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Danzan Ryu was founded in the 1920’s by Professor Henry Seishiro Okazaki in the Hawaiian Islands. Along with Judo, Okazaki studied Chinese Kung Fu, Hawaiian Lua and Filipino Kali. Today, Danzan Ryu is one of the most comprehensive and perfected styles of personal defense in the United States. It includes all the elements of a superior combatives system as well as a complete system of resuscitation and healing 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.

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Danzan Ryu Jujitsu training is systematic and comprehensive. It involves learning to roll and fall (Sutemi), to move and balance (Tai Sabaki), to escape from grabs and manipulate joints (Yawara), to throw & project (Nage), to submit an opponent (Shime), to counter and transition (Oku), to access and express your inner being (Shinnin), as well as many other in-depth areas of focus.