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Danzan Ryu Jujitsu is a complete and complex martial art system of Japanese and Hawaiian influence founded in the early 20th century by Master Henry Seishiro Okazaki. It incorporates a wide range of techniques from throwing and grappling to striking, joint locking and choking.
Jujitsu, or "Gentle Art", takes its meaning from the practitioner defending themselves from any number of attacks not by brute strength, but in yielding circular movements. While very physical martial art system is taught, the practitioner is also developing a mental calmness and clarity so that situations can be diffused without the need for violence.
The word Kodenkan can be translated as "School of Ancient Tradition" or "The School in Which Senior Students Transmit the Tradition." At Danzan Ryu Boston, senior students help the sensei to pass on the Ryu, or style, to the younger students. Once you have begun to learn a technique, you can expect to also begin teaching it to others. This will allow you to better internalize and practice the arts.
Danzan Ryu means Sandalwood Mountain Style. Sandalwood Mountain is the Chinese name for the Hawaiian Islands as it used to have large Sandalwood tree coverage.