|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 common prosperity.
> 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 others.
> 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 Jujitsu.
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