The Art of Jujitsu or Jujutsu
What is Jujitsu
Jujitsu is the Japanese philosophy of self-defence, relying on technique and skill reather then strenth and
speed. Jujitsu includes Holds, Chockes, Escapes, Throws, Kicks, Strikes, Rolling, Sutemi and Falling
Techniques. The japanese word Jujitsu can be translated as the "gentle art". It is by the principal of focused
suppleness that the weak eventually overcome the strong. A well trained practitioner in the art of Jujitsu is an
extremely effective system of self-defence.
Unlike modern Judo which is only a small part of Jujitsu. Jujitsu is a highly evolved form of self-defence, with
both physical and mental training, that can be used to hone the body and mind into developing abilities that are,
more then most of us can acquire living our daily life as we know it. Jujitsu can be learned by men, women and
children of all ages in life.
It leads itself not only as an art in self-confidence, but it also requires self-control, and a sincere concern for the
safety of others.
The system of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu was founded by Prof. Okazaki in the 1920's in the Hawaiian Islands. His
Danzan Ryu is one of the most comperhensive and most widely taught styles of Jujitsu in the US.
It is revered for it's systematic and well balanced curriculum that can be easily adapted to all personal styles,
with its holds, escapes, throws, restraining tech., strikes, kicks, parries, and a mulitiude of combination
techniques, defenses against weapons, and the Art of Restorative Massage, AMMA.
The Esoteric Teachings of H. Seishiro Okazaki,
Founder of Danzan Ryu of the Kodenkan
> Since the fumdamental principal acquired through the pratice of jujitsu has been elevated to a finner moral
concept called judo, "The Way of Gentleness," it may well be said that the primary objective of practicing judo
is perfection of character. And to prefect one's character, one must be greatful for the abundant blessings of
Heaven, Earth, and Nature, as well as the great love of parents; one must realize his enormous debt to
teachers, and be ever mineful of his obligations to the general public.
> As a member of a family, one's first duty is to filial to parents, to be helpful and harmonious with one's wife or
husband, and to affectionate to brothers and sisters, so that the family may be sound, successful, and
harmonious unit of the community.
> As a member of a nation, one must be greatful for the protection which one derives as a citizen; one must
guard against self-interest and foster a spirit of social service. On must be discreet in action, yet hold courage
in high reguard, and strive to cultivate manliness. One must be gentle, modest, polite, and resourceful; never
eccentric, but striving always to practice moderation in all things. One must relize that these qualities constitute
the secret of the practice of judo.
> Anyone who practices jodo should neither be afraid of the strong nor the weak; nor should he act contrary to
the strengh of his enemy because of the art he has acquired. For example, when a boat is set afloat on water,
one man's strenth is sufficint to move the boat back and forth. This is only possible because the boat floats; for
if, on the other hand, the boat is placed on dry land, the same man's strengh is scarcely sufficient to move it. It
is necessary, therefore, that the weak should learn this fact with regard to the strong.
> The forms and techniques should be remembered as the basic art of judo. One should never use these arts
against anyone without sufficient justification. Therefore, refrain from arrogance and do not despise a small
enemy or a weak opponent. Every student of judo should realize that honesty is the foundation of all virtues.
Kindness is the secret of business prosperity. Amiability is the essence of success. Working pleasantly is the
mother of health. Strenuous effort and diligence conquer adverse circumstances. Simplicity, fortitude, and
manliness are the keys to joy and gladness; and service to humanity is the fountain of mutual existence and
> Remember always parental love and one's enormous indebtedness to teachers. Be careful for the protection
of Heaven and Earth. Be a good teacher to young men. To lead younger men well, will in the long run, mean to
attain proficiency in the skill of judo.
> Like a drawing in India ink of the wispering of wind in the pines, the secrets of judo can only be suggested.
Only through personal experience can one comprehend the mystic ecstasy of such secrets. It is said of Jujitsu
that it would require ten years of practice to win victory over one's self and twenty years to win victory over
> Whatever the trials or dangers, even "Hell under the uprased sword," remain calm and remember the
doctrine inparted to you by your teacher.
> A noted verse reads: "For the lotus flower to fall is to rise to the surface."
> Only by cultivating a receptive state of mind, without preconceived ideas or thoughts, can one master the
secret art of reacting spontaneously and naturally without hesitation and without purposeless resistance.
These are the secrets of Kodenkan into which I have had the honor to initiate you.
Henry Seishiro Okazaki
Master (Danzan Ryu)
Director of the Kodenkan
Professor Okazaki refers above to the study of Judo. This does not mean he was advocating the study of the
sport of Judo over his own system, only Judo's higher moral philosophy which he incroporated into Danzan Ryu