What is Jujitsu and what does it have to offer you?

Dragon.108171124_stdWhat sets Jujitsu training apart from other kinds of physical activity is the emphasis on the development of inner mental and emotional strength, self-mastery, goal-oriented thinking and the confidence you need to effectively handle life’s challenges. The training will assist you in living more masterfully and teach you to persevere until you reach and exceed your highest goals and potential.

While all the martial art traditions share certain customs and practices, they each demonstrate different attitudes, philosophies, and techniques. Jujitsu is an ancient form of unarmed self-defense, as well as a systematic approach to self-development. Since its essential principle JU, which means to yield or adapt under adverse circumstances, jujitsu arts depend upon balance, leverage momentum and timing rather than strength and size. Compared to most martial arts, jujitsu has a wider range of responses in encounters with an opponent.

DanZan Ryu Curriculum

DanZan Ryu Jujitsu training begins with basic stretching and strengthening exercises. Next, students learn rolls and falls that allow them to fall safely. The system is arranged into eleven lists of techniques, which teach the basics of balance, leverage and inertia. The first five lists are taught below black belt level: Yawara (basic holds and escapes), Nage No Kata (basic throwing arts), Shime No Kata (grappling arts), Oku No Kata (advanced combination arts) and Goshin Jitsu (self-defense arts). The remaining six lists, which are primarily taught to advanced students and black belts, include advanced combination techniques; defenses against gun, knife, staff and sword; demonstration arts; iron fan and yawara stick arts; kicks; strikes and a system of resuscitation and restorative massage techniques.

  • Goals of Training:
  • Develop useful physical skills
  • Enhance physical fitness
  • Provide self-defense skills
  • Encourage self-esteem and confidence
  • Provide leadership skills
  • Develop self-reliance
  • Enhance personal safety awareness
  • Provide a fun and stimulating environment
  • Develop flexibility, balance, and coordination
  • Enhance physical and intellectual development
  • Foster the idea that learning is fun
  • Develop concentration
  • Provide stress and tension release