Skip to main content
Danzan Ryu Origin Stories

Danzan Ryu Origin Stories

By Professor Hillary Kaplowitz
Welcome to Danzan Ryu Origin Stories. In movies, television, books, especially comic books, we often get to learn the character's backstory to find out why they are the way they are - like how a superhero got their superpower. Knowing their "origin story" is important so we can understand their role in the story. Learning about how our DZR Sensei started training - their "origin stories" - helps us to document this part of our oral history and provides some insight and inspiration about training in the martial arts.

Hosted by Professor Hillary Kaplowitz, Sensei of Pacific JuJitsu Kai.
Professor Marty Brzykcy
We are joined by Professor Marty Brzykcy of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of Mushinkan in Buffalo, New York.
20:26
July 05, 2022
Professor Troy Shehorn
We are joined by Professor Troy Shehorn of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sempai of Medford Judo Academy in Phoenix, Oregon. 
12:41
May 16, 2022
Professor Kevin Colton
We are joined by Professor Kevin Colton of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of Santa Clarita Valley School of Jujitsu in Santa Clarita, California.
21:48
February 16, 2022
Professor Robert Hodgkin
We are joined by Professor Robert Hodgkin of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Co-Sensei of the Shin Budo Kai in Lehi, Utah.
11:52
December 27, 2021
Professor Tom Hill
We are joined by Professor Tom Hill of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of Shum pu kan Dojo in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
19:57
October 07, 2021
Professor Sheryl Hager
We are joined by Professor Sheryl Hager of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of the Redding Jujitsu Academy in Redding, California.
19:00
August 13, 2021
Professor Larry Nolte
We are joined by Professor Larry Nolte of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of the Medford Judo Academy in Phoenix, Oregon.
18:34
July 13, 2021
Professor Tom Ryan
We are joined by Professor Tom Ryan of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of Palmetto Jujitsu Academy and Healing Arts Center in Lexington, South Carolina.
21:36
June 21, 2021
Professor Dennis Estes
We are joined by Dennis Estes of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation Co-Sensei of Shin Budo Kai in Lehi, Utah.
14:37
February 03, 2021
Professor Donald Cross
We are joined by Professor Don Cross of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of Jujitsu-Do Martial Art Center in Eugene, Oregon.
21:49
October 26, 2020
Professor Geoff Lane
We are joined by Professor Geoff Lane, current President of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation out of Ventura, California.
12:07
September 19, 2020
Professor Robert Hudson
Professor Robert Hudson of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of Halau O Ho'Omana.
22:42
August 15, 2020
Professor Jane Carr
Professor Jane Carr of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Shihan of Redding Jujitsu Academy, Inc. in Redding, California.
12:37
July 23, 2020
Professor John Congistre
Professor John Congistre of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation out of Incline Village, Nevada.
15:13
June 27, 2020
Senior Professor Tom Ball
Senior Professor Tom Ball of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and Sensei of Shingi Kan Martial Arts Academy in Fort Jones, California. 
12:01
May 17, 2020