Like Nothing Else.
Henry S. Okazaki was born in Japan on January 28, 1890. He moved to Hawaii as a teenager and, at the age of 16, learned he had tuberculosis. Through hard training in the martial arts, Okazaki recovered completely and vowed to dedicate his life to propagating Jujitsu and Judo.
During the years 1927-28 Okazaki developed a complete, integrated martial arts system: Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. A synthesis of several older styles of Jujitsu, Okazaki included in the system elements of his studies of Okinawan Karate, Chinese Kung-Fu, Hawaiian Lua, Filipino Knife Fighting (Escrima), Boxing and Wrestling, as well as traditional Japanese Restorative Massage and Healing Techniques (Seifukujitsu).
The Kodenkan was the name of Master Okazaki’s school (dojo) in Hawaii. The name Kodenkan may be translated as “The School of the Ancient Tradition” or as “The School in Which Senior Students Transmit the Tradition”. Both translations are accurate. The method of instruction requires senior students to teach less advanced students in the spirit that Master Okazaki declared was inherent in the Hawaiian word Kokua: “to mutually help one another”. This spirit of Kokua is the foundation & philosophy of Danzan Dojo.