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About the IFOJJ

History of the IFOJJ

The IFOJJ was founded in 1969 by Soke Michael De Pasquale Sr. as the Federation of Practicing Jujutsuans. The name was subsequently changed to reflect the international color of the organization as it began to attract members from outside the United States. Membership now encompasses martial artists worldwide.

The Federation issues membership certificates along with patches, rank recognition certificates, and awards such as the Order of the Gold Shield (presented to law enforcement officers). The true value of the Federation lies in its’ membership. By becoming a member, you and your students are exposed to a worldwide network of martial artists. You will be able to sponsor seminars under the auspices of the Federation, and in many cases bring some highly skilled members conduct these seminars.

What is the I.F.O.J.J.?

The IFOJJ is a Worldwide Fraternal Organization of Martial Artists of all ranks who represent many systems and styles. What began as a social group, grew into an organization which is in the forefront in providing its members an opportunity to learn and understand other legitimate ryus.

What is the purpose of the IFOJJ?

The purpose of the federation is to foster a benevolent fraternity among the members and give them exposure to all other systems and techniques.

What are the Benefits of Joining the IFOJJ

How can it help My School and My Students?

By becoming a member, You and your students will be exposed to a worldwide network of martial artists. You will be able to sponsor seminars under the auspices of the Federation and in many cases, bring some of the highly skilled members to your area to conduct these seminars.

Through our worldwide network, you will have the opportunity to be exposed to many martial arts systems thereby enhancing your present skills. Through your membership, you will receive discounts on all official IFOJJ merchandise as well as all IFOJJ Sactioned seminars and events.

Through the organization, it is possible to operate a franchise school of the IFOJJ with full support by the organization. Contact our Headquarters for further information.

You may train in our system through video instruction and gain rank through blue belt level. Promotion for brown and black belt requires live testing before certified Yoshitsune Instructors.

Recognition of rank, school, style and individual certification is available under the umbrella of the IFOJJ and De Pasquale Ju-Jutsu. Contact Headquarters for more details. 201-666-7100

What do others have to say?

Comments and Opinions from other martial artists about Soke Michael De Pasquale Jr. and the IFOJJ

Joe Lewis
Former Karate Heavyweight Champion

For the first time with anyone, I chose to work with Michael De Pasquale, Jr. on Ring Deadly/Street Lethal because his Combat Jujutsu street to ground techniques are effective and to the point

Wally Jay
Founder of Small Circle Jujutsu

Scientific and effective! The De Pasquale Jujutsu systems blend to all Jujutsu styles.

Bill “Superfoot” Wallace
Former World Middleweight Champion

Energetic, complete and practical, the De Pasquale Jujutsu systems are very effective.

Bill D'Urso
Springfield, VA

I use many of the techniques when I teach a seminar in self defense.  I find them to be easy for non-martial artists to learn and understand how the drills and kata relate to protecting themselves.  The participants find them to be effective and very usable, without having to do a complete study of a martial arts system.  It is fairly easy for an accomplished martial artist to understand the principles and efficiency of the techniques, but it is extremely rewarding to see how novices catch on so fast.
... Shihan Bill D’Urso

Paul Biratsis
Manassas, VA

Your Combat Jujutsu system has give me a new way of looking at martial arts altogether, and has proven to be the most practical and effective form of self-defense for me. Soke De Pasquale’s dedication and commitment to martial arts has renewed my dedication, and made me a better martial artist. I look forward to continuing my training and growth with you.
Master Paul Biratsis, 5th Dan World TKD Federation, Licensed Body Guard

Dave Melton
Chantilly, VA

Soke De Pasquale's Combat Jujitsu System puts traditional techniques and philosophy into today's world of martial arts.  I have incorporated some techniques into our traditional Taekwondo program and have started a new program consisting only of the Jujitsu.  It has helped my school grow in addition to improving my own skills.  Thanks for allowing me to train with this true martial artist.
Master Dave Melton, Virginia Martial Arts Academy

Martin Bailey
Woodbridge, VA

The Combat Jujitsu System is one of the most effective self defense systems I have come in contact with. It is easy to learn, and with practice can be an extremely effective and efficient way of self defense. The CJJ can stand alone, but also can be taught along side other arts to give the student a well rounded defense program. I would highly recommend this course of study to any martial art student.
Master Martin Bailey, 5th Dan World TaeKwonDo Federation, 4th Dan Korean Hapkido Federation

Carl Lydick
Manassas, VA

I had originally intended to learn the Combat Jujutsu system only to compliment the Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do that I already practice.  However I’ve found the system to be so complete and effective that I often find myself using Combat Jujutsu for my “Go-To” techniques.  They blend seamlessly with the other styles I practice and have made me a much more complete and confident martial artist.
Carl Lydick, 2nd Dan World TKD Federation

Kevin Pence
Peabody, MA

Your instruction and the Yoshitsune Jujitsu  Combat  system are by far the most comprehensive and progressive methods for dealing with real world scenarios… Over the years I have been exposed to Many different forms of unarmed and armed combative styles. I know first hand that your training has improved my understand of the other arts I have studied. Your system provides our students with the realistic drills, tactics, and skills to survive.  You have captured the essence of the “Modern Warrior Teacher” without disregard for the traditions of the past I feel certain your father would be proud of you and where you have taken the art. Soke a sincere thanks from our dojo....
Kevin Pence

James Alty
West Boylston, MA

The Combat Yoshitsune System is structured with just enough of a blend of variation and repetition. It is easy to learn and very well organized. I enjoyed the certification program and found it to be better than expected. My students also enjoy learning this system.
Jim Alty, Shihan, New Horizon Karate & More

Lisa Ellis
Augusta, ME

I have really loved working with Soke DePasquale and becoming certified in his system. It is a great complement to my training in Kosho Ryu Kempo. Additionally, it is a valuable resource for me, as my job entails working with law enforcement on a regular basis, often with clients who can be volatile at any time. This training is realistic, down to earth, and I can see great results when one is willing to put in the time and effort to learn the techniques. I look forward to continuing my work with Soke.
Sensei Lisa Ellis, United Martial Arts Academies.

Jerry Beasley
Director of Karate College

According to student response, Michael DePasquale Jr.'s Combat Jujitsu was one of the most popular programs offered at the Karate College.

Jeff Smith
Former World Lt. Heavy Weight Kickboxing Champion
9th Degree Black Belt
National Director Mile High Karate

The DePasquale Combat Ju-Jitsu System roots runs very deep in Martial Arts in America! From one of the First Pioneers, the late O'Sensei Michael DePasquale Sr. who passed on his knowledge to his son Michael DePasquale Jr, who is now sharing his knowledge and passing it on to his students and fellow Martial Artists! They have both devoted their lives to the Martial Arts! It is truly one of the oldest and best Martial Arts Systems in the World. From the Integrity to the Technique, the DePasquale Family has it all!
It is an honor to call them good friends!

My students and I all benefited from the DePasquale Combat Jujitsu Seminars.
Steve “Nasty” Anderson: World Champion

DePasquale Combat Jujitsu is realistic and effective in a combat situation. I especially enjoy the paralyzing finger chokes.
Keith Hackney: USC Competitor 3 & 4

The Power of the DePasquale Jujitsu system incorporating the highly effective Street & Grappling Techniques are effective and to the point.
Don “The Dragon” Wilson: Former World Kick-Boxing Champion & Movie Star

Fighting and Falling for Film

Rob Van Dam
Past WWE star

Taking a chance on an Ad that I saw in a magazine, I attended the Action Film Academy and was amazed. Not only was the experience invaluable, I actually got a part in my first movie from it. I highly recommend the Academy and Michael DePasquale Jr.'s stunt fighting and falling programs for anyone interested in Action Movies. If you don't look into it, you are only cheating yourself.

Art Camacho
Producer/Director/Martial Artist

I have worked with Soke DePasquale on and off the movie set, and I find his street to ground Jujitsu visually dynamic as well as effective.


On June 26th you conducted a defensive tactics seminar for the New York City Police Dept. This course was held at the Police Academy and was attended by officers from several Department tactical units. Your knowledge and enthusiasm in presenting this training positively reflects on your organization's dedication to enhancing the safety of all uniformed officers and the citizens they serve.
Helen McAleer: Deputy Inspector, NYPD

The whole lot should go to this course! IT MAY SAVE A LIFE!
Dominick: Narcotics Detective

Compared to other training sessions, I would rate this course EXCELLENT!
William: Police Tactics instructor

Extremely useful to any Police Officer.
Gerrard: Patrol Officer

Outstanding! The best I have encountered. THE INSTRUCTOR IS A LEGEND.
Kevin: Firearms and Tactics Instructor

One of the most INNOVATIVE training courses; it was a privilege attending.
John: Training Investigation Tactics

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