President's Message 

JuJitsu America’s legacy is rooted in traditional Kodenkan Danzan Ryu JuJitsu, with an emphasis on "progressive diversity." This diversity, combined with a steadfast commitment to maintaining the integrity of our roots, is now and has always been a key factor in distinguishing JuJitsu America from other organizations.

With the passing of so many of our Danzan Ryu and JuJitsu America elders, our organization has reached an important crossroad.  It is imperative that this next generation perpetuates not only the techniques, but also the tradition and culture of JuJitsu America.  This effort, in part, entails fostering greater unity within the organization, inclusion of all of the varied traditions and techniques of our members, and openness to learning from other martial artists, both within and outside of JuJitsu America. 

In my role as President of this esteemed organization, I will do my best to perpetuate the progressive diversity and the ongoing exchange of ideas that has kept it vital and growing. In the tradition of Danzan Ryu, I will do my best to give back to the organization that has given me so much, and call upon you, the members, to do the same.

Mahalo Nui Loa
Prof. Richard Bunch

President, JuJitsu America




We are very sad to announce the passing of The Great Grandmaster, James DeMile.  Sifu James DeMile was a no less than a legend, being one of Bruce Lee's original students.  He  started his Martial Art career with Bruce in Seattle in 1959.  Before that, he was an undefeated Heavy Weight Boxer in the Air Force.  Sifu DeMile authored several books on the One Inch Punch, including "Bruce Lee's 1 and 3 Inch Power Punch".  He was a huge proponent of JuJitsu America and will be greatly missed.  


Kodenkan Danzan Ryu - A Dynamic Fighting Style  

     Kodenkan Danzan Ryu is a diverse and robust style of Jujitsu.  Professor Okazaki, the founder of KDR, was ahead of his time, creating a combative, utilitarian art.  He was one of many early pioneers of MMA, competing in No-Holds-Barred prize fights in the early 1920’s.  Most notably he fought Kayo Morris in Hilo, Hawaii on May 19, 1922.  The fight consisted of six, three-minute rounds.  Kayo Morris was a Wrester and Boxer while Okazaki represented Jujitsu.

     Below is a quote from the Hilo Daily Tribune dated May 19, 1922 entitled “Morris Had No Chance Against Jujitsu Expert”

“Okazaki threw his opponent to the mat and with an arm lock, which wrenched the muscles of Morris’ right arm and forced him to throw up the sponge.*  At first sight, it looked as if Morris’ arm was broken, but after an examination by Dr. S. R. Brown, who was present in the audience, it was found that the muscles were merely badly wrenched.”

     Today, KDR continues to be a dynamic and utilitarian Martial Art system.  It is steeped in tradition, yet focuses on diversity and combat effectiveness.  As practitioners, we all must strive to maintain the integrity of the art by emphasizing this diversity.  We, as true KDR practitioners, should not just practice kata or self-defense or just compete in tournaments.  We should embrace and respect the art in its entirety, just as Okazaki intended, practiced and taught.   

*The term "throw up the sponge" means to give up a contest.  The term comes from the early prize fighting days and has been replaced by "throw in the towel".

Jujitsu America Member Benefits




JUJITSU AMERICA is one of the premier jujitsu organizations in the world today and has been serving the martial arts community since 1976. JUJITSU AMERICA has members throughout the United States and from around the world. One of the primary goals of JUJITSU AMERICA is to bring together martial artists representing many different styles of jujitsu and other martial arts, to train and develop together, and to share knowledge and appreciation of the martial arts within the organization and throughout the greater martial arts community.

Our focus within JUJITSU AMERICA is on lifelong training, development, and sharing of knowledge among all our members.

Membership Benefits:

  • National and regional events discounted for JA members, Seminars, Regional Clinics, Sport Jujitsu, Freestyle, and Kata  
  • Certified, well-respected belt ranking
  • The opportunity to train with renowned martial arts experts representing several styles of Jujitsu, Judo, and other martial arts.
  • Instructor Certification
  • Sport Jujitsu Referee Certification Program 
  • Massage Certification, recognizing successful completion of designated requirements for restorative massage therapy.
  • US Judo Association (USJA) & Jujitsu America (JA) Joint Club Membership Benefits deliver special benefits for clubs that join both organizations.


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