IPPON JUDO & JUJITSU
Professor Henry Seishiro Okazaki, a Japan native raised in Hawaii, spent his youth studying and mastering a multitude of martial arts. At the age of 34, he made a pilgrimage to his home country where he spent three months traveling from dojo to dojo, rapidly expanding his knowledge. Upon his return in 1925, Okazaki founded Danzan Ryu jujitsu, the culmination of his studies. Danzan Ryu is a potent blend of traditional Japanese jujitsu, karate, lua, escrima, boxing, chin na, judo, and wrestling. It is a complete fighting system in the sense that it includes techniques spanning all aspects of combat, including throws, strikes, chokes, submissions for every joint on the body, weapon defense, tumbling, and healing techniques. Okazaki taught his art to non-Japanese and female students, which was frowned upon by his countrymen and socially progressive for the time. In fact, certain skill sets within his system are devoted to teaching women to defend themselves from physically stronger attackers.
While most popular martial arts train practitioners for competition, there are no competitions for Danzan Ryu jujitsu. The purpose of this martial art is to prepare you to protect yourself in life-threatening situations. Many of the skills you will learn are illegal in all combat sports, including mixed martial arts (MMA). That being said, you will be taught in a safe and friendly environment. We introduce skills at the proper experience level, and all students are instructed in safe practice methods that result in injury-free learning. A typical class begins with a light warm-up consisting of a short run, tumbling practice, and stretching. After warm up, the majority of class will be spent learning and drilling techniques from the Danzan Ryu curriculum. Classes often end with a live grappling session (with rules, no dangerous techniques are permitted in live practice).