History and Origin



About Master Jiro Murai

About Mary Burmeister

About Uhachi Iino

About Sensei Haruki Kato

 Excerpts from 100 Years of Jin Shin Jyutsu, 1912 to 2012 by Arigatou Gozaimasu

At the young age of 26, Jiro Murai was on the verge of dying from a disease that was described by his doctors as incurable. Jiro asked to be taken to his family’s cabin where he could spend his few remaining days in solitude and tranquility. Since Jiro was not able to make this trip on his own, he asked friends to carry him up to the cabin and leave him there for 7 days, after which they could return to retrieve his body.

 …this gave him the opportunity to practice sitting Zen, breathing, meditating and holding some of the many Mudras he had observed on the statues of the Buddhas found throughout the island of Japan. During the first 6 days Jiro experienced his body becoming colder and colder and each day he wondered if this would be his last. Then on the 7th day, Jiro’s body become so hot that he later described it feeling like steam was surging through his body. Eventually he cooled back down and to his amazement, knew that he was completely healed, as though he had never been sick at all. As you can imagine, his friends and family were equally surprised to see him walking down from the mountains on his own, looking strong, healthy and vital.

For the remainder of his life, Jiro Murai continued to develop his knowledge and the basic principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu. He quickly gained a reputation for his ability to help people suffering from all kinds of illnesses and was soon practicing with the highest levels of Japanese society, including members of the Imperial family.

It was a full 34 years from the time of his initial discovery of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1912 before Jiro Murai began to teach others.

In was late in 1946 that Jiro Murai met one of his most prominent students, Mary Mariko Iino, later to become Mary Burmeister. In 1953 Mary Iino returned to the Unites States to marry Gilbert Burmeister, a man she had worked with during her years in Japan following WWII.

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 (Mary’s father) remained in Japan for a couple more years, working on clients and continued his studies of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

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. Haruki Kato studied with Jiro until the end of his 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 United States 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.

Mary, who left us in 2008, was truly a pioneer of higher consciousness and this was one of her greatest contributions to the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu: her deep awareness of the significance of the “Now” and of this “breath that I am”, and how she embodied this wisdom and was able to convey it to her students. She loved to speak about the “No Thing”, the ancient concept of emptiness then bring it to life for her students through words and actions. Like Jiro Murai, her studies and developments in Jin Shin Jyutsu never ended.

Some of Mary’s other contributions to the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu include developing the Theory of the Depths, enabling us to view the human being and understand its connection to the divine, and then show us how to utilize this awareness to help any project within the body. Mary also placed considerable emphasis on the practice of self-help and spent many years developing this knowledge and creating flows for the simple application of Jin Shin Jyutsu for Myself, so that each one can be their own source of healing and their own testimony.


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