JoBu Shin Kan Mission Statement

To enhance our community and its citizens through the positive personal development skills of our training.

To provide a safe haven of positive energy and support for our student's mental and physical growth.

To provide inspiration of personal excellence through our example as
Black Belts both in and out of the dojo.

To ensure the long-term growth of the school and its staff by providing
professional student service and quality instruction
of the System of DanZan Ryu Jujitsu.

To propagate the desire of Master Okazaki to have his system taught
in every State in the United States by  turning out high quality Black Belt Students.

To maintain the traditions of Kodenkan.

The Dojo Philosophy

The original JoBu Shin Kan was opened officially February 1, 1987. Since then it has been growing and evolving steadily.  In 2003 Professor Estes left Eureka California and moved north to Gresham Oregon where he opened JoBu Shin Kan Hoku. The original dojo was left in the care of Sensei Jon Sylvia and Prof. Estes carried the name with him adding Hoku (north) to differentiate between the two schools.  The school name, JoBu Shin Kan, was chosen because it reflect Estes Sensei's understanding of the Esoteric Principles of DanZan Ryu Jujutsu, as put forth by the Founder, Prof. Okazaki.

JoBu Shin Kan translates to Superior Martial Spirit Hall or more broadly, School of the Strong Martial Spirit. Martial, as used in this context, is to stop conflict! Master Okazaki taught that DanZan Ryu was first a way for the development of the Perfection of Character and second a Self Defense System. To quote from the Esoteric Principles:
"Whatever the trials or dangers, even Hell under the upraised sword, remain calm and remember the doctrine imparted to you by your teacher...Only by cultivating a receptive state of mind, without preconceived ideas or thoughts, can one master the bold secret art of reacting spontaneously and naturally without hesitation and without purposeless resistance."
From a martial point of view, this state assures complete success self-defensively because you react from a clear mind, a mind not encumbered with the stains of the ego and it's aspects.
Then self-defense is a simple matter, because all of one's awareness can be directed to the task at hand instead of being scattered by such things as fear, desire to win at all costs, prejudice, etc. You then become free to make choices.

The purpose of the JoBu Shin Kan then is to teach you to discipline yourself until you control your mind. Not allowing your mind to control you.  Once you can achieve this state of training, then you can achieve Excellence in everything you do. Excellence in personal development, perfection of character, behavior and attitude.

Our mission at the JoBu Shin Kan is to help each student achieve their individual potential through Jujutsu. Jujutsu instruction should therefore be seen primarily as a means to a desirable end, not as an end in itself.