Danzan Ryu Jiu-jitsu
As written on www.danzan.com :
Danzan-Ryu Ju Jitsu is a synthesis of the best techniques of the ancient jujitsu schools (Yoshin, Kosogabe, Shibukawa-Ryu, Yoshin-Ryu, Namba-Shoshin-Ryu), Okinawan Karate, Chinese Kung-Fu, Hawaiian Lua, Filipino knife fighting, and traditional Japanese restorative massage and healing techniques. It was developed by Professor Henry S. Okazaki whose school, the Kodenkan, was headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Kodenkan translates to The School of Ancient Tradition or The School in which Senior Students Transmit the Tradition. Both are accurate translations, in that Danzan-Ryu is based on ancient jujitsu schools, and the method of instruction requires that senior students teach junior students in the spirit that Okazaki declared was inherent in the Hawaiian word kokua.
Professor Sig Kufferath (pictured on the left) was Professor Okazaki’s senior student, and in 1952 become the Headmaster of the Danzan-Ryu system. Professor Kufferath’s has had a profound influence on the Martial Art world, propagating the teachings of Professor Okazaki, and giving the gift of Hawaiian Kenpo and Jujitsu to a veritable sea of students.
Professor Hans Ingebretsen studied Danzan Ryu under Professor Sig Kufferath for 14 years, attaining a 6th-degree black belt, and was awarded his Renshi teaching licence by the Professor himself.
Inayan Kadena de Mano Escrima
Kadena de Mano literally translated means “Chain of Hand”. Kadena de Mano is the primary open hand and knife system within Inayan Eskrima, founded by Mangisursuro Michael Inay, and currently led by Guro Jason Inay. Kadena is one of the most complex styles taught within Inayan Eskrima due to its training drills and it’s ability to flow from one theory to another. Knife defenses, open hand counters, trapping skills and nerve strikes are cornerstones of this style.
Kaihewalu Ohana Lua
The secret of Lua was broken in the early 1920’s in the city of Hilo, Hawai’i. Professor Henry Okazaki learned Lua from a Hawaiian man from Hilo on the big Island. With the permission of the Hawaiian Kumu (Lua instructor) Professor Okazaki converted the Lua he learned and transferred this Ancient Hawaiian Martial Art (Lua) into his Danzen Ryu System.
‘Õlohe Kaihewalu believes before any Lua Grappling starts, the Lua student must learn how to use his forehead, shoulder, chest, elbow, forearm, wrist, palm hand, fingers, hips, knee, ball of foot, heel of foot, and the very ground itself. The Lua student must train hard and learn how to use these body parts, placing them to cause the dislocation of the joints.
‘Õlohe Kolomona Solomon Kaihewalu was born on December 2, 1935 in the Palama Settlement of Oahu, Hawai’i. At the age of 3 he began his training with his father in the Kaihewalu family art of Hawaiian Lua. After studying for approximately 10 years, he began assisting his father instructing the Lua to the Kaihewalu family bloodline. From 1955 to present day, ‘Õlohe Kaihewalu has and still continues to train and teach his family art of Kaihewalu Lua to martial artists worldwide.
Professor Hans Ingebretsen is ranked Hapa Lima Kekele’ele’ele (fifth degree black belt) in the Kaihewalu family lua system, and is a kumu lua (instructor) of the art. He has worked extensively with ‘Olohe to propagate Kaihewalu Lua, and his passion for the art of Lua is evident in his teaching.
Kodokan Judo was founded by Jigoro Kano, who as a youth began practicing jujutsu* as a way to strengthen his frail body. Kano studied both the Tenjin Shinyo-ryu and Kito-ryu styles of classical jujutsu, eventually mastering their deepest teachings, and supplemented this training with an avid interest in other combative forms as well. Integrating what he considered the positive points of these with his own ideas and inspirations, he established a revised body of physical technique, and also transformed the traditional jujutsu principle of “defeating strength through flexibility” into a new principle of “maximum efficient use of physical and mental energy.” The result was a new theoretical and technical system that Kano felt better matched the needs of modern people.
Ku’i Lima Kenpo
Ku’i Lima Kenpo is a syncretic Martial Art that has roots in Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu, Ken Ju Ryu Kenpo Ju Jitsu, Inayan Kadena De Mano, and Hawaiian Lua. Practical work involves conditioning, kata, self-defense techniques and sparring. Asc. Professor Hans brings all of his years of experience to bear in teaching and developing Ku’i Lima Kenpo, and that experience shows in the quality of the teaching and the effectiveness of the martial art.