P1 First Person: Historical training method for modern law enforcement
By PoliceOne Member 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.