Thursday, August 25, 2011

More about the Author

I study Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, which translates into Hawaiian Style Jujitsu. The system I study was assembled by a Japanese man named Henry Seishiro Okazaki who emigrated from Japan to the Hawaiian islands during the 1930's who received primarily Japanese training, but was influenced by Chinese Gung Fu, Hawaiian Lua, Filipino knife-fighting, Okinawan Karate, and western boxing. I will be examining before a board in California this December for my black belt, so I am not very advanced as of yet. I have been profoundly fortunate in the instructors that have revealed themselves to me, and have tried to utilize them as much as possible. I have been training anywhere from 6-10 hours per week for the past 4 years.

Our curriculum includes rolls and falls, hand techniques (joint locking and escaping), throwing arts, ground techniques (pinning, joint locking, constriction of nerves/blood flow/chi flow), pressure points, precision striking, classical weaponry, meditation, massage, healing and resuscitation arts, and even basic anatomy and sports medicine. We are very well-rounded and are a "complete system" in that we cover all aspects of combat, in-depth.

One feature that makes our system unique is that students are trained to fix what they break; how to reduce dislocations, tape sprained joints, and give full massages (our massage program is 24 months long all together). This is one of the many ways that our system exemplifies the yin/yang duality - we teach how to kill and how to heal, because, contrary to intuition, they go hand-in-hand. Many times the exact same set of motions, applied with a different intention or at a different time, can hurt or help an individual.

If you'd like to know more just ask, but I will not be focusing on myself any further in these discussions.


  1. Did you ever get to use your skills outside of the gym? I'd love to hear about that!
    Following and supporting your work, mate! :)

  2. sounds like a nice system you got going there, looking forward to future posts

  3. It's interesting to know more about you. Provides a decent context for your posts.