International Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu Federation – ISJF

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The International Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu Federation  (ISJF) is
recognized as a world wide martial arts organization and is a member of the World Martial Arts Federation. The ISJF is a world leader in organizing and presenting the art of Jujitsu to the public.  The International Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu Federation is dedicated to
teaching its members and educating the public about the art of Japanese Jujitsu.


The Federation Offers:


·       Rank testing and grading

·       Instructor certification

·       Membership card and certificate

·       Individual and School memberships

·       Standardized Instruction

·       Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu seminars

·       Instructional videos

·       Professional Training Manual

·       Newsletter


The Federation was formed because of an overwhelming interest in the art of Jujitsu worldwide.  Much of the knowledge contained in this traditional style of Japan is still unknown to many serious martial artists. Therefore, the federation was formed to popularize Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu and to offer an organized curriculum and ranking system to those martial artists interested in developing skill in the arts of Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu of Japan.  This Federation was also established to preserve Jujitsu’s original combativeness and warrior spirit.  These are characteristics lacking in many other organizations.  The
Federation also seeks to foster certain martial virtues in its members
and cultivate a spirit upon which to build character, sincerity, perseverance and respect.


The ISJF has on its board of directors (In Memoriam) Grand Master Yuichi Kuda, 10th Dan (1928-1999), George W. Alexander, Hanshi 10th Dan – Chairman and the following directors: Joseph S. Marzilli, Hanshi 10th Dan, Masaru Shintani, Hanshi 9th Dan and Ken Penland, Hanshi 10h Dan. The ISJF has one of the most professional boards of directors representing its organization. These directors are all leading masters in the martial arts. They are recognized world wide for their technical skill and teaching abilities in the martial arts. These men serve as a resource of knowledge to help with the transmission of the true spirit of the art of Jujitsu.


I invite you to join with us in training and preserving the traditional martial art of Jujitsu.



George Alexander, Hanshi 10th Dan

President International Shorinji Ryu
Jujitsu Federation


Grand Master Ken Penland, Hanshi

10th Dan is an avid martial arts practitioner and enthusiast. He is the
Chairman and founder of the International Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu
Federation. He began studying martial arts as a boy in the 1950s. His
first instructor was his father who was a member of the U. S. Army and a black belt in both Karate and Judo. In 1962, Sensei Penland met Ed Parker and started training in Kempo Karate. About this same time he struck up a friendship with Harley S. Reagan and began training under his direction in Judo and Jujitsu. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was an Airborne Ranger serving in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. Later, in the mid 1970s Sensei Penland trained under Grand Master Fusei Kise in Kenshinkan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo. He eventually served as a regional director for this organization. He then became affiliated with Grand Master Yuichi Kuda of the Shorin Ryu Matsumura Kempo Karate Association and served as a director of this organization as well.  He has also been an advisor for many other martial arts organizations.  Currently, he is the Chairman of the International Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu Federation and a director of the International Shorin Ryu Karate Kobudo Federation.   


He has done extensive research on the martial arts and co-authored two books. The first is the Bubishi Martial Art Spirit and the second is the Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu training manual entitled Warrior Jujitsu. He has also been featured in a series of videotapes on Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu. Through his efforts in his martial arts career, he has attained the rank of Hanshi 10th Dan, the highest rank in Jujitsu and 9th Dan in Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo, 5th Dan in Kendo and 6th Dan in Judo. He is currently the chief martial arts instructor for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Jujitsu and defensive tactics dojo.

George Alexander Hanshi 9th Dan is the president of the International Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu Federation, began training in
Judo and Jujitsu in 1960. Later, in 1964 while serving in the United
States Marine Corps he began training in Shorin Ryu Karate. In 1967 he resumed his study of Judo and Jujitsu. His Marine Corps assignments enabled him to travel to the orient including mainland Japan, Okinawa and Southeast Asia. He quickly earned a reputation as a rugged fighter in the Marine Corps. During his career he trained with a host of noted masters. He made it a point of seeking out the best instructors. 
A decorated veteran, he served as a team leader with the US Marine’s 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in Vietnam.

In 1967 and 1968 while stationed at Dong Ha, Vietnam he led jungle teams which gathered intelligence information. These teams served as bait for enemy attacks. During that time he conducted numerous reconnaissance patrols around the demilitarized zone. Since then he has become a uniquely qualified and popular instructor with international teaching credentials and experience. He has traveled widely to spread the teachings of the martial arts.

George Alexander earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in 1979 and did graduate work in Asian history at the same university under Dr. Tsung I. Dow. Later, he received his Ph.D. degree from Pacific Western University in political science. He received his master’s certificate and teaching credentials in Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo in 1983 from the All Okinawa Karate Kobudo Association. He is acknowledged as an expert in Kendo, the Japanese form of swordsmanship.  He has competed in numerous tournaments in Karate, Kendo and Judo and earned many titles including USA Karate Champion, National AAU Karate Champion and World Karate Champion.

In 1989, he founded Yamazato International, a company specializing in martial arts publications and video productions. In 1991 he was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He has served as a director and advisor for many martial arts organizations and in addition to the ISJF is currently the president of the International Shorin Ryu Karate Kobudo Federation, a board member of the International Karate Kobudo Federation and a vice president of the World Martial Arts Federation. He is a life member of both the United States Judo Association and National Sport Judo Association.

George Alexander has always been fascinated with the history of the martial arts and is an oriental art collector. As a result, he has done much historical research and translation work and written numerous articles on the martial arts.  According to Alexander sensei “History and technique seem to intertwine themselves.” He has written four books on the martial arts including Okinawa Island of Karate, Bubishi Martial Art Spirit, Shorin Ryu Karate Training Manual, and Warrior Jujitsu. Additionally, he has made over thirty instructional videos on the martial arts and is the editor of Fighting Spirit magazine.

Federation Rules and Regulations

Schedule of Fees



Rank Title Time In Grade Age

Kyu (below black belt)

Shodan Two years as a Kyu
Nidan One Year after Shodan
Sandan Two years after Nidan
Yondan Renshi Three years after Sandan
Godan Four years after Yondan
Rokudan Kyoshi Five years after Godan 35
Nanadan Six years after Rokudan 40
Hachidan Hanshi Seven years after Nanadan 47
Kyudan Eight years after Hachidan 56
Judan Nine years after Kyudan 65

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