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Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Heritage

The 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. 


Shihan Joe Holck receiving his Moku Roku This 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 Okazaki

Professor Okazaki passed away in 1951.   The grave of Prof. Okazaki in Makiki Cemetery is shown at the right.

The gentleman on the left in the photograph below is the same person standing next to the late professor  60+ years later.     


Shihan Joe Holck, O'Sensei Medici, Professor Sig Kufferath Dai-Shihan 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.  

Professor 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 Professor Okazaki


Kodenkan of Phoenix is proud to pass on the knowledge and heritage of the many great teachers who have come before.  

Dai-Shihan Joseph 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 healing arts.  

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