Kenseikai (Sword Saint) Budo Association is an offshoot of the long established Kenseikai Kendo Dojo, founded in Saga, Japan. Kenseikai Ju-Jitsu has, therefore, a Japanese tradition. All senior instructors have at some time practiced Kendo. The philosophy behind the association is the friendly exchange of martial art knowledge and the coming together of like-minded clubs and individuals for mutual benefit. Membership of Kenseikai Budo Association is by invitation only. Many clubs from outside Kenseikai Ju-Jitsu belong to their own particular associations as well, and there is no pressure for them to change.