Jin Shin Jyutsu, the First Hundred Years, Part 4

“A Speech by David Burmeister Given in Many Locations”  –  from The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 79, Winter 2013:

So it was that Mary left Japan and returned to America to bring the gift that she had been earnestly studying for the past 6 years. Uhachi Iino remained in Japan for a couple more years, working on clients – many were sent to him by Jiro Murai – and continued his studies of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Uhachi was instrumental in keeping Mary up-to-date with any new discoveries from Jiro, who constantly developed his theories and created more standardized flows. He also named and located the Safety Energy Locks which he called Kamurogi and Kamuroni points, later renaming them Ki-Ten locations. When Mary left Japan there were a total of only 15 Safety Energy Locks identified. Safety Energy Locks 16-23 were developed between 1953 and 1956. Finally, Jiro created Safety Energy Locks 24-26 before the beginning of his final lecture. The first time all 26 Safety Energy Locks appeared together was in 1957 during his final lecture series. By the time the 1957 lecture began, Jiro was no longer speaking very much about the Mediator function because it had been well incorporated into all the Safety Energy Lock flows.

One of Uhachi Iino’s clients was a young man by the name of Haruki Kato, who was also deeply interested in learning the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Mary’s departure opened up a rare space in Jiro Murai’s study group allowing Kato-san to begin attending the lectures. Haruki Kato corresponded with Mary for many years, helping her to continue her studies and stay current with Jiro’s ongoing research and developments.

Kato-san became a prominent student and studied with Jiro Murai until the end of Jiro’s life. Kato Sensei has continued to share Jin Shin Jyutsu in Japan throughout his lifetime. Over the past 20 years he has traveled to the U.S. many times, first to meet Mary in 1992 and then to work with the faculty of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. Kato Sensei also conducted two seminars for our students, one in Honolulu and one in Osaka, Japan. More recently, Sadaki Kato, Haruki Kato’s son, has played a significant role in perpetuating the work of his father and hopefully will soon be teaching classes for Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.

After Mary’s return to the U.S., she began the next phase of her life as a mother and wife. In addition to raising her young family, she studied her Jin Shin Jyutsu materials constantly and soon began to work first on family then on friends. It wasn’t long before the word got out in Los Angeles about a little Japanese woman who had an amazing gift for helping people alleviate their illnesses. before long Mary found herself working from early in the mornings until late in the evenings sharing her healing hands with the many people who found their way to our home. No one was turned away.

Then in 1965, twelve years after her return from Japan, Mary began to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu to others. Her first class was taught to a group of chiropractors who learned of Mary from her neighbor, May DeFont, whom she had treated for migraine headaches. Mary’s purpose in life was now being realized as scores of students flocked to study with her. Southern California in the ’60s became the setting where Jin Shin Jyutsu first took hold in America. This was a very unique time in the United States with so much growth in consciousness, much of it coming from the East. So the popularity of Jin Shin Jyutsu seemed very natural and fitting for the times.

To be continued…



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