Medford Judo Academy

Medford Judo Academy

Featuring Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Since 1960

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As students of Danzan Ryu, you're learning more than physical skills. You're studying an art rich in tradition and meaning. While we hope the techniques you learn are never needed outside of class, take the principles of Danzan Ryu with you everywhere you go.

Attention MJA Students: Here's where you can find your Student Research Paper questions.

In addition to the information you'll find here, you should become familiar with the history of Danzan Ryu and Medford Judo Academy, as well as Master Okazaki's Esoteric Principles (view at ajjf.org).



Etiquette

Some basics:

During class:

Bowing and sitting:



Safety

This is a physically demanding art, and there is certainly potential for injury. However, working safely is every student's and instructor's responsibility.



Principles

Master Okazaki called his dojo in Hawaii KoDenKan - the school of ancient tradition.  That tradition is where senior students teach the juniors.  As you advance in Danzan Ryu, you will have the opportunity to pass on your knowledge to others.

Basic Principles used in the practice of jujitsu:

Basic Goals are to develop and improve:

The 3 C's:
  • Courtesy
  • Confidence
  • Consideration
The 3 R's:
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Readiness
The 4 S's:
  • Safety
  • Science
  • Sportsmanship
  • Service


Japanese Vocabulary
Counting:

  1. Ichi
  2. Ni
  3. San
  4. Shi
  5. Go
  6. Roku
  7. Shichi
  8. Hachi
  9. Ku
  10. Ju
KoDenKan
KoDenKan
DanZan Ryu
DanZan Ryu

General vocabulary:

Common terms used in practicing techniques:

For an extensive list, including kanji (Japanese writing taken from Chinese characters), see this Danzan Ryu Vocabulary from danzan.com.



Adult Rank Requirements

Beginning ranks are counted in reverse order, from tenth level (jukyu) to first level (ikkyu). Dan, or black belt, ranks are counted in order from 1st degree black (shodan) to 10th degree (judan).  The title of professor may be given at the 6th degree level (rokudan).

All adult students begin as a white belt (sixth level; rokkyu).  Each rank advancement includes the requirements for all prior ranks.

Danzan Ryu Jujitsu's teaching system is based on selections of "Boards" - techniques categorized in lists. Discriptions and photos of most techniques are available on our website under the Techniques section. Also, Medford Judo Academy has produced an Audio "Flash Cards" CD which can help you learn the names and definitions of all your techniques.

Blue Belt (Gokyu)
2nd degree

Time in Grade:
3 months
rolls and falls
all of Yawara list
Deashi Harai (Nage)
O Goshi (Nage)
Seoi Nage (Nage)
Seoi Goshi (Nage)
Tsurikomi Goshi (Nage)
Ko Soto Gari (Kodokan)
Uchi Gari (Kodokan)
Ko Uchi Gari (Kodokan)
1st degree

Time in Grade:
3 months
one variation of each Yawara
Soto Gama (Nage)
Uchi Gama (Nage)
Ushiro Goshi (Nage)
Makikomi (Nage)
Uke Goshi (Kodokan)
Tawara Gaeshi (Kodokan)
Kube Nage (Kodokan)
Tai Otoshi (Kodokan)
Green Belt (Yonkyu)
Time in Grade:
6 months
2-3 variations of each Yawara
Sasae Ashi (Nage)
Okuri Harai (Nage)
Soto Momo Harai (Nage)
Uchi Momo Harai (Nage)
Utsuri Goshi (Nage)
Harai Goshi (Nage)
Hane Goshi (Nage)
Uke Otoshi (Nage)
Kani Sute (Nage)
Tomoe Nage (Nage)
Yama Arashi (Nage)
Ate Mi list
Keri Te list
Uke Te list

Here is a printable version of the Blue Belt (Gokyu) and Green Belt (Yonkyu) rank requirements.

(Higher rank requirements to come soon ...)



Kids Rank Requirements

All students begin as a white belt (jukyu).  Each rank advancement includes the requirements for all prior ranks.

Kids at Medford Judo Academy are taught effective, age-appropriate techniques.  Many techniques in Danzan Ryu are reserved for black belt ranks, and the minimum age to attain that level is 16.

Danzan Ryu Jujitsu's teaching system is based on selections of "Boards" - techniques categorized in lists. Discriptions and photos of most techniques are available on our website under the Techniques section. Kids requirements can be found on the NageKodokanYawara, and (for purple belts) Ate Mi boards.

In addition to the techniques listed here, students should know the Ukemi, or falling exercises.

Yellow Belt (Kukyu)
3rd degree Deashi Harai
O Soto Gari
Yawara 1-8
2nd degree Ko Soto Gari
Ko Uchi Gari
O Uchi Gari
O Goshi
Yawara 9-14
1st degree Uke Goshi
Kubi Nage
Soto Gama
Uchi Gama
Yawara 15-19
Orange Belt (Hachikyu)
3rd degree Seoi Nage
Ushiro Goshi
Morote Seoi Nage
One Variation of Yawara
Yawara 1-10
2nd degree Seoi Goshi
Morote Seoi Goshi
Uki Otoshi
Maki Komi
One variation of Yawara 11-19
1st degree Tsurikomi Goshi
Yama Arashi
Ura Nage
Morote Gari
2-3 variations of all Yawara
Purple Belt (Shichikyu)
3rd degree Tai Otoshi
Tawara Gashi
O Soto Garuma
Ate Mi 1-8
Keri Te 1-6
Uke Te 1-4
2nd degree

Basic "I" Kata:
Helon Kata #1
1st degree 2 Karate Katas:
Chin Ji
Ton Gun
Junior Blue Belt =
Gokyu
Goshin Jitsu

Here is a printable version of the kids rank requirements.