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DePasquale Shihan in seiza Michael DePasquale, Sr. Shihan (26 February 1925-23 September 2006) was the founder and president of the International Federation of Practicing Ju-Jitsuans, whose primary goal is the spreading and sharing of traditional, authentic Japanese Ju-Jitsu. It also serves as a forum for the sharing of martial arts-related material and as a means of certifying and cross certifying practitioners of the art of Ju-Jitsu.

Michael DePasquale Sr. teaching members of the military Shihan founded the Yoshitsune Dojo in 1961. He trained in and taught traditional, authentic Japanese Ju-Jitsu for more than half a century, and was commissioned as Shihan ("master instructor" or "teacher of teachers") in Hakko Ryu Ju-Jitsu by Ryuho Okuyama Soke Sensei of Omiya, Japan, the style's founder. Shihan's principal instructor for more than 26 years was Junji Saito, a Shihan Menkyo Kaiden (master instructor with all of the style's secrets).

DePasquale Shihan's additional martial arts knowledge came from studying with several of the premier Ju-Jitsuans of this century. He held rank in the Japanese Ju-Jitsu styles of Sekiguchi Ryu, Kito Ryu, Sosuishitsu (Sosuishi) Ryu, and Jigen Ryu, as well as in Goshindo Kempo Karate and Hepi Ryu Hanbo-Jitsu.


Junji Saito (?-1988)
   Hakko Ryu (menkyo kaiden)
   Hepi Ryu Hanbo-Jitsu
   Jigen Ryu Ju-Jitsu
   Kodokan Judo
founded Yoshitsune Waza Ju-Jitsu
George Okumura
   Sekiguchi Ryu Ju-Jitsu
   Sosuishitsu (Sosuishi) Ryu Ju-Jitsu

Kiyose Nakae
(12 Jun 1883-29 Aug 1962)

   Kito Ryu Ju-Jitsu

Nabuhasi Matoba
   Goshindo Kempo Karate


Michael DePasquale, Sr.
   Goshindo Kempo Karate
   Hakko Ryu (shihan)
   Hepi Ryu Hanbo-Jitsu
   Jigen Ryu Ju-Jitsu
   Kito Ryu Ju-Jitsu
   Kodokan Judo
   Sekiguchi Ryu Ju-Jitsu
   Sosuishitsu (Sosuishi) Ryu Ju-Jitsu