Traditional DanZan Ryu

Training Structure

Shoden, Chuden, Okuden, and Kuden

SHO DEN

(Beginning level)

YAWARA

NAGE

JOKYU YAWARA

SHIME

YAWARA TE

Yawara can be translated many different ways, but its primary translation is "soft." Yawara was also an older name for Jujitsu.

Our Yawara list consists of twenty techniques using principles of pry, leverage, fulcrum; and more esoteric applications such as circular motion, blending into aggression, etc.

This list has its roots in a style of Aikijitsu known as Daito Ryu Aikijitsu. Today it stands alone as a list because Okazaki took these original types of techniques and organized then into his own particular progression and corresponding meaning.

It is said that Jujitsu begins and ends with Yawara. Well, this is very true, and for a lot of reasons. One of the more obvious is that it teaches you anatomical knowledge which is an absolute must in Jujitsu. Yawara also proves that knowledge or technique will win out against strength. Knowing how to apply a lock and also to release that hold again is an absolute must in Jujitsu.

Yawara, as it is given to you, is just a fundamental list. The variations thereof are somewhere in the thousands. Aikido is also a system of completely composed of Yawara.

If you can master the list of Yawara, you've mastered half of DanZan Ryu Jujitsu. The other half consists of Nage No Kata; and in combining the two lists, you actually have a complete system of Jujitsu.

As for "Ki", this list bears out the theory that internal strength is superior and that proper application of natural motion will release the energy that exists inside of you. Therefore, we can say that Yawara develops Ki.

YAWARA TE

1. KATATE HAZUSHI ICHI

Single Hand Escape

   

2. KATATE HAZUSHI NI

Single Hand Escape

   

3. RYOTE HAZUSHI

Two Hand Escape

   

4. MOROTE HAZUSHI

Multiple Hand Escape

   

5. MOMIJI HAZUSHI

Red Maple Leaf

   

6. RYOERI HAZUSHI

Two Lapel Escape

   

7. YUBI TORI HAZUSHI

Finger Lock Escape

   

8. YUBI TORI

Finger Lock

   

9. MORO YUBI TORI

Multiple Finger Lock

   

10. KATATE TORI

Single Hand Lock

   

11. RYOTE TORI

Two Hand Lock

   

12. AKUSHU KOTE TORI

Handshake Bent Wrist

   

13. AKUSHU UDE TORI

Handshake Arm Lock

   

14. AKUSHU KOTEMAKI TORI

Handshake Bent Wrist Winding Lock

   

15. TEKUBI TORI ICHI

Wrist Lock

   

16. TEKUBI TORI NI

Wrist Lock

   

17. RYOERI TORI

Two Lapel Lock

   

18. IMON TORI

Chest Lock

   

19. KUBI NUKI SHIME

Neck constriction Submission

   

20. HAGAI SHIME

Wing Submission

 

NAGE NO KATA

THROW-WITH-FORM or Throwing Forms--meaning forms of doing throws in their

proper sequence and effect.

This is the way Master Okazaki introduced and taught basic throwing techniques. It is important to remember Kata is the formal way to announce this list. You may call the arts wazas or techniques.

Okazaki taught them in a formal manner to orient you properly. As you gain control, you begin to understand the principles and actions behind these arts.

Also, Okazaki's system is an internal system in that he wished you to investigate your mind, feelings, and intent as you do these arts. In this way we discipline our body and mind. Therefore, we can say this list introduces the important concepts of self-control. Study these thoughts and feelings each and every time you do Jujitsu wazas.

 

NAGE NO KATA

1. DEASHI HARAI

Advanced Foot Sweep

   

2. SASAE ASHI

Propped Foot

   

3. OKURI HARAI

Sending Sweep

   

4. SOTO GAMA

Outside Sickle

   

5. UCHI GAMA

Inside Sickle

   

6. SOTO MOMO HARAI

Outside Thigh Sweep

   

7. UCHI MOMO HARAI

Inside Thigh Sweep

   

8. O'GOSHI

Major Hip

   

9. UTSURI GOSHI

Changing Hip

   

10. SEOI NAGE

Shoulder Throw

   

11. USHIRO GOSHI

Rear Hip

   

12. SEOI GOSHI

Shoulder Hip

   

13. TSURIKOMI GOSHI

Lifting-Pulling Hip

   

14. HARAI GOSHI

Sweeping Hip

   

15. HANE GOSHI

Springing Hip

   

16. UKI OTOSHI

Floating Drop

   

17. MAKIKOMI

Winding Cloth (Pulling)

   

18. KANE SUTE

Crab Drop

   

19. TOMOE NAGE

Circle Throw

   

20. YAMA ARASHI

Mountain Storm

 

SHIME NO KATA

Okazaki designed the boards so you went from pins to chokes to arm bars (Oku).

In these arts you must learn to use your whole body. Your legs and arms, hips back, even toes must be used cohesively.

You must apply your strength in the form of relaxation which means you must not concentrate it. Rather you must distribute it according to the action taken against you, or the attack you're mounting.

Apply your strength "rhythmically." This is the attitude learned in this board. This means being able to move continuously to prevent the opponent from getting loose. You must move freely so you will be able to use your motion, balance, leverage to your greatest advantage.

Some pins require tensing. You must tense in your lower abdomen for power.

If you feel you are not in a strong position in your attempt for a hold or when in one, remain steadfast and calm as a new opening will show.

If your opponent had you in a pin, attack his weak points and use ALL parts of your body: elbows, hips, toes, fingers, etc.

Conserve energy! Don't be wasteful in your movements. Be patient and trust your technical knowledge.

Don't force openings. This is contrary to the principle of "ju." But also know when to strike!

Again, it is most important to be able to shift from technique to technique. Only when you can do this will you be able to understand Shime and some of the subtler moves of Jujitsu.

 

GOSHIN JITSU

1. KATAERI HAZUSHI Single Lapel Escape

 

2. KATATE TORI NI Second Single Hand Hold

 

3. KATATE TORI SAN Third Single Hand Hold

 

4. EMON TORI NI Second Chest Hold

 

5. KATA MUNE TORI Single Chest Hold

 

6. UDE TORI Arm Hold

 

7. GENKOTSU UDE TORI First Arm Hold

 

8. UDE GYAKU Arm Reverse

 

9. NININ KOTE GARAMI Two Man Wrist Entanglement

 

10. KATERI TORI Single Lapel Hold

 

11. KOTEMAKI TORI Wrist Wind Hold

 

12. USHIRO GYAKU Rear Reverse

 

13. KOTE SHIGRAMI Wrist Fist Entanglement

 

14. KATA HAGI Single Lapel Hold

 

15. TEKUBI SHIGRAMI Hand Neck Fist Entanglement

 

16. GENKOTSU OTOSHI Fist Drop

 

17. HON GYAKU Basic Reverse

 

18. USHIRO DAKI NAGE Rear Embracing Throw

 

19. MAE DAKI NAGE Front Embracing Throw

 

20. KATA GRUMA Shoulder Wheel

 

21. HIKI OTOSHI ICHI First Pulling Drop

 

22. OSAEGAMI NAGE ICHI First Hair Pulling Throw

 

23. OSAEGAMI NAGE NI Second Hair Pilling Throw

 

24. KESA NAGE Scarf Throw

 

25. ASHI SHIGARMI Foot Entanglement

 

CHU DEN

(Middle level)

OKU NO KATA

KIAI NO MAKI

(These arts are not in this reference,

and are given to the student at

sensei's discretion)

 

 

OKU DEN

(Deeper Level)

SHININ NO MAKI

SHINYO NO MAKI

(Shinin is a list of arts given in preparation

for Shodan. Shinyo is a list of Instructor's

arts; these are never shown to

the general public.)

 

 

KU DEN

(Mouth to Ear Level)

SHINGEN NO MAKI

(Shingen is a list of secret arts

taught only by the Senior Professor of

Kodenkan Jujitsu- AJJF to those

deemed worthy.)

 

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