At Soryukan, the style of jujitsu that is practiced is called Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. This is one of the more commonly found styles of jujitsu in the United States, but it is still relatiely hard to locate training in Pennsylvania. Not many schools exist yet, but our state is fortunate to have a few Danzan Ryu schools (Soryukan being one of them, of course!).

Soryukan is affiliated with the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation as a standard member school. The AJJF is the oldest Danzan Ryu organization in the country, and is based in California. As mentioned, other Danzan Ryu schools exist in Pennsylvania, and Soryukan members regularly interact with students and instructors from these schools. Activities for AJJF Danzan Ryu students are held several times per year in the area.

All jujitsu students at Soryukan are required to obtain and maintain membership with the AJJF. This is done for several reasons. Membership with the AJJF provides tangible benefits to the student, such as a subscription to the Kiai Echo, the quarterly newsletter of the AJJF. Also, AJJF membership provides a registration of student rank. While rank is not the goal of training, it is a measurement of progress. Occasionally, a student will find that life dictates that they need to relocate, either for work, school, family, or some other reason. By having a nationally registered rank, if an AJJF Danzan Ryu school is accessible at their new location, the student would be able to present themselves to that school and be recognized as having acheived a certain level of competency in Danzan Ryu based on their AJJF-registered rank. Ranks are awarded at the discretion of the instructors up to (but not including) black belt ranks. Those ranks are bestowed by AJJF examiners and organizational leadership approval upon completion of a rigorous examination process.

  Shoden Waza - Beginning Techniques

Yawara - Techniques of Gentleness

Yawara is the basis for all techniques of Danzan Ryu and teaches body movement, positioning, and core body movements. What you will learn: Escapes from holds, joint locking/breaking, body movement, balance and posture(frame). 20 Techniques

Nage Te - Throwing Techniques

Nage is essentially taking someone to a position of off-balance to let gravity finish the job. What you will learn: how to fall correctly and safely, how to off-balance someone, body positioning, how to move with another person’s body weight attached to yours, how to relax in high stress situations, how to go with the flow of energy. 20 Techniques

Shime Te - Constriction Techniques

Shime is techniques of constricting to make someone unconscious or to restrain another person. Here you will learn: ground positioning and movement, restraints, blood choking, joint locking/ breaking. 25 techniques


  Chuden Waza - Intermediate Techniques

Oku No Te - Deeper Techniques

A combination of Yawara, Nage, and Shime. Here you will learn: how to start linking techniques together to be more effective in protecting yourself, greater confidence with and refinement of previously learned abilities. You will also learn to yield to an opposing force in order to gain a better overall advantage in a given situation. 25 Techniques

Goshin Jitsu - Self-Defense Arts

A combination of high level Yawara and focus on pure self-defense arts. Many of the techniques are designed to quickly inflict damage to joint mechanisms. What you will learn: the self-defense mind set and theory, Escapes from holds, joint locks/breaking, body movement, balance and posture (frame). 28 Techniques

Kiai no Maki - Scroll of Spirit Shout Techniques

Cultivates the confidence and inner strength of a practitioner of these arts. 27 Techniques