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IJJF / EJJU International Affiliation

This webpage is presented courtesy of information and verifiable documentation presented by the International JuJitsu Federation* and European JuJitsu Union** whose internationally recognized logos are presented below:

The International JuJitsu Federation was founded by Alfred Hasemeier and Vernon C.F. Bell in 1968, with the assistance of Hanshi Suzuki Masafumi. The IJJF selected the American Ju-Jitsu Association, a non-profit national amateur athletic association, to be its sole representative of both the North & South American continents in 1982, as one of the six branches of which the IJJF consists. It's European arm, the European JuJitsu Union, also founded by Hasemeier and Bell, considers the AJA to be its representative as well. The International JuJitsu Federation is recognized as an international governing body for Ju-jitsu by the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education [ICSSPE] and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO].

According to the Yearbook of International Organizations, the IJJF functions "as the world parent organization of all styles of Japanese martial art of jujitsu, provide training of the original ancient styles of Japanese jujitsu, including self-defense without weapons, cultivate the mental values of Japan, including the Buddhist background; carry out scientific investigations of the physical and spiritual aspects of jujitsu."

IJJF/EJJU Timeline:
1968: EJJU formally founded on December 15, 1968 by Alfred Hasemeier and Vernon C.F. Bell.
 
1968: Nippon Seibukan, Kyoto, Japan, founded August 4, 1968 by Suzuki Masafumi
  Suzuki was also the founder/president of the IJJF.
  IJJF established as the Nippon Seibukan department representing jujitsu.
 
1968: IJJF formally founded by Alfred Hasemeier and Vernon C.F. Bell in association with the European EJJU and Nippon Seibukan, Kyoto, Japan, with Hanshi Masafumi as one of several vice-presidents of the newly formed IJJF.
 
1973: IJJF formally established under the Nippon Seibukan Academy, Kyoto, Japan, as the International Jujitsu Federation - All Japan Budo Federation.
 
1981: IJJF applies for UNESCO/ICSSPE membership on November 18, 1981.
  UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  ICSSPE: International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education.
 
1984: IJJF secures ICSSPE membership and UNESCO recognition as a Class-B Member.
  EJJU recognition is included by reference as a part of the IJJF's request
 
1994: IJJF/EJJU establishes presence in the Yearbook of International Organizations.

*The International JuJitsu Federation [IJJF] is not to be confused with the Ju-Jitsu International Federation, founded in 1987, which is represented by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation in the United States. It was originally called the International Ju-Jitsu Federation until 1998. The International JuJitsu Federation [IJJF] may be contacted at office@ijjf.org

** The European JuJitsu Union [EJJU] is not to be confused with the European Ju-Jitsu Union, founded in 1977, which is represented by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation in the United States. It was originally called the European Ju-Jitsu Federation until 1987. The European JuJitsu Union [EJJU] may be contacted at office@ejju.org


 
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