Sensei Ryan Shawgo began studying Danzan Ryu jujitsu in 2002 with Sensei Joshua Grant in Joshua's apartment in South Boston. They eventually moved to the MIT Kodenkan club to train as throwing and falling in the apartment was not possible. Ryan trained at MIT under the Club's co instrctors Stephen Balzac and Joshua Grant. In the spring of 2009, Joshua and Ryan moved to Brandeis University in Waltham, MA to begin a club there, Danzan Ryu Boston. DZR Boston moved to its current location, outside of a university environment, at 51 New St. Cambridge, in 2011. Ryan is currently a sandan (3Ed degree black belt) with the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation.
Ryan is also a Mod 1, 2 & 3 graduate from the DZR Seifukujitsu Institute and is a certified practitioner of the Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Restorative Therapies. He is also a certified instructor for the Mod 1 program and also maintains current certification in First Aid, CPR, athletic taping and trauma management.
Sensei Joshua Grant started his martial arts training with Chinese kenpo and kung-fu. In 1990, he began his jujitsu training with the Boston Guardian Angels, later being promoted to Chapter Leader and Martial Arts trainer for the group. He also helped train the Tokyo Guardian Angels while living in Japan in 2003. His study of DanZan Ryu jujitsu started in 1995 with Professor Tom Ryan at Palmetto Jujitsu and Healing Arts in Lexington, SC. Joshua received his shodan (1st degree black belt) from Sensei Ryan in 2003 and his yandan (4th degree) in 2012. Joshua currently studies Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu with Roy Goldberg Sensei. Joshua received the rank of Shodan in 2012.
Joshua is a Mod 1, 2 & 3 graduate from the DZR Seifukujitsu Institute and is a certified practitioner of Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Restorative Therapies. He also maintains current certification in First Aid, CPR, athletic taping and trauma management.