Danzan Ryu Training Structure

Shoden

(Beggining Level)

Yawara  (Techniques of Gentleness)  - 20 Techniques

Nage Te  (Throwing Techniques) - 20 Techniques

Goshin Jitsu  (Techniques of Self-Defense) - 28 Techniques

Shime Te  (Constriction Techniques) - 25 Techniques

Chuden

(Middle Level)

Oku Te  (Deeper Techniques) - 25 Techniques

Kiai No Maki  (Scroll of Spirit Shout) - 57 Techniques

Okuden

(Deeper Level)

Shinnin No Maki  (Scroll of Confidence) - 35 Techniques

Shinyo No Maki  (Scroll of Positive Spirit) - 28 Techniques

Kuden

(Mouth to Ear Level)

Shingen No Maki  (Scroll of the Original Mind/Spirit) - 42 Techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shoden

(Beginning Level)

Chuden

(Middle Level)

Okuden

(Deeper Level)

Kuden

(Mouth to Ear Level)

Yawara can be translated many different ways, but its primary translation is "soft." Yawara was also an older name for Jujitsu.

 

Our Yawara list consists of twenty techniques using principles of pry, leverage, fulcrum; and more esoteric applications such as circular motion, blending into aggression, etc.

 

This list has its roots in a style of Aikijitsu known as Daito Ryu Aikijitsu. Today it stands alone as a list because Okazaki took these original types of techniques and organized then into his own particular progression and corresponding meaning.

 

It is said that Jujitsu begins and ends with Yawara. Well, this is very true, and for a lot of reasons. One of the more obvious is that it teaches you anatomical knowledge which is an absolute must in Jujitsu. Yawara also proves that knowledge or technique will win out against strength. Knowing how to apply a lock and also to release that hold again is an absolute must in Jujitsu.

 

Yawara, as it is given to you, is just a fundamental list. The variations thereof are somewhere in the thousands. Aikido is also a system of completely composed of Yawara.

 

If you can master the list of Yawara, you've mastered half of DanZan Ryu Jujitsu. The other half consists of Nage No Kata; and in combining the two lists, you actually have a complete system of Jujitsu.

 

As for "Ki", this list bears out the theory that internal strength is superior and that proper application of natural motion will release the energy that exists inside of you. Therefore, we can say that Yawara develops Ki.