Our Art

Danzan Ryu Jujitsu

Understanding the History of Our Art

Danzan Ryu was founded by Professor Seishiro “Henry” Okazaki in the early 1920s after he immigrated to Hawaii’s Big Island from Japan as a young man. The practice incorporates Japanese Judo, Hawaiian Lua, Chinese Kung Fu, and Filipino Kali to form one of the most comprehensive martial arts systems in the country. In addition to including elements of several combative systems, this style also includes a complete roster of healing and resuscitative arts.

Jujitsu is a Japanese philosophy of self-defense, relying on skill and technique rather than strength and size. Judo is the practice of the “Way” of Jujitsu. It’s the elevation of one’s total self by understanding and adopting the principles of Ju into your manner of being. Professor Okazaki referred to his style of Jujitsu as “Judo” because he believed it was a path to greater self-awareness and health.

What Students Can Expect

Danzan Ryu Jujitsu training is systematic and comprehensive. It involves learning how to:

  • Roll and fall (Sutemi)
  • Move and balance (Tai Sabaki)
  • Escape from grabs and manipulate joints (Yawara)
  • Throw and project (Nage)
  • Submit an opponent (Shime)
  • Counter and transition (Oku)
  • Access and express your inner being (Shinnin)

We have all our students start their training with extensive instruction on rolling and falling. These are the initial building blocks to ensuring that they are able to safely perform and receive various techniques. Learning how to efficiently and reliably complete these rolls and falls also allows students of all athletic abilities to become better acquainted with how their body moves. From there, we move forward to the other aspects of the system as the student is ready for them.

Helping You Be in the Moment

One of the greatest benefits of practicing a martial art of any kind is just as much mental as it is physical. No matter how old you are, the world can be a hectic, stressful, and confusing place. Taking time out of your day to dedicate to your own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being has a cascade of positive effects that stay with you even after you leave the dojo. Danzan Ryu requires a student’s full attention, meaning that there is little room on the mat for the worries and stresses of day-to-day life. Regular practice allows individuals to feel centered and present, leaving them better equipped to return to life’s challenges with a calm and focused attitude.

To learn more about how our Santa Clarita martial arts program can benefit you, call us at (661) 255-6000 today. We are now offering free initial lessons to new students!