Organization

Members may contribute to the administration of Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu through election or appointment to advisory positions associated with various echelons of the Tokugawa shōgunate (feudal Japanese civil government. By participation on these select advisory boards, members serve as both councilors and supervisors at various levels within Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu.

The chart below illustrates Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu organizational structure. (Further details regarding the various rank or grade levels are presented in ranking system)

 

 

Rōju (Senior Council)

Several senior councilors made all major policy decisions in the Tokugawa shōgunate. This council of elders was called the Rōju. Within Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu, the Rōju (senior council) is composed of regional representatives. The members of the Rōju serve as advisors to the director regarding major policy decisions and general oversight of the organization.

The senior council members are responsible for general administration within their respective regions. The senior council members review and approve individual school affiliations as well as rank promotions and position appointments of dojo instructors within their respective regions.  The senior council members also coordinate sanctioned training seminars involving more than one dojo.

Senior council members hold rank of Machi-bugyō (Commissioner). They have authority to grade members to the rank of Yoriki (Lieutenant) and make appointments to the Waka-doshiyori. The Rōju is also responsible for final resolution of any concerns or grievances should the Waka-doshiyori be unable to reach a consensus.

 

Waka-doshiyori (Junior Council)

A council of younger elders, called the Waka-doshiyori, supervised major administrative issues in the Tokugawa shōgunate. Within Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu, the Waka-doshiyori (junior council) is comprised of senior members appointed by their respective regional representatives. Junior council members serve as advisors to the Rōju and the director.

As general supervisors at the regional level, the Waka-doshiyori are typically senior dōjō instructors, although the regional representative may appoint any member within their region who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities. Members of the Waka-doshiyori are responsible for resolution of any concerns or grievances brought before the council by individual members. Junior council members must hold minimum rank of Dōshin (Officer), with grade of Yoriki (Lieutenant), preferred.

 

Hyojoshō  (Senior Instructors)

The Hyojoshō were a select group of high-ranking samurai officials who supervised major government administrative offices for the Tokugawa shōgunate. Within Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu, the Hyojoshō are senior instructors of individual martial arts dōjō with administrative responsibilities.

Senior instructors are responsible for establishing Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu technical standards within their respective dōjō. The senior instructor must hold rank of Dōshin (Officer), with grade of Yoriki (Lieutenant) preferred. Assistant dōjō instructors, if any, hold rank of Dōshin (Officer) or Komono (Adjutant). Senior instructors have authority to promote dōjō members to the grades of Okappiki (Sergeant) and Komono (Adjutant). Senior instructors holding the rank of Yoriki (Lieutenant) may also recommend dōjō members for promotion to Dōshin (Officer) rank subject to the review and approval of their respective regional representative.