Please see history page for a detailed account of our origins.


 Taiho-Jutsu or 'arresting art' is an ideal martial art for anybody who wishes to feel more confident and more able to protect themselves from possible threats.

Although originating from an older system called Yaku Kobujutsu, TAIHO JUTSU or 'Arresting Art' was born in 1947 after a review by the Japanese Police who were responsible for the first official manual.

In 1973 TAIHO JUTSU was introduced to the United Kingdom by the late Brian EUSTACE Sensei, when he was asked to review the self defence system for the British police officers. It 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. The British police also tried to move away from unarmed control and restraint, favouring the use of incapacitant sprays, rigid handcuffs and batons (both the side handled and extendible ASP types). It's recognised however that unarmed restrain methods will always be needed and the current officer protection manual for UK police officers still includes the same methods of control and restraint that Sensei Eustace had at the heart of Taiho Jutsu.

Taiho Jutsu had developed a significant following amongst practioners within the police and the British Taiho-Jutsu Asssociation 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 2012

The objectives of the association are;

To encourage and promote the practise of Taiho-Jutsu and to disseminate knowledge and information thereto.
To organise and establish a coaching and promotion structure and to maintain a register of Dan grades, coaches and examiners.
Maintain a recognised standard of ethical behaviour and conduct of the members of the association.

The patron of the British Taiho Jutsu Association is Dr Jason Eustace.



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