During the Edo period, Japanese police officers trained in self-defense and arresting techniques based on the unarmed fighting styles of jujutsu. They also developed and perfected the use of a variety of non-lethal weapons for capturing and restraining suspects.

Many traditional Japanese martial arts schools once included elements of taiho jutsu (arresting arts), although most have since been lost to history. A number of taiho jutsu techniques have survived, though, and are still taught and practiced in their original forms by specialists in jujutsu as well as kenjutsu and iaido (swordsmanship).

Some taiho jutsu techniques have been adopted and modified for more contemporary law enforcement applications. Based on martial art styles from the Japanese feudal era, modern forms of taiho jutsu are frequently an essential part of training programs for many police agencies today. Law enforcement officers in countries around the world often rely on modern taiho jutsu to safely arrest and detain suspects.

Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu is dedicated to researching, preserving, and disseminating information about traditional Japanese arresting arts and implements.

Members include a diverse group of martial arts enthusiasts with interests ranging from traditional Japanese styles to modern law enforcement arresting techniques.

All martial arts practitioners, instructors, students, and scholars interested in studying taiho jutsu are welcome. Please enjoy your visit.



Don Cunningham 03.07.1953 - 11.28.2014


The Cunningham family is sad to announce the passing of Dr. Don "Doc" Cunningham at 7:00pm on Friday, November 28, 2014. He was surrounded by his dear wife, Lynn; son, Cory; daughter-in-law Sonia; and sister,Caroline. He is also survived by daughter, Sarah; grand-daughter Eliyana; sisters Pat and Mariam; brother Michael; and brother-in-law Wayne.