Review of Danzan-ryu Jujitsu Videos: 

Yawara, Nage Te, Shime Te, Goshinjutsu, Oku No Te, and Yawara Stick

By Prof. Don Cross, M.Ed.

Reviewed by Brett Denison

$39.00 each (Oku No Te Videos are $59.00)

VCR Format Videos (1999)

Jujitsu-Do Productions


Being 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 similarities.  

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 Founder).   

Following 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. 

The 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. 

The 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. 

Overall 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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