Professor Henry Okazaki


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Professor Henry Seishiro Okazaki, Jujitsu Master, Founder of the Kodenkan Jujitsu System, was born in Japan on January 28, 1890.

He studied and mastered the Yoshin, Kosogabe, Shibukawa-ryu, Yoshin-ryu, Namba-Shoshin-Ryu as well as Kodokan Judo. Besides this he became expert in Okinawan Karate, Chinese Kung-Fu, Hawaiian Lua, and Filipino Knife Play, as well as American Boxing and Wrestling.

In 1924, he toured Japan, making an exhaustive study of many systems, when he visited more than 50 dojos and acquired nearly 700 kinds of techniques or forms. He also made an exhaustive study of Kappo and Seifukujitsu, recognizing that the virtue of Jujitsu lay in the possibility of reversing the effects of deadly or disabling arts by restoration and treatment.

By working diligently he evolved 2 systems of self-defense Jujitsu which comprised courses for men, women, and children, and included defenses against,the knife, sword, club, gun, bayonet, or hands and feet.

In this system, which he called Kodenkan (School of the Ancient Tradition) he stressed the ancient principles of philosophical and moral  training while retaining the best of the arts of self-defense, and restoration, and combined these with the system of physical culture and mental cultivation now known as sports Judo. He thus achieved a true synthesis of ancient and modern elements which is a complete system of Judo and Jujitsu.

In 1930 Professor Okazaki opened the Nikko Sanatorium of Restoration Massage jn Honolulu, where he earned international  fame because of his great-skill as a physical therapist. That same year he opened his school-- now known as the America Jujitsu Institute Hawaii.

His life from that time forward was devoted to instructing worthy Americans without regard to national origin in the sciences of Judo and Jujitsu and to the developing of disciples who would introduce his system throughout the United States of America.

At the time of his death in July, 1951, thousands of students had studied in his school, and his system - the Kodenkan -  remains today the most widely taught and widely imitated system of self-defense Jujitsu in the United States.