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P1 First Person: Historical training method for modern law enforcement

By Josh Capilouto
Los Angeles Police Department

The elite warriors of old Japan, the samurai, were legendary for their fighting prowess and dedication to their profession. The samurai existed for hundreds of years as civil war and battle raged throughout the islands of Japan; an extensive period of warfare in which a large body of warrior skills and knowledge was developed and honed. Imparting this vast amount of information to samurai-in-training required efficient and regimented training methods, many of which were preserved and maintained within the older Japanese martial art traditions that continue to be studied today.

One such method was the Bugei Juhappan, a set of 18 categories of martial skills and knowledge that was considered foundational to the training of samurai warriors.

The specific categories that comprised the Bugei Juhappan changed throughout history in response to a number of factors such as a change in the samurai “job description,” changes in weaponry and tactics, and continual developments in strategy or scientific knowledge. For example, the study of archery was gradually supplanted by the study of the musket as firearms were first introduced into Japanese warfare then became more prevalent in combat.

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