Taihojutsu, Japanese police martial arts 逮捕術、日本警察の武道

  • Published on : 26/07/2018
  • by : S.R.
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The art of arrest


Japan is known for its martial arts around the world. One would expect the country's police to apply these martial arts in their policing mission. However, the particular imperatives of the peacekeepers - to master without hurting - led to the creation of a particular martial art, taihojutsu .



A modern martial art


With the advent of the Meiji era in 1868 came the end of the feudal system and the suppression of the samurai caste . These last disappeared, it was necessary to create a new force intended for the maintenance of order . The police was thus created. Her action being different from that of soldiers armed with sabers, she had to develop a martial practice to respond to the civil problems she encountered . Thus, the knowledge of masters of different martial arts was pooled within committees, and gave birth in the 1930s to a new modern practice, which corresponded to the martial arts .



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Aikido immobilization technique

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A complete martial art


Taihojutsu incorporates the techniques of wrist control, arm control, posture and immobilization traditionally found in aikido , judo and jūjutsu . Strike techniques from karate and nihon kenpô are also learned, in order to be able to face more violent situations. Taihojutsu being the martial art of the police but also of the anti-riot forces, kidotai , it also includes techniques using the keibo , or short stick.


The objective of taihojutsu being the smooth apprehension of an individual, it must provide its practitioner with a


Japanese riot forces, kidotai, during the G8 summit in 2008.


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