Burbank Danzan Dojo

Burbank Danzan Dojo


Saw this and thought of you guys. Hui hou kakou.
We should be able to run without worrying about our safety. Unfortunately, runners do need to be aware. Spend a few hours with our friends at Burbank Danzan Dojo to develop an understanding of probable scenarios and realistic responses to them.
Thanks Burbank Danzan Dojo and Tough Cookie Training for educating our runners on safety and self-defense techniques.
These guys...
AJJF National Convention is being held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, NV. (Reno) The event is being hosted by Nibukikan and High Sierra Jujitsu. This years theme is "Mu - No Thing". Questions or comments please join the High Sierra Jujitsu Group page on Facebook. Our members will be happy to answer any questions about the area or the event. Reno has activities and venues for all ages and is within driving distance to several popular ski resorts. For those who are already planning on attending the event and will be driving into the area, I highly recommend the phone app CARR. This app will give you updated chain controls, road conditions, CHP incidents and live camera feeds from the Caltrans website.

Thank you,

High Sierra Jujitsu
something to listen to without distraction.
The Camp Kodenkan North schedule has been posted! Registration deadlines are also approaching fast:

This Sunday, May 31 - if you want to make sure you receive a t-shirt
Saturday, June 6 - to receive discounted registration packages

We've got a great variety of classes for students of all levels. Where else can you experience a four hour class on Kappo, cut targets with a sharp sword, take classes from throughout the DZR boards (and beyond) from AJJF Professors, and hang out at Senior Professor's ranch for days at a time?

Check out the latest schedule at: http://www.ajjf.org/events/campnorth/schedule.html

We'll see you there!
Our park
TBT 2008!
remember when Jeff use to kneel before he did his forward horse falls?..always reminded me of this:

Visit www.burbankjujitsu.com Today, Danzan Ryu is one of the most perfected styles of Budo taught outside Japan. Danzan isn't a sport.

Danzan Ryu Judo/Jujitsu includes escapes, locks, blocks, throws, strikes, kicks, submissions and weapon defense techniques. It is an extremely efficient system of personal-defense, as well as a path to greater self-awareness and health.

Operating as usual


How about a little kokua for those in Maui. Maui County Strong Fund () at: hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maui-strong (Funds to be used to make grants for immediate needs to organizations that are assisting community members that have lost their homes)

Hawaiสปi Red Cross () at: www.redcross.org/donate/donation (specify Maui Red Cross fire relief in the appropriate box)

Maui Food Bank () at: mauifoodbank.org (donations will support food relief efforts across Maui)

Burbank Danzan Dojo Visit www.burbankjujitsu.com


Local LA expand your mind-body arts with a session of grappling flow under the trees at the Tea house. Very limited slots so get your name in.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 08/04/2023

Mahalo Professor Belzer for teaching us about rolling, falling and training on the concrete.


Congratulations to Christian on his promotion to Green belt.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 07/23/2023

Wrapped up the Hawaiian ๐ŸŒบ Martial Arts Symposium in Campell, CA hosted by Kilohana and Professor Hans Ingebretsen. A bit of judo, Lua today.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 07/23/2023

Have had a great day training at the Hawaiian Martial Arts Symposium hosted by Professor Hans Ingebretsen.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 07/20/2023

Happy Birthday Professor Kimo Williams. Your mentorship has inspired many. Mahalo.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 07/18/2023

Another great class this weekend at Burbank Danzan Dojo. As part of our Jujitsu Self Defense course we asked Guru Manny to lead a class on knife defense.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 06/25/2023

Hey. Check it out. BDD had a great day a Professor Laneโ€™s Jujitsu at the Beach.


Congrats to Nico, Diane, and Russ on their promotions last night. Ma Ka Hana Ka โ€˜Ike

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 05/20/2023

Mahalo to Professor Colton for dropping in today.


Happy Birthday Professor Belzer!

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 05/03/2023

Prof Belzer throwing Sensei Matt Ermino (Burbank Danzan Dojo) during their opening demo at AJJF National Convention (Image 1: Photo by Dan Browning/Danzante Photography LLC)


Great pic of Professors Kimo Williams, Hans Ingebretsen, and Sensei Brian Sincomb at The AJJF National Convention


Got to co-instruct Oku with Professor Hodgkin during 2023 AJJF National Convention. Grateful for the opportunity and the students.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 04/30/2023

Just spent an amazing weekend at the AJJF National convention with some of my closest Danzan Ryu family! So grateful for the training and memories we created this weekend and the valuable insights we gained in our art


Kata is a means by which we transmit and pass on the wisdom of DZR. Practicing kata transmits the principles of our martial art; the footwork, stances, maโ€™ai, and timing.

Waza represents the application of those principles in dynamic and eventually spontaneous attacks. Waza requires an understanding of body mechanics, timing, threat assessment, and strategy, as well as constant practice to hone our skills.

Kata and waza are both essential in our journey of mastering DZR, we must strive to develop proficiency in both.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 04/21/2023

Danzan Healing night at BDD.



Typical Saturday at BDD. Kata and finding kata Waza

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 04/05/2023

Happy to have Professor Belzer drop in last night and work on Shime and Hazushis.


Shihan Jigoro Kano: The five principles of JUDO ๐Ÿฅ‹ ๆŸ”้“

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 03/16/2023

One of our students was injured and came to class anyway. She sat off the mat took notes and sketched us throughout the class. The ability to capture moving beings this way in a moment is amazing.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 03/12/2023

At Bubank Danzan Dojo, we have the Alakaโ€™i program. Alakaโ€™i are brown belts that desire to be leaders and seek opportunities to be of service to others in the dojo. Our tradition is to hike up the mountain overlooking Burbank and present the Title of Alakaโ€™i, symbolized by a brown Kokui Nut Lei. A Kokui nut leรญ is a lei of light and symbolizes the nature and intention of one who seeks to be of service. Maholo for your Kokua Jack and congrats!

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 03/12/2023

Few snaps from todays Yawara stick class


A brief moment from todays Yawara Stick class.


Congrats on your first promotion

More Incredible RAW Power Classes Coming Up Soon! 03/08/2023

This is great training, for real world chaos. Check it out.

More Incredible RAW Power Classes Coming Up Soon! Essential Tools 2:ย Ground Fighting & R**e Defenseย - 8 hours/2 sessions Foundation/Intro and Essential Tools 1 are prerequisites


In case you didnโ€™t know.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 02/19/2023

We had a special class today. Guru Manny dropped in and gave us his thoughts on striking and elevation changes.




Happy birthday Sensei Matt!
Weโ€™re thrilled you spend some of your valuable time with us!

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 01/28/2023

Burbank Danzan dojo working out back today. โ€™i


Happy Birthday to the founding father of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu

Seishiro "Henry" Okazaki (January 23, 1890 โ€“ July 12, 1951) was the founder of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. He was a Japanese American, legendary martial artist and gifted healer. Born in Kakeda, Date County in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, he immigrated to Hawaii in 1906. At the age of 19 he learned he had tuberculosis. Through hard training in the martial arts, Okazaki recovered completely and vowed to dedicate his life to propagating jujitsu and judo. From 1927 to 1928, Okazaki developed a complete, integrated martial arts system: Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. A synthesis of several older styles of jujitsu, Okazaki included in the system elements of his studies of Okinawan karate, Chinese kung-fu,Hawaiian Lua, Filipino knife fighting (escrima), boxing and wrestling, as well as traditional Japanese restorative massage and healing techniques (Seifukujutsu).

Okazaki initially faced opposition within the Japanese-American community for teaching outsiders Japanese martial arts. This changed after World War II. Like tens of thousands of other Japanese-Americans, Okazaki was interned during the war. Unlike others, however, his home and property were not looted; his students guarded them during the war. Upon their release, Okazaki helped support others in the Japanese-American community. For this he ultimately gained their respect.

Gradually, Okazaki developed a system comprising courses for men, women, and children. In his system, he stressed the ancient system of philosophical and moral training within the martial and restorative arts. He is credited with being the first to teach the full jujitsu course to non-Asians. He also taught perhaps the first women's self-defense course in the country. He founded the American Jujitsu Institute in the Territory of Hawaii in 1939. This is the original Danzan Ryu Jujitsu organization and remains in operation to the present day. In addition to his work in martial arts, he was also very well known for his healing arts.

Photos from Burbank Danzan Dojo's post 01/22/2023

Big day at BDD. Thanks to all who supported and came out today for our guest instructors and promotions. Mahalo to Professor Bill Randle, Prof. Mike Belzer, Prof. Jack Mauck, Prof. Geoff Lane, Prof. George Arrington, Prof. Hillary Kaplowitz, and via satellite Prof. Bob Hudson. Congrats to new Rokudan, Professor Kimo Williams, Congrats Sensei Brian Sincomb Promoted to Godan, and our dojo head Sensei Ray Scholl Promoted to Yodan.

Hawaiian Jujitsu Dojo

National Convention - The American Judo and Jujitsu Federation 01/08/2023

First one live/ in person since 2020.

National Convention - The American Judo and Jujitsu Federation Convention Registration Form Freestyle Contest Flyer THE AMERICAN JUDO AND JUJITSU FEDERATION INVITES YOU TO ATTENDTHE 2023 CONVENTION IS APRIL 28-30In Sacramento CA Convention 2023โ€™s theme is SAISEI! The meaning we believe is very timely due to all the dramatic events we all have been and cont....


Dojo: place of the way. Itโ€™s not a gym and it can be any where; as long as you are there. The place where we practice cultivating a receptive state of mind, without preconceived ideas or thoughts, to master the ability of reacting spontaneously and naturally without hesitation and without purposeless resistance. See you there.



"Don't teach me, show me!"


As we start 2023, good grounding for us.

๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ž๐˜†๐˜‚๐˜‡๐—ผ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ, ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป

๐Ÿ”ต Have no falsehood in mind.
Ruluctance or deceit are not conducive to the inner harmony required by Judo practice.

๐Ÿ”ต Do not lose self-confidence.
Learn to act wholeheartedly, without hesitation. Show reverance toward the practice of Judo, by keeping your mind in it.

๐Ÿ”ต Keep your balance.
The center of gravity follows the movement of the body. The center of gravity is the most important element in maintaining stablility. If it is lost, the body is naturally unbalanced. Thus, fix your mind so that your body is always in balance.

๐Ÿ”ต Utilize your strength efficiently.
Minimize the use of strength with the quickest movement of body. Acknowledge that what is called stillness and motion is nothing but an endlessly repeated process.

๐Ÿ”ต Donโ€™t discontinue training.
Mastery of Judo cannot be accomplished in a short time. Since skills depend on mental and physical application, constant training is essential.

๐Ÿ”ต Keep yourself humble.
If you become self-centered, you will build a wall around yourself and lose your freedom. If you can humble yourself in preparation for an event you will surely be better able to judge and understand it. In a match, you will be able to detect the weak point of your opponent and easily put him/her under control.

๐‘‡๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘โ„Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘’, ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก.
๐ด๐‘๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘โ„Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™, ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก, ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘›-๐‘š๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘›, ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘.
๐ผ๐‘› ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘‘๐‘œ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ .
โ€ฆ..๐พ๐‘ฆ๐‘ข๐‘ง๐‘œ ๐‘€๐‘–๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘’

Picture: Mifune (left) in training with Kanล

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Burbank Danzan Dojo teaches Professor Okazaki's Hawaiian-style Jujitsu and healing arts.

Danzan students learn comprehensive martial arts skills such as striking, kicking, escaping, joint locking, trapping, throwing, grappling, weapon disarms and applications (stick, knife, gun, staff, sword, cord and others) as well as mental/spiritual preparedness.

Traditional Jiujitsu is a Japanese strategy of combat, relying on skill and technique rather than strength and aggression. Along with traditional Jiujitsu, Professor Okazaki incorporated the Chinese Kenpo, Hawaiian Lua and Filipino Eskrima he studied in the islands. The result is a unique blend of Asian-Hawaiian fighting skills that makes for outstanding personal-defense.

Mastering the Danzan ryu (style) demands focused, slow and purposeful practice... cultivating both control and precision..

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3201 W Verdugo Avenue
Burbank, CA

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