Professor Henry Okazaki
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.
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.