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Guidelines for Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-Philosophy Students

Dear Students, Practitioners, and Friends of Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu,

Thanks to your love and interest, the gift of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy continues to ripple out into ever-widening circles, reaching more people around the world. It is inspiring to see so many of you continue to grow in your awareness and to hear stories about the many ways that Jin Shin Jyutsu has touched your lives and those of your friends, families, and clients.

In order to grow together as a strong community, we feel it will be helpful to clarify certain practical matters. This document explains the levels of study and training that we offer, ways you can participate in Mary Burmeister’s Jin Shin Jyutsu, and your limited rights to Jin Shin Jyutsu materials. We hope this document will be helpful to those of you wishing to make Jin Shin Jyutsu a strong focus in your lives.

Update Summer 2021

Dear Students, Practitioners, and Friends of Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu,
We hope you are having a good summer.  We also hope that you have enjoyed the reduced rates and replays for the Online JSJ Classes.  Beginning September 1
, 2021, the fees for all online classes in the US will be aligned with in-person class fees and return to the rates charged at the beginning of 2020.

Three in-person 5-Day Basic Seminars has been the long-standing requirement for becoming an authorized JSJ practitioner. This requirement was modified last year to accept attendance of up to 2 online Basic Seminars and, at least, 1 in-person 5-Day Basic Seminar (for a total of three classes) to be acknowledged as an authorized JSJ practitioner with the MBJSJ Institute.  

Please visit our website for the latest class schedules, tuition fees, etc. As more in-person classes become available, we look forward to those opportunities to meet more of you.

Wishing you the very best in your continuing studies of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.


David Burmeister and the MBJSJ Institute Faculty

Guidelines for Jin Shin Jyutsu Students and Practitioners

I. Training and Education

A. Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Class  

We highly recommend that all Jin Shin Jyutsu students attend at least one self-help class. These are taught by authorized and certified practitioners in many locations all over the world and by members of our faculty. This class teaches the fundamental principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy and how to apply the Art to ourselves and those in our lives.  

B. 5-Day Basic Seminar

The 5-Day Basic Seminar is for those who want to study and practice Jin Shin Jyutsu and to apply the Art on themselves and others, being the testimony of this simple, profound Art of Living made known to us by Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister, and Haruki Kato. Please see our website for a list of authorized instructors and for the schedule of classes.  

1. Certificate of Attendance: After attending one 5-Day Basic Seminar, a certificate of attendance is issued.  

2. Three-time 5-Day Basic Seminar Certificate of Attendance: Upon completion of three 5-Day Basic Seminars, a second certificate is issued, verifying that 105 hours of class time have been attended. 

Since most of our classes are currently online the attendance requirement for students to become authorized to practice JSJ and receive the large certificate of attendance has been changed as follows:

Students who have already attended one or two in-person Basic classes can complete the requirement for becoming a JSJ practitioner by attending the additional one or two online Basic classes needed to fulfil the requirement of three Basic classes. If a student attends an online Basic class as their first class, they will need to complete, at least,one in-person Basic class that includes supervised hands-on practice.

3. Jin Shin Jyutsu Authorized Practitioner:  Upon completion of the third 5-Day Basic Seminar, a student usually has gained a basic awareness and understanding that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a lifetime of study that is just beginning. We recommend that all practitioners attend MBJSJI classes as often as possible to deepen their understanding and grow in the profession. By agreeing to our Code of Ethics, the student is permitted to use the title Jin Shin Jyutsu Authorized Practitioner and is entitled to limited rights to Jin Shin Jyutsu materials (see IV).  

C. Professional Practitioner Course  

The Professional Practitioner Course is not an advanced course, but a newly designed core curriculum based on Mary Burmeister’s two textbooks and three Self-Help books. There are no Jin Shin Jyutsu prerequisites; it is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced students and practitioners. The course focuses on the basic foundations of Jin Shin Jyutsu and features additional emphasis on self-help, supervised hands-on practice, integrative anatomy and physiology, ethics, and professional practices. Its purpose is to prepare the student to become a professional Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner in the contemporary climate of integrative medicine and increased regulation. The course meets on nine weekends over the span of about a year.  

Upon course completion, the participant will be eligible to enter the certification program and earn the certification credential. Please visit for more information.  

D. Other Classes and Continuing Education  

Students at every level of their Jin Shin Jyutsu journey, including authorized and certified practitioners, are encouraged to continue their studies and deepen their understanding and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu. We offer many types of additional classes in various formats. The Special Topic classes, mentoring programs, and expanded 5-Day classes offer enrichment and in-depth exploration of Jin Shin Jyutsu topics. The Living the Art class, Now Know Myself class, and Kato class are specialized classes which offer their own certificates of attendance. There are many to choose from! Please see the Description of Classes and the Schedule of Classes sections on the website  

E. Certification Program 

Students become eligible for the certification program by completing the Professional Practitioner Course (available now) or by completing five 5-Day Basic Seminars (this pathway available soon). Certification requires: 1) successfully presenting three case studies, 2) passing the comprehensive examination, 3) passing the hands-on evaluation, 4) maintaining an up-to-date certification in CPR-AED and First Aid, and 5) students who will qualify with five 5-Day Basic Seminars must also pass webinars on Ethics and Integrative Anatomy and Physiology, material that Professional Practitioner Course students complete as part of the course.  

Certified Practitioner: The term Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner is reserved for those students who have earned the Jin Shin Jyutsu certification credential by passing the three components of certification: Case Studies, Comprehensive Examination, and Hands-On Evaluation, and met the other requirements: Ethics, Integrative Anatomy and Physiology, CPR/AED and First Aid. Please visit for more information.  

II. Becoming an Organizer  

Class organizers are the essential link in Jin Shin Jyutsu training and education and serve many important functions. An organizer brings instructors and local students together and helps build a strong community. To get started, many organizers begin to create interest in their areas by offering self-help classes to the public, giving short introductory talks, volunteering at medical/nursing facilities, having a private practice, and/or hosting study groups. Becoming an organizer is a fun and important way to bring Jin Shin Jyutsu to your area.  

Any student who has taken at least one 5-Day Basic Seminar is eligible to become an organizer, although we have found that it’s preferable to have taken three 5-Day Basic Seminars and earned the authorized practitioner designation. 

If you believe you have all, or most of the requirements, then please send a covering letter and resume to

After you have been preliminarily accepted as a JSJ Organizer/Co-Organizer, there will be a period, where we get to see how we work together.  During this time, we would like you to familiarize yourself with our procedures, as well as Organizing, or Co-Organizing at least 2 classes (preferably one 5 day, and one STC). The training videos and information within the Organizer section of the JSJ Inc website, as well as support from JSJ Inc Office staff (and other experienced JSJ Organizers), are available for familiarization with our procedures.  Your hands-on practical organizing should cement the experience.

If you want to bring Jin Shin Jyutsu classes and seminars to your area, contact the Scottsdale office so that we may provide you with further information. Please note that organizers contact an instructor directly with an invitation to teach in their area, establish dates for the class, and locate suitable facilities. The Organizer Guide and the Scottsdale office can provide guidance for this and for promoting the class, taking care of enrollments, registration, class rosters, etc.  

III. Becoming a 5-Day Basic Seminar Instructor (the Instructor Candidate Evaluation Program- ICEP)  

Interested students must send a letter of intention to the ICEP Administrator, c/o the Scottsdale office and go to which will take you to the JSJ Instructor Training website. Select the tab "Overview" to learn about the required steps to become a candidate: 1) self-certification, 2) application and 3) training. Once you have successfully met the requirements for self-certification, call the Scottsdale office to receive further instructions.

The ICEP (ITP) website can also be reached by going to the JSJ homepage and scrolling down to "Quick Links" and clicking "Instructor Training" on the bottom right of the list.  

IV. Limited Rights to Jin Shin Jyutsu Materials  

As an authorized or certified practitioner, you have limited rights to the use of our name:  

A. Jin Shin Jyutsu trademarks  

The name “Jin Shin Jyutsu” and the Kanji (the Japanese characters) are trademarks of the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute. All usages of either “Jin Shin Jyutsu” or the Kanji must bear the ® symbol. In Europe we have a picture name trademark to identify the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu organization. This is the logo that includes a circle within a rectangle and the name Jin Shin Jyutsu.  

It is our policy to allow the limited use of our registered name and logos to both authorized and certified practitioners with the understanding that the practitioner is wholly responsible for his or her actions. When using the name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji, always identify them with the trademark symbol ® and use them only in connection with the practice of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu as given to us by Master Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister, and Haruki Kato.  

Authorized and certified practitioners are welcome to use our trademarks on stationery, business cards, and promotional flyers as long as they include the symbol ® (as indicated above, and in the format shown on our letterhead at the top of this document). We in Scottsdale will be happy to answer questions or review any promotional materials for accuracy. When referring to Jin Shin Jyutsu in a title or in its first usage, please write: Jin Shin Jyutsu ®.  

Thereafter, it is not necessary to use the ® every time. The Kanji logo, however, should have the appropriate symbol next to it every time. Please call the Scottsdale office if you have any questions (480) 998-9331. 

B. Publications  

We happily permit publication of articles about Jin Shin Jyutsu in your community, provided that we are given the opportunity to review them in advance for accuracy. It is necessary to obtain our permission before you reproduce our materials or photographs, as they are the intellectual property of the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute.  

C. Presenting a Self-Help Class  

The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute gives permission for authorized and certified practitioners to teach self-help classes. If you wish to deepen your understanding and skills, we recommend that you attend a Living the Art (LTA) class. Attending the LTA class also designates you as an authorized self-help instructor and is a requirement if you would like to be listed on the Locator on  

We ask that the following guidelines be observed:  

  1. Please use our name and trademarks properly when producing brochures or flyers about your class and be sure it is clear that it is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class you are teaching.

  2. All self-help classes are to be presented using only the three Self-Help books written by Mary Burmeister. No other material or summary can fully demonstrate the Art (of Getting to Know (Help) Myself) or better inspire the self-help instructor to convey Mary’s message. You may also use the handouts given to you in the Living the Art class as teaching tools to support the use of the three Self-Help books, but not as a substitution for the books.

  3. We ask that you teach from your own level of awareness and understanding. In other words, that you speak from your personal experience and practice.

  4. We ask that you do not combine your self-help class with other modalities or disciplines. If you call it a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class, you may teach only Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help.

  5. We have found it very helpful when presenting a self-help class to communicate with attendees that while these instructions are intended to assist them in helping themselves (and perhaps to assist friends and family in helping themselves), the class is not intended to prepare them to offer Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions or teach others in a professional capacity (such as practitioner or self-help Instructor or 5-Day Basic Seminar Instructor). Making available the latest class schedule brochure can help attendees differentiate between a self-help class and the 5-Day Basic Seminar.


  1. Q: When can I practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on a professional basis and refer to myself as a Jin Shin Jyutsu Authorized Practitioner?

    A: First of all, we encourage you to use your jumper cables with friends and family members from the beginning. To qualify as an Authorized Practitioner, there are two pathways. The first pathway is to complete three 5-Day Basic Seminars and earn the certificate of attendance. The second pathway is to complete the Professional Practitioner Course. All candidates must also agree to the Jin Shin Jyutsu Code of Ethics.

    We encourage new students on the first pathway not to hurry through the process of completing their first three classes. Generally, a period of approximately eighteen months is the minimum suggested amount of time recommended to complete the first three 5-Day Basic Seminars. The second pathway (Professional Practitioner Course) is completed within a year. We encourage ongoing attendance at our classes for all practitioners, recognizing the need for continuing study as one begins and maintains a professional practice.

    If you choose to practice the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu professionally, please be aware that you are fully responsible for your own actions. The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute does not assume any responsibility for any type of loss or injury to you or to others. Many practitioners purchase liability insurance. One insurance source is the ABMP, as mentioned in our brochures. Please check with your state and local authorities regarding what is required to practice this type of modality in your community.

  2. Q: Is the certificate of attendance the same as a license?

    A: No. The certificate issued by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute is a certificate of attendance, verifying that you have attended a certain number of classes. The certificate of attendance does not constitute certification or a license, such as those required by some healthcare facilities, state, or municipal governments. The traditional training offered by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute does not test for proficiency and the certificate solely verifies attendance. As mentioned above, please check with your state and local authorities.

  3. Q: What is the difference between an authorized practitioner and a certified practitioner?

    A: The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute verifies that an authorized practitioner has attended three 5-Day Basic Seminars, and that a certified practitioner has earned the certification credential by passing the three components of certification: case studies, comprehensive examination, and hands-on evaluation, and met the additional requirements: ethics, integrative anatomy and physiology, CPR/AED and First Aid. Both categories of practitioner must agree to the Code of Ethics.

  4. Q: Is the certification credential the same as a license?

    A: No. The certification credential issued by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute verifies that you have been tested and have met the certification criteria for an entry-level Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. It verifies that you have achieved entry-level proficiency. If you have earned your certification credential, you are a certified practitioner. For licensing, please check with your state and local authorities.

  5. Q: What should I charge for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session?

    A: Fees charged for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session tend to vary according to the location and experience of the practitioner. (For instance, the practitioners at the Scottsdale office charge $85 per session.) Factors such as license and permit costs, local cost of living, expenses for an office, and the extra expense of house calls can all influence a practitioner's fee. (Also, we have found that Jin Shin Jyutsu practiced at luxury resorts and health spas is often priced much higher than fees of a private practitioner.) Keeping all of this in mind, we encourage practitioners to keep prices affordable, because modest pricing (and even a sliding scale) keeps Jin Shin Jyutsu more accessible.

  6. Q: What terminology is appropriate to use as a practitioner?

    A: The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute does not use terms, concepts, and practices that are closely associated with the medical profession, such as “therapy,” “diagnosis,” etc. We do not make claims to “cure” or to be a substitute for appropriate medical care. The use of such terms or the making of such claims may be illegal.

    However, we believe Jin Shin Jyutsu profoundly supports the healing process of body, mind, and spirit, and is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods. Appropriate terminology might include ‘complementary’, ‘integrative’, ‘light-touch energy work’, ‘stress reduction’, and ‘deep relaxation’.

  7. Q: Can I use the name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji (Japanese characters) on my business card?

    A: The name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji are valuable assets of the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute and serve to identify and distinguish the Art brought to us by Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister, and Haruki Kato from other modalities and approaches. We encourage both authorized and certified practitioners to use the logos on stationery, business cards, promotional flyers, etc., together with the ® trademark symbol. It is the responsibility of each practitioner to read the section above, Limited Rights to Jin Shin Jyutsu Materials and follow the guidelines.

  8. Q: What is the correct name of the organization now? I’ve seen both Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. (JSJ, Inc.) and the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute used. Are they separate groups?

    A: Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. and the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute are the same organization. Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. added the “dba” (doing business as) designation of “Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute” to keep the name “Mary Burmeister” in the forefront of our mission and our organization. We also feel that the name, Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute is more in alignment with an educational organization. Over time we will be using the name “Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute” more frequently.

  9. Q: How may I inform people about Jin Shin Jyutsu?

    A: The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute has a practitioner information brochure used to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu to others. We also have introductory materials such as The Touch of Healing, Mary Burmeister’s three Self-Help books, and The Art of Living video. You are not permitted to copy or otherwise reproduce any of our materials without our written consent to do so. We will happily permit you to write and publish articles in your community, provided that we are given the opportunity in advance to review and approve those articles. Public speaking about Jin Shin Jyutsu and offering self-help classes are excellent ways to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu to others.

  10. Q: Who is authorized to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu?

    A: The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute authorizes instructors to present Jin Shin Jyutsu materials including Mary Burmeister’s Text 1 and 2. Go to for the names of the authorized faculty and their classes. These individuals are the only instructors of Mary Burmeister’s and Haruki Kato’s text materials recognized by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute.

    Students and practitioners who have met the criteria for teaching self-help classes may teach others to apply self-help utilizing Jin Shin Jyutsu and Mary Burmeister’s three Self-Help books but are not permitted to teach anyone to apply Jin Shin Jyutsu to others, or teach the materials from Text Books 1 and 2.

  11. Q: At what point can I help others through a self-help class?

    A: Authorized and certified practitioners are permitted to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help classes and may use the term Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor. If you have attended at least one Living The Art class (LTA) your designation is Jin Shin Jyutsu Authorized Self-Help Instructor.

  12. Q: Are there any other considerations I should know about before presenting self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu to others?

    A: Please use our name and trademark properly when producing brochures or flyers about your class. We do ask that you clearly refer to yourself as a Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-Help Instructor or a Jin Shin Jyutsu ® Authorized Self-Help Instructor (if you’ve attended an LTA class). Please review the (C) section above on page 4 titled ‘Presenting a Self-Help class’ and contact the Scottsdale office if you have any questions.

We thank you for your loving participation in sharing the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. We know that our community will continue to flourish with your collective support and dedication.

David Burmeister Director, Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute

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