Shime Waza
10. Holding Techniques Osae Waza
11. Arresting Techniques Taiho Waza
12 .Defense Against Weapons Bogyo Senjutsu
13. Throwing Techniques Nage Waza
14. Self-defense Techniques:
counters, escapes, avoidance
Kaeshi, Fesegi, Furimi
15. Use of Specialized Weapons keii, handcuffs, plastic ties
16. Special Considerations Defense against the gun, knife, and the club

The International Taiho Jutsu International Federation (ITJF), has established the training and doctrine and guidance. The Dojo Sensei should apply these guidelines and assist the ITJF International Taiho Jutsu Training. These International Taiho Jutsu Rank Requirements provide the training and promotion guidelines for ITJF Sensei and students in the areas of martial art history, traditions, techniques, strategy, and terminology. From these Rank Requirements, the ITJF will formulate and publish a comprehensive training manual and videos for the art of Taiho Jutsu.

Our duty as ITJF Leaders is to provide challenging and realistic Martial Arts training for all of our members. The National Federation will do its part, and I encourage all International Taiho Jutsu Sensei to study, understand, and teach the techniques, as well as the Budo Philosophy presented in this manual and on the ITJF Official Website. Sensei at every level must redouble their commitment to accurate and comprehensive International Taiho Jutsu Training, remembering that Technical Excellence is a “Top Priority” in the International Taiho Jutsu Federation.