Where do you meet?
When do you meet?
When can I start?
What should I wear to my first class?
Will I get hurt?
How much does it cost?
How do the belt rankings work?
Do you have a children's class?
I'm moving to (insert place), where are there Danzan Ryu Jujitsu dojos?
What does Sankei Renshuujo mean?

I studied another martial art, will that help?
What is the difference between Brazilian Jujitsu and Danzan Ryu Jujitsu?
Will you train me to fight in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Tournament?

Where/when do you meet?
We used to meet at the University of Colorado in Boulder, but due to a lack of space on campus, we have moved further south and joined with the Ridge Recreation Center in Littleton: http://www.ifoothills.org/registration/listing.asp

When can I start?
Beginners are welcome to join at any time. Classes are led by a black belt instructor and run in such a way that the more senior students aid in the learning of the junior students, so you're never really "behind". If you would like to take the class please register at the Ridge, visit our schedule page, or contact the instructor for more information.

What should I wear to my first class?
Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn for the first few classes. Sweats and a t-shirt are perfectly fine, but jeans or anything with buttons/zippers should be avoided. Old gi's (uniforms) from previous martial arts are also acceptable provided they are of sufficient strength. After a few classes, when you have decided to make a commitment, a judo gi may be purchased through the club at a reasonable cost.

Will I get hurt?
Martial Arts are inherently dangerous and the potential exists to get hurt. Our dojo makes every effort to maintain the safest possible environment. Students are taught at their own pace with safety taking priority. In fact, many of the arts taught to a new student on his/her first night of class are specifically to protect the student from being hurt.

This class sounds amazing, but how much does it cost?
Less than you might think and certainly less than most commercial dojos. Our class fee is $55 per month if you live in the Foothills Parks and Recreation District. All students must also be a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in order for our insurance to be valid. Membership includes a personal health and accident policy in case you get hurt. The cost is pretty minimal at $27 for adults and $14 for youth per YEAR! That's it. No contracts.

Our dojo is not for profit. All income from class fees goes to support the dojo (school) including purchase and maintenance of mats, gear, practice equipment, etc. None of our instructors are paid, but work on a volunteer basis because they love martial arts and everything martial arts have to offer.

How do the belt rankings work?
Jujitsu belt ranks are different than those more commonly seen in Karate or Tae Kwon Do. However, the rankings for Danzan Ryu are fairly consistent throughout the greater DZR community. They are:
Jukyu (white belt)
Rokyu (2nd degree blue belt)
Gokyu (1st degree blue belt)
Yonkyu (green belt)
Sankyu (3rd degree brown belt)
Nikyu (2nd degree brown belt)
Ikkyu (1st degree brown belt)
Shodan (1st degree black belt)

*Note that ranks between Jukyu (10th class) and Rokyu (6th class) exist, but are generally reserved for children.

Do you have a children's class?
At this time we only have an adult class consisting of ages 13 and up. Exceptions may be made for exceptionally mature children or when a parent is taking the class with the the child. Special cases may be considered, but are ultimately at the discretion of the sensei. A children's curriculum exists and a class may be added in the future as resources allow.

I'm moving to (insert place), where are there Danzan Ryu Jujitsu dojos?
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu is practiced all over the world. Usually there is a dojo near by. These sites have dojo lists as well as a wealth of other information:
The American Judo & Jujitsu Federation
The Christian Jujitsu Association
The Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Home Page

If you can't make it to our dojo in Littleton, here are some other Danzan Ryu Jujitsu dojos in the Denver area:
Red Dragon Jujitsu-Littleton, CO
Denver Budokai-Broomfield, CO
Colorado Kodenkan-Brighton, CO
Kokua Jujitsu Kai-Fort Collins, CO

What does Sankei Renshuujo mean?
Sankei Renshuujo is the name of our dojo. Sankei means "mountain path" and is symbolized in the school emblem as a river winding down the path from a temple. Renshuujo is a slightly different version of the word school in that it is more precisely translated as "training school" or "place of practice". Thus Sankei Renshuujo can be translated as Mountain Path School. The mountains and river are symbolic of the landscape in the Rocky Mountains where the Sankei Renshuujo is rooted. The Sankei Renshuujo prides itself on maintaining the true tradition of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu as set forth by Master Okazaki and Professors Bud Estes, Dick Rickerts, Ray Law, and Gene Edwards.

I took Karate/Tae Kwon Do/Judo will that be of aid to me in my training?
Although no experience is necessary, students who have previous martial arts experience often do well in Danzan Ryu. You may also wear an old gi to the class provide it is of sufficient strength to handle Judo throws.

What is the difference between Brazilian Jujitsu (or Jiu-jitsu) and Danzan Ryu?
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the more general name for any number of Gracie styles of Jujitsu and is actually a derivative of Judo, which is a derivative of traditional Japanese Jujitsu. Thus, it could be said that DZR and Brazilian share the same roots. However, Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses primarily on mat work and conditioning. It was made popular in the United States during Royce Gracie's run of the early Ultimate Fighting Championships in the mid 90s. Advanced practitioners of Danzan Ryu will find that the same arts in Brazilian Jujitsu are a subset of Danzan Ryu. That is, Danzan Ryu includes a great deal of mat work, but also has the many other aspects mentioned in What We Teach.

Will you train me to fight in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Tournament?
No. That's not what we do. While the arts you learn in our martial art could be applied in an MMA tournament (and a great deal more that would get you disqualified), the focus of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu is self defense and the perfection of character. Please see our section on Philosophy. Our arts are to be used in the defense of oneself or in the defense of other innocent persons. However, for those desiring to compete, we do have multiple forms of competition including Judo, Freestyle, Kata, and Karate.