Monday, March 8, 2010


Several upcoming events are using the name "Okugi" 奥義 as it relates to the teaching of the advanced boards of Danzan-Ryū Jūjutsu. Be it known that you are stealing this term from Professor Tony Janovich. Whether you call it ABC-Okugi or XYZ-Okugi or whatever-Okugi, you are using it without permission. If you believe that you are using this term because Professor Okazaki used it for his 1948 class you are sorely mistaken. He actually called it the “special black belt class” and contained special teachings given only to students of Nidan (second-degree black belt) and above. If you claim that an Okugi class was given in the early 1960’s, you are are perpetuating a falsehood and do not comprehend the curriculum. 

In point of fact, this term was first used in 1993 for the class given by Professors Sig Kufferath and Tony Janovich. The name was coined by Professor Janovich from the Japanese text contained on the certificate that Professor Kufferath received when he graduated from the 1948 class. Those who can read Japanese will understand this.

Further, the recent classes that falsely bear the Okugi name do not contain the same curriculum as the legitimate 1948, 1993 and 2003 classes. They only have an abbreviated subset of the proper 皆傳. Those who take these classes are, in my opinion, being severely short-changed in the instruction they receive and wasting their money.

Those who are participating in this charade should be ashamed, for you do not uphold the ethical and moral integrity that you purport in your organizations by-laws. That is, of course, unless you really are a thief.