I began my study of Danzan Ryu JuJitsu in 1957 in Redding, CA. That was one year before the AJJF incorporated as the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation in 1958. I find it hard to believe that was 61 years ago. During that time I have never missed one of our annual conventions, and always look forward to the next one.
Throughout each year there are many local and regional events; however, the Convention is the AJJF’s premier event for all ranks. It’s a time of gathering together of old friends and acquaintances, and a time of forming new ones. It’s an awe inspiring thought to consider the thousands of hours of experience and training that are offered at that event through our Senior Instructors. The Convention is the perfect place and time to reap the benefit of those experiences. Highlights for me were the conversations and instruction I was able to have early in my career with the legendary founders of the AJJF.
The “Convention” has evolved from afternoon workouts at Prof. Law’s dojo with dinner at the Senator Hotel in Oakland, CA, to a multi-day event held in a variety of locations in areas of California, Idaho, Nevada, and now, Chicago. Meet those students that train in other parts of our great United States. I encourage you to be a part of our AJJF history and attend this year’s Convention.
Danzan Ryu is “a hidden secret of the Martial Arts World” and I feel fortunate to be still be a student!
Sr. Prof. Tom Ball