The Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute (DZRSI) is the AJJF group that manages the ongoing healing arts classes, teaching Danzan Ryu Restorative Therapy and Seifukujitsu. Last year the DZRSI Standards Committee made a commitment to attend regional events to teach healing arts when possible. If you would like a representative to attend your event, contact the DZRSI Administrator Ed Shatzen at healingarts@ajjf.org. The Committee will cover the cost of the travel to your event.

Sensei Misty Featherstone, working with a group of students, is testing a new program which takes advantage of technology to deliver some of the material remotely.

Since 1983 courses have been offered around the U.S. to teach Master Okazaki’s basic Kata and healing techniques. It is clear that we have not been able to serve our members in some regions. We needed a way to offer the classes that did not involve so much time and expense of traveling long distances (to attend for 8 weekends).

A combination of teaching the Kata in person and remotely means there is less travel involved. With cameras set up to monitor the students, in real-time, an instructor can give them feedback as they practice.

Lectures in Anatomy, Asian Medicine and Standards of Practice are offered online: as a reading assignment, or by video. Each short assignment is followed by a quiz, after which the next assignment is available to be studied. Misty has done a tremendous amount of work to put this together, and the work continues. All of this is still in the test phase – we need to evaluate how well it works before we start offering it to everyone. The hope is that this will be available sometime next year.

In Kokua,
Cynthia Frueh
Chair, Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute Standards Committee


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