Review of Danzan-ryu Jujitsu Videos:
Yawara, Nage Te, Shime Te, Goshinjutsu, Oku No Te, and Yawara Stick
Prof. Don Cross, M.Ed.
by Brett Denison
each (Oku No Te Videos are $59.00)
Format Videos (1999)
a long time practitioner of Nihon Jujutsu (Senshin-ryu), I have always been
interested in the history and lineage of the various Jujutsu systems. I have
been looking into the Danzan-ryu system, mostly out of curiosity because of the
parallels that one of my students pointed out between Danzan-ryu and
Senshin-ryu (he studied Danzan-ryu Jujutsu for 3 years while he was in college
in California), I then started looking at example techniques of Danzan-ryu that
I found on-line and decided to purchase these videos to continue to research the
presentation of the videos is very good; they come in hard VCR tapes cases, with
quality labeling. Each video begins
with an introduction and historical narrative relevant to the primary tape
subject and the linkage with Danzan-ryu and Henry Seishiro Okazaki (Danzan-ryu
the introduction Cross sensei begins the presentation and instruction in each of
the techniques (waza) on the respective lists, scrolls (maki) or boards are they
are known in Danzan-ryu. Each technique is preceded by a brief overview and
explanation of the technique, and then the techniques are demonstrated at normal
speed, then in slow motion. Following
this Cross sensei provides a detailed explanation of the technique, highlighting
all of the key movements with particular attention given to off-balancing
(kuzushi), entering (tsukuri), and execution (kake) of the technique.
Common variations (henka) are also demonstrated along with possible
self-defense applications of the techniques.
structure described above provides a smooth and easy to follow format for the
viewer. One recommendation would be
to include, possibly on the back dust cover of the tape case, the list of
techniques contained on the respective video.
Students actively studying Danzan-ryu would probably find this useful.
videos appear to be self-produced and filmed with a home video recorder on a
tripod, so they lack the high polish that would be expected of professionally
produced videos, but even this is not really a negative.
The tapes are filmed very well, the lighting and sound are good, and the
presentation of techniques are still made available from multiple angles through
repositioning of tori and uke. The
one quality that is not present, but would be expected of professionally
produced videos is a high price.
these are very good videos, and are very reasonably priced compared to other
similar videos on the market. I
highly recommend these to anyone interested in Nihon Jujutsu in general or
Danzan-ryu Jujutsu specifically.
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