• Passing of Dave Martin

    Jujitsu Alliance member and friend, Dave Martin, was killed today (April 11, 2013) in a traffic accident in Mississippi. Dave was a friend and an acquaintance to many people in the Danzan Ryu and law enforcement community.

  • Self-interest, a spirit of social service and the Esoteric Principles

    Every now and again, I take out the Esoteric Principles of Judo which, origins notwithstanding, provides a manifesto of what a serious student of Danzan Ryu jujitsu should know, understand and follow about his art. Each time I read it, I come away with a slightly different (and hopefully richer) understanding of the precepts.

  • Bill Beach

    Professor Bill Beach was born on December 15, 1928 in Baxley, GA. He began his study of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 1949 under Professor Ray Law, in Oakland, CA. While stationed in Hawaii he trained under Professor Richard Takamoto. Professor Beach was a U.S. Navy veteran and he organized the first judo and jujitsu club at the Navel Air Station in Jacksonville, FL - 1954.

  • The Portals of Danzan Ryu - Part I

    I have been wanting to write a follow-up article to the ‘Foundations of Danzan Ryu’ article I wrote a few years ago. That study explored as far as I could, where our techniques came from. Many of those koryu (arts instructed at the time of the samurai) ryuha (schools) are still practiced in Japan. That article included who the current headmasters were and where they are now. The writing showed that the Japanese styles were interconnected, and how Judo also came from a modern (post samurai er

  • The Portals of Danzan Ryu - Part II

    I’ve given my history, personal experiences and feelings regarding my martial study. Young students might be surprised to find that their teacher may have had many of these feelings and the experiences might be different but the overall outcome is the same. We are all the same; everyone should feel their own ‘specialness’. Different paths lead to the same place.

  • Apples and Oranges

    Last night a group of my students started a familiar conversation comparing what we do in Combatives and Defensive Tactics to MMA and traditional martial arts systems. In particular they were saying they liked combative systems such as Systema, Krav Maga, and MCMAP (The U.S. Marine Corps Program) better than combat sports like MMA or the traditional martial arts.

  • Pacific NW News

    A selected excerpt from our latest newsletter by Sensei Sue Jennings at the KaishinKai Dojo in Centralia, WA.

  • Esoteric Principals of Judo

    Since the fundamental principle acquired through the practice of Jujitsu has been elevated to a finer 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 perfect one's character, one must be grateful for the abundant blessings of Heaven, Earth, and Nature, as well as for the great love of parents: one must realize his enormous debt to teachers and be ever mindful of his obligations to the general p

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