Danzan ryu Jujitsu (Jiu-Jitsu) is a Hawaiian-Japanese Jujutsu system founded by H.S. Okazaki in the 1920s.  It combines Japanese Jujutsu techniques of Yoshin Ryu, Iwaga Ryu, and Kosogabe Ryu mastered by Okazaki while in Hawaii. He combined the Jujitsu with other arts on the island to form his Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. Outside the physical techniques, the Hawaiian spirit of aloha can be found in the art with importance of Ohana (family) and Kokua (to share).

We offer a well rounded martial art with a focus on self defense, yet functional in your daily life. Our curriculum offers a balanced approach to martial training that covers standing joint locks, throws, chokes and submissions, weapon defense, and healing (Kappo and Seifukujutsu). You not only learn defensive techniques for yourself, but controlling techniques that won’t injure your opponent. This is what separates martial arts training from a weekend self defense course that resonates in the dojo (training hall) and extends to your everyday life.  

Self-defense through perfection and application of technique is our primary focus. Application of technique is applied through creative drills and lessons.  Flow drills are used to help develop smooth transitions and confidence in applying techniques.  Newaza (ground fighting) and tachiwaza (free form sparring with throws) come only when you are ready.  This is to further build confidence in your application of techniques.  Our goal is to finish a technique quickly and get away from the situation.


Self-improvement in martial arts is the development of your total self that comes from your Jujitsu training.  “Satori through waza” is the enlightenment from your training that involves movement and application.  Confidence and humility are made self-aware through your accomplishments and self-reflection on areas where you need improvement.  No-one needs to tell you the obvious in what you discover during randori (sparring/rolling) or daily lessons.  Our instructors are simply there to serve by suggesting better approaches on your road to success.

What I like about about Jujitsu system is our balanced approach to traditional values and modern application.  The attention to detail becomes a habit and transfers to all areas of your life.  I.e. The way you keep a clean and unwrinkled Gi (uniform) takes hold in your personal grooming.  The respect and care you show your training partners for their safety becomes the respect you show others everyday.  The confidence as your ability means you have no interest in proving yourself outside the dojo, since you already know the answer.  Self-improvement is ongoing and is the cultivation of the total self over time.