Backyard Jujitsu starts out with teaching the basic techniques of Jujitsu grippeling, striking and weapons.  By Blue belt you will have a basic understanding of how to grapple, kickbox use weapons and have a good development of street self-defense.  By Black belt you will take your basic and make them flow together making you a Backyard Jujitsu samurai.  


The ranking system at Backyard Jujitsu is in the belt order of Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown and Black for Kajukenbo and Blue, Brown, Black for Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and Blue, Purple, Brown & Black for Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  We have broke the Jujitsu techniques up from yellow to black for all students to study the curriculum from the basics to advance. 

Patch of Bushido

Bushido means the way of the warrior. When a student at Backyard Jujitsu becomes a blue belt they are given the patch of Bushido showing that they understand the basics of Jujitsu, and showing their loyalty to their school and to training the martial arts.  The patch cost $15 after proven your loyalty in passing your blue belt test. You must be a minimum of 15 years of age. 

Little Ninja's in the Backyard

Little Ninja's in the Backyard is a program developed to teach children from the ages 8-15 the basics of Jujitsu and kajukenbo.  Your child will learn throwing, grappling, striking, weapons and street self-defense.   The curriculum is broken down for each belt level with patches to show progress to each student for the belt color grade.  Seeing that we have a large amount of techniques for a child to learn before blue belt the patches help them set a goal of progress from white to blue by the age of 15.   Children love the idea of becoming a ninja so lets make it fun for them to learn how to protect themselves. 

Short History of arts we study at Backyard Jujitsu 

Okazaki Seishiro was born on January 28, 1890 in Japan.  Seishiro Okazaki moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in the town of Hilo with his family in 1906.  In 1909 Seishiro was diagnosed with Tuberculosis.  In 1910 Seishiro Okazaki was cured of Tuberculosis and devoted his life to train Jujitsu, and took lesson from Master Yashimatsu Tanaka at the Shinyukai Dojo in Hilo.  For the next 7 years Seishiro Okazaki mastered varies Jujitsu techniques at the Yoshin-Ryu, Twaga-Ryu and Kosogabe-Ryu Schools.  Seishiro Okazaki then combined Karate techniques from the Ryukyu Island with his Jujitsu to develop his system. He also used Philippine Knife techniques to form his Danzan Ryu Jujitsu School.  In 1917 Seishiro Okazaki studied the Hawaiian secret killing art called Lua and also western boxing, wrestling and Dirk throwing.  In 1922 Seishiro Okazaki beat Heavyweight American boxing champion Carl Morris.  In 1924 Seishiro Okazaki took a trip back to Japan for five months mastering 675 Jujitsu techniques and getting his black belt in Kodokan Judo from Jigoro Kano.  In 1929 Okazaki moved to Honolulu on the island of Oahu and opened the Okazaki “Seifukujutsu In” At the same time he opened his Kodenkan Dojo where he taught his Danzan Ryu Jujitsu.

Geo Omori opened the first Jiu-Jitsu / judo school in Brazil in 1925. He taught a number of individuals including Luiz França. Later, Mitsuyo Maeda was one of five of the Kodokan's top groundwork (newaza) experts that judo's founder Kano Jigoro sent overseas to demonstrate and spread his art to the world. Maeda had trained first in sumo as a teenager, and after the interest generated by stories about the success of Kodokan Judo at competitions with other jujutsu schools of the time, became a student of Jigoro Kano. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving "jiu-do" demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlersboxerssavate fighters and various other martial artists before eventually arriving in Brazil on November 14, 1914.

Gastão Gracie was a business partner of the American Circus in Belém. In 1916, Italian Argentine circus Queirolo Brothers staged shows there and presented Maeda. In 1917 Carlos Gracie, the eldest son of Gastão Gracie, watched a demonstration by Maeda at the Da Paz Theatre and decided to learn judo. Maeda accepted Carlos as a student and Carlos learned for a few years, eventually passing his knowledge on to his brothers. Gracie's account of the events is that his sibling Hélio Gracie gradually further developed Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as a softer, pragmatic adaptation from judo that focused on ground fighting, since he was unable to perform many judo moves that require direct opposition to an opponent's strength.

Although the Gracie family is typically recognized as the main family to first promote Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as it is known today, there was also another prominent lineage derived from Maeda via another Brazilian disciple, Luiz França.This lineage had been represented particularly by Oswaldo Fadda. Fadda and his students were famous for the influential use of footlocks and the lineage still survives through Fadda's links in teams such as Nova União and Grappling Fight Team.

Kajukenbo was developed around 1947-1949 when five martial artist from Hawaii called themselves the “Black Belt Society” and developed the Kajukenbo self defense system.  The five founders are Peter Young Yil Choo, a Master in Tang Soo Do Karate and also the welterweight boxing champion. Frank Ordonez, a Black belt in Sekeino Jujitsu.  Joe Holck, a black belt in Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu (Judo).  Adriano D. Emperado, a black belt in Kosho Ryu Kenpo and Escrima master.  Clarence Chang, a master in Sil-lum Pai kung fu. These five men trained together to evaluate the advantages, strengths and weaknesses of each other’s art to build the foundation for Kajukenbo.  With it’s Kenpo base it took a few years to incorporate the Tang Soo Do Kicks, Jujitsu joint locks, Judo throws, and Sil-Lum Pai circular techniques.  Joe Holck came up with the name “Kajukenbo” Ka for karate Ju for Judo and Jujitsu, ken for Kenpo and bo for Chinese boxing (Kung Fu).  The first workout together was in the backyard of Peter Choo’s Mothers house.

1106 C Ave La Grande Oregon 97850  Tel: 541-910-5745

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