Ryu Jujitsu Heritage
KODENKAN of Phoenix martial arts dojo is dedicated to the many
esoteric principles set forth by Professor H. Seishiro Okazaki in
his famous "DANZAN-RYU" Jujitsu.
In this famous
photo, Professor Okazaki is seen in his Kodenkan dojo standing in
front of his "boards". These painted planks listed the
technique names from each of his Jujutsu katas. Shown here we see
(left to right) a portion of Nage no Kata, Shime no Kata, Oku no
Kata, Shinen (Shinnin) no Maki and Shinyo no Maki.
||Pictured here is Professor Okasaki's original Kodenkan dojo. The banners on the wall are the Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu technique boards. They are a compendium of all the Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu techniques required to be learned by each student for achieving the rank of Black Belt (Yudansha) and beyond.
historic photograph was taken in 1949 with Professor Okazaki
(seated) and Joseph Holck, aka Joichi Matsuno (standing) at the
famous Kodenkan dojo receiving
his Kaidensho Moku Roku (Instructor's Scrolls) from Professor
passed away in 1951. The grave of Prof. Okazaki in
is shown at the right.
The gentleman on the left in the
photograph below is the same person standing next to the late
Joseph Holck of the Kodenkan Yudanshakai is on the left side with
Glenn Medici, Sensei in the middle, and the late Professor Sig
Kufferath on the right side.
Kufferath passed away last year. Both he and Dai-Shihan Joe
Holck were students of the late Professor Okazaki and taught
classes together both before and after the death of
of Phoenix is proud to pass on the knowledge and heritage of the
many great teachers who have come before.
Holck, (seated on right) Sensei Glenn Medici (center) and Sensei
Marlene Medici carry on those traditions in teaching Danzan Ryu
Jujitsu, Shorin Ryu Karate, Kobudo (weapons) and associated