Junji Saito, founder of the Yoshitsune Jujutsu system, moved to the United States in 1960. He had been a reporter for a Japanese newspaper and was assigned to London, England some years prior to Lloyd George becoming prime minister of England. Saito after being disappointed with Kodokan Judo first trained with an 86 year old Jigen Ryu master who taught him their form of Jujutsu. He later trained with his long time childhood friend, Ryuho Okuyama, the founder of Hakko Ryu and he eventually became the highest rank possible in that system, Shihan Menkyo Kaiden.
Saito Sensei can be described as being very small in stature, 5 feet tall and very slender with a full head of white hair. Saito Sensei was not very strong looking, was very soft spoken and wore wire framed glasses. This all added to his appearance and the impression one got when meeting him for the first time. Shihan De Pasquale Sr. described Saito Sensei as having ability far superior to anyone he had ever met, and that his ability to teach was unsurpassed! He had a way about him to make people listen attentively and understand as he passed on his martial arts knowledge.
Soon after arriving in the United States, Saito Sensei took all of his favorite techniques from the systems he had studied and combined them into a system that became known as Yoshitsune Jujutsu. His thought was that these techniques were more suited to the larger physique and self defense needs of Americans. In addition, Saito Sensei transmitted the Hepi Ryu system of Bo Jutsu at the Yoshitsune Dojo.