Welcome to the Provo Jujutsu Club!
At the Provo Jujutsu Club we continually seek to expand and improve our martial arts. We believe that there is but one art and it contains everything. The training is combat oriented. We do not seek after trophies or sporting application of the martial arts. We have incorporated several arts into our system. Our basic art is Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu (yeah, I know. But there are several accepted spellings: Jujitsu, Jujutsu, Jiu Jitsu. We prefer the Jujutsu romanization of the word.)
We are currently affiliated with Chow Hoon Goshin Jitsu. Professor Chow Hoon was a black belt under Master Henry S. Okzaki, the founder of Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu. It was with Professor John Chow Hoon that I received my first introduction to jujutsu in 1975. Under Professor Chow Hoon’s guidance I was able to successfully attain my Shotokan Black Belt under Master Ohshima (a direct student of Master Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan). There were no Shotokan Karate of America dojos in the Monterey, California area at that time and I had always wanted to study jujutsu. Attending some of the functions I was able to meet some “famous” martial artists such as Sig Kufferath, Willy Cahill and of course Bob Kent.
We have incorporated elements of Shotokan Karate and in fact practice the 15 basic Shotokan Kata. This is because the kata are about 85% jujutsu techniques and kata is a catalog of techniques and an encyclopedia of pressure points and striking angles. Kata then becomes a mental exercise not just a physical exercise. If you can break the code, kata makes sense, without knowing the code, you might as well be studying ballet; it is a safer and better workout.
Hwa Rang Do techniques look like jujutsu techniques and add a Korean flavor to our arts but are somewhat brutal in their application. I trained in Hwa Rang Do from 1994 – 2003 under Jason Moore, a blind Hwa Rang Do master.
Israeli Haganah is like Krav Maga on steroids and provides us with an element not normally found in Oriental Martial Arts: survival mindset. I was able to train with the founder of Haganah Mike Lee Kanareck.
There are also some elements of boxing, wrestling and even some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I no longer offer instruction to the general public. Membership is by invitation only. If you want to check us out call me (801-607-1251 – always leave a message) and you will get an invitation. Be prepared to join the class as it is impossible to watch a workout and get a flavor for what we do. Is the ocean salty? The only way you know for sure is to taste it for yourself.
I teach the arts based on correct principles. If you apply the principles correctly the technique works. If not, the technique fails. Look at the picture on the left. There are several of the principles readily observable: 1) create a base, 2) put joints into opposition, 3) fulcrum activation, 4) complex torque, 5) elongation and tightening of the ligaments and tendons.
If you look at this photo closely you can see that the same principles are being applied to this joint lock. A lock is to break, a hold is to control. Can a lock become a hold or a hold become a lock. Generally yes.
Club Dues and Fees
First month dues are $45.00. This includes a student handbook and an instructional DVD. After that the dues are $25.00 per month.
Uniforms and equipment are sold at wholesale cost plus shipping.
Test fees: Under belt ranks: $20.00. (includes an autographed certificate). Black Belt ranks $50.00.
Some bribes are accepted, normally edible food products work best.