An Garda Síochána has called on experts to teach Gardaí the same martial art used by Japanese police
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Members of An Garda Síochána are set to be trained in the Japanese martial art of taiho-jutsu as experts have been called upon to provide training.
The Journal reports this morning that Gardaí have posted on their eTenders page, requesting the expertise of taiho-jutsu practitioners in training Garda instructors in the self-defence system that is utilised by Japanese police.
"An Garda Síochana invites tenders to tender for the Provision of Instructor Level & Train the Trainer Training in Taiho Jutsu or Equivalent Police Self Defence Safety Training," it reads.
Gardaí are currently trained in grappling and self-defence techniques that were developed from Judo, although it's hoped to introduce some taiho-jutsu fundamentals to assist officers in apprehending dangerous criminals who are resisting arrest.
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Taiho-jutsu, which roughly translates to 'arresting art', is a martial arts system developed by Japan's police force to disarm and arrest dangerous criminals.
Many of the techniques taught in taiho-jutsu would be familiar to practitioners of jujutsu and kenjutsu, as it places emphasis on non-lethal grappling and leverage manoeuvres to demobilise armed individuals.
The basic concept of taiho-jutsu was first born in the mid-1900s, when Japanese police officers were taught the very specific form of martial arts; which includes grappling, non-lethal striking and use of batons.
In the years since, police officers in the United States and United Kingdom have adopted techniques taught in taiho-jutsu.
The move comes after a report in the summer which revealed that the use of force by Gardaí increased in June.
The Commissioner's report to the Policing Authority revealed that there were 1,149 uses of force by Gardaí in June. August's figures have not yet been published.
Among the uses of force by Gardaí in June were 118 incidents involving batons or incapacitant sprays. Pepper spray accounted for 95 of those uses of force in June, with batons being used 22 times and a non-lethal firearm used once.
Gardaí must report every time they use force during an incident, this includes putting a hand on someone or applying handcuffs.
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