American Judo and Jujitsu Federation
Benefits of AJJF Registration
The American Judo and Jujitsu Federation (AJJF) is a nonprofit,
tax-exempt corporation represented by Jujitsu,
Judo and other martial arts schools across the nation,
and the world.
Most individual registrants of the AJJF are associated with AJJF schools,
although this is not a requirement.
Registration in the AJJF is non-discriminatory.
The AJJF promotes the Danzan Ryu system of Jujitsu,
an effective system of self-defense that incorporates physical and
mental training within a philosophy of ethical and moral development.
As a registrant of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation,
you become part of a national organization that provides the many
benefits described below.
National Black Belt Ranks
The AJJF tests and certifies Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Black Belt ranks.
High standards of skill, knowledge, proficiency and ethical conduct
are required for a nationally recognized AJJF Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
Black Belt rank.
Hundreds of men and women
currently hold AJJF Black Belt ranks.
All AJJF registrants receive the AJJF's
free of charge.
This quarterly magazine features articles about the instructors
and students of the AJJF; the history of martial arts,
Danzan Ryu and the AJJF;
as well as general subjects of interest.
The Kiai Echo announces coming events
and contains minutes of organizational meetings.
The AJJF sponsors many clinics during the year,
usually on a regional basis.
In-depth classes encourage the exchange of information between
AJJF schools and individual registrants and teach the basic techniques
and philosophy of the Danzan Ryu system.
Black Belt conventions, Brown Belt weekend and summer camps
(in northern California and the Midwest)
are some of the many exciting offerings.
There are structured clinics in areas as diverse as
self-defense applications, and
Hundreds of Jujitsu students from all over the world attend the
AJJF's annual National Convention.
AJJF registrants, visitors from other martial arts systems, and
guest instructors gather for a long weekend of intensive study
and fellowship. Convention is a great opportunity to meet and
study with the high-ranking professors of the AJJF.
The AJJF sponsors tournaments and competitions under the
bringing martial artists together in the pure spirit of cooperation
and competition. Freestyle Contests are
unrehearsed self-defense demonstrations performed during three
one-minute rounds. Kata Contests are formal
demonstrations of the fundamental techniques of the
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu system.
Some AJJF schools host Judo Competitions,
featuring the international sport of Judo,
which orginated from Jujitsu.
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu founder Master Henry Okazaki was well known as
a massage therapist and healer.
His Long-Life Restorative Massage
is the core of the AJJF's National Massage Certification Program
in Danzan Ryu Restorative Therapy.
It is open to AJJF members who have a desire to learn and gain
proficiency in the ancient Japanese art of massage.
The basic program requires 150 hours to complete for practitioner level.
This program prepares students to do massage as a profession.
Graduate programs are available.
Master Henry Seishiro Okazaki
Henry S. Okazaki
was born in Japan on January 28, 1890.
He moved to Hawaii as a teenager and, at the age of 16,
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.
During the years 1927-28 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 (Seifukujitsu).
Kodenkan and Kokua
was the name of
Master Okazaki's school (dojo) in Hawaii.
The name Kodenkan
may be translated as
"The School of the Ancient Tradition"
"The School in Which Senior Students Transmit the Tradition"
Both translations are accurate.
The method of instruction requires senior students to teach less advanced
students in the spirit that Master Okazaki declared was inherent in the
: "to mutually help one another"
This spirit of Kokua
is the foundational philosopy of the AJJF.
AJJF Established in 1958
The American Judo and Jijitsu Federation (AJJF) traces its history from
Master Okazaki. Several of his students came to the mainland in the
late 1930's established schools and began teaching the techniques of
Danzan Ryu. Four of Master Okazaki's students, founders
wished to help fulfill Master Okazaki's dream of having a
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu school, in every state of the union.
They founded the AJJF, which was incorporated as a non-profit State of California corporation on May 21, 1958.
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu training begins with basic stretching and
Next, students learn rolls and falls that allow them to be thrown safely.
The system is arranged into eleven lists of techniques,
which teach the basics of balance, leverage and inertia.
The first five lists
are taught below Black Belt
(basic holds and escapes),
Nage No Kata
(basic throwing arts),
Shime No Kata
Oku No Kata
(advanced combination arts) and
The remaining six lists
which are primarily taught to advanced students and Black belts,
include advanced combination techniques;
defenses against gun, knife, staff and sword;
iron fan and yawara stick arts, kicks;
strikes and a system of resuscitation and restorative massage techniques.
If you have any questions about the AJJF or Danzan Ryu Jujitsu,
or you would like to register your School as an AJJF or Allied School,
please contact the
Central Office by E-mail at:
or send a note via US Mail to
American Judo and Jujitsu Federation
c/o Central Office Administrator
P.O. Box 596
Penryn, CA 95663