List of Danzan-ryū techniques

The Danzan Ryu lists differs in concept from the Kodokan Judo lists in that the techniques are taught in kata form in some applicable context, rather than simply demonstrating and enumerating a single technique. Deashi Hayanata, for example, is not a single technique, but a combination of Deashibarai (foot sweep) and Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame (cross arm bar). Emphasis on randori may vary greatly from one dojo to the next.

There are multiple romanizations, and many arts have more than one name. We will attempt to represent all possible romanizations. In addition, not all sources agree on the correct kanji (Japanese characters) for each technique or list. The alternative renderings are noted.

The rank requirements for Danzan Ryu are not standardized, and may vary from dojo to dojo or even from instructor to instructor. However, the curriculum is divided into three levels: Shoden (beginning), Chuden (intermediate), and Okuden (Hidden or Inner teachings). Many of the techniques are considered Kuden - to be transmitted orally and never written down.

Each of the Okuden scrolls corresponds to a level of teaching license:

  • Shinnin-no-Maki was commemorated by the award of the Mokuroku, or catalogue scroll, listing the history of the art along with the Shoden and Chuden techniques. This is the basic instructor level and is equivalent to second-degree blackbelt.
  • Shin'yo-no-Maki corresponds to the fully-licensed instructor (Kyoshi) level and is equivalent to fourth- or fifth-degree blackbelt.
  • Shinjin-no-Maki was commemorated by the award of the Kaiden-no-Sho, or certificate of complete transmission (menkyo kaiden). This corresponds to the master instructor (Shihan) level, equivalent to a rank of sixth-degree or higher.

Yawara --Shoden level

Hand Techniques/Gentle Arts, 20 Techniques

  1. Kata Te Hazushi Ichi or Katate Hazushi Ichi "Single Hand Escape #1" - escape from an outside hand grab
  2. Kata Te Hazushi Ni or Katate Hazushi Ni "Single Hand Escape #2" - escape from an inside hand grab
  3. Ryo Te Hazushi or Ryote Hazushi "Both Hands Escape" - escape from a double wrist grab
  4. Moro Te Hazushi or Morote Hazushi "Many Hands Escape or Multiple Hands Escape" - escape from two hands grabbing one wrist.
  5. Momiji Hazushi " Maple Tree Escape" - escape from a front choke
  6. Ryo Eri Hazushi or Ryoeri Hazushi "Double Lapel Escape" - escape from a double lapel grab
  7. Yubi Tori Hazushi or Yubidori Hazushi "Fingerlock Escape" - escape from a finger hold/grab
  8. Yubi Tori or Yubidori "Fingerlock" - finger lock on the sensitive third finger
  9. Moro Yubi Tori or Moroyubi Tori or Moroyubidori "Multiple Fingerlock" - come-along all fingers hold
  10. Kata Te Tori or Katate Tori or Katatedori "Seize One Hand" - one hand wrist lock
  11. Ryo Te Tori or Ryote Tori or Ryotedori "Seize Both Hands" - double wrist lock
  12. Akushu Kote Tori or Akushu Kotedori "Handshake Wristlock" - wrist lock from a handshake
  13. Akushu Ude Tori or Akushu Udedori "Handshake Armlock" - arm bar from a handshake
  14. Akushu Kotemaki Tori or Akushu Kotemakidori "Handshake Winding-Wristlock" - arm bar and wrist lock from a handshake
  15. Emon Tori or Emondori "Breast of Garment Hold" - break hand from a chest push
  16. Tekubi Tori Ichi or Tekubidori Ichi "Wristlock #1" - wrist lock from an outside hand grab
  17. Tekubi Tori Ni or Tekubitori Ni "Wristlock #2" - wrist lock from an inside hand grab
  18. Ryo Eri Tori or Ryoeri Tori or Ryoeridori "Seize Both Lapels" - break and wrist lock from a two-handed lapel grab
  19. Kubi Nuki Shime or Kubinukidori "Headlock" - escape from a side headlock
  20. Hagai Shime or Hagaijime "Winglock" - full nelson taken after avoiding a blow

Nagete --Shoden level

also called Nage no Kata: Throwing Arts, 20 Techniques

  1. Deashi Harai or Deashiharai or Deashibarai - Advanced foot sweep
  2. Sasae Ashi or Sasae-ashi - Propping foot
  3. Okuri Harai or Okuribarai - Sending sweep
  4. Soto Gama or Sotogama - Outside sickle
  5. Uchi Gama or Uchigama - Inside sickle
  6. Soto Momo Harai or Sotomomobarai - Outer thigh sweep
  7. Uchi Momo Harai or Uchimomobarai - Inner thigh sweep
  8. O Goshi or Ogoshi- Major hip
  9. Utsuri Goshi or Utsurigoshi - Shifting hip
  10. Seoi Nage or Seoinage - Back-carry throw
  11. Ushiro Goshi or Ushirogoshi - Rear hip
  12. Seoi Goshi or Seoigoshi - Back-carry hip
  13. Tsurikomi Goshi or Tsurikomigoshi - Lifting/pulling hip
  14. Harai Goshi or Haraigoshi - Sweeping hip
  15. Hane Goshi or Hanegoshi - Springing hip
  16. Uki Otoshi or Uki-Otoshi - Floating drop
  17. Makikomi or Sotomakikomi - Winding throw
  18. Kane Sute or Kanisute - Crab sacrifice
  19. Tomoe Nage or Tomoenage - Circle throw
  20. Yama Arashi - Mountain Storm

Shimete --Shoden level

also called Shime no Kata: Constriction Arts, 25 Techniques

  1. Eri Gatame or Erigatame - Lapel pin
  2. Kata Gatame or Katagatame - Shoulder pin
  3. Juji Gatame or Jujigatame - Cross pin
  4. Shiho Gatame or Shihogatame - Four corners pin
  5. Sankaku Gatame or Sankakugatame - Triangle pin
  6. Ushiro Gatame or Ushirogatame - Rear pin
  7. Namijuji Shime or Namijujijime - Normal cross strangle
  8. Gyakujuji Shime or Gyakujujijime - Reverse cross strangle
  9. Ichimonji Shime or Ichimonjijime or Ichimonji Jime - Straight line strangle
  10. Tsukkomi Shime or Tsukkomijime or Tsukkomi Jime - Thrusting strangle
  11. Hadaka Jime Ichi or Hadakajime Ichi - Naked strangle #1
  12. Hadaka Jime Ni or Hadakajime Ni - Naked strangle #2
  13. Hadaka Jime San or Hadakajime San - Naked strangle #3
  14. Daki Kubi Jime or Dakikubi jime or Dakikubijime - Headlock
  15. Osae Gami Jime or Osaegami Jime or Osaegamijime - Hair grab lock
  16. Kote Jime or Kotejime - Forearm lock
  17. Tenada Jime or Tenatajime - Hand-blade lock
  18. Do Jime or Dojime - Body constriction
  19. Ashi Garami Jime or Ashigarami Jime or Ashigaramijime - Entangled leglock
  20. Ashi Nada Jime or Ashinada Jime or Ashinatajime - Foot-blade lock
  21. Ashi Yubi Jime or Ashiyubi Jime or Ashiyubijime - Toe lock
  22. Momo Jime or Momojime - Thigh constriction
  23. Shika No Issoku - One Deer's Foot
  24. Shidare Fuji Shime Shidarefuji Jime or Shidarefujijime - Hanging wisteria strangle
  25. Tatsumaki Shime or Tatsumakijime - Tornado lock

Yonenbu no Kata --Shoden level

Throwing Techniques for teaching children, 15 Techniques

  1. Deashi Harai or Deashiharai or Deashibarai - Advanced foot sweep
  2. Sasae-ashi - Foot prop
  3. Okuriharai or Okuribarai - Sending sweep
  4. Soto Gama or Sotogama - Outside sickle
  5. Uchi Gama or Uchigama - Inside sickle
  6. Soto Momo Harai or Sotomomobarai - Outer thigh sweep
  7. Uchimomobarai - Inner thigh sweep
  8. O Goshi or Ogoshi - Major hip
  9. Seoinage - Back-carry throw
  10. Seoi Goshi or Seoigoshi - Back-carry hip
  11. Tsuri Komi Goshi or Tsurikomigoshi - Lifting/pulling hip
  12. Harai Goshi or Haraigoshi - Sweeping hip
  13. Hane Goshi or Hanegoshi - Springing hip
  14. Makikomi - Winding-in
  15. Tomoe Nage or Tomoenage - Circle throw

Oku no Te --Chuden level

also called Oku no Kata: Deep/Advanced Arts, 25 Techniques

  1. Deashi Hayanada or Deashi Hayanata - Foot sweep and armbar
  2. O Goshi Hayanada or Ogoshi Hayanata - Hip throw and armbar
  3. Seoi Hayanada or Seoi Hayanata - Shoulder throw and armbar
  4. Sumi Gaeshi or Sumigaeshi - Corner reversal
  5. Norimi - Riding body
  6. Mizu Kuguri or Mizukuguri - Under water dive
  7. Mae Yama Kage or Mayaeyamakage - Back to back throw
  8. Komi Iri or Komiiri - Takedown and leg spit
  9. Kote Gaeshi or Kotegaeshi - Wrist throw, Yama Arashi
  10. Saka Nuki or Sakanuki - Stomach bump and arm whip
  11. Gyaku Te Nage or Gyakutenage - Armbar OGoshi counter
  12. Hon Tomoe - Circle throw and strangle
  13. Kata Te Tomoe or Katate Tomoe - One-armed circle throw
  14. Shi Garami or Teshigarami - Arm break and wrong-shoulder throw
  15. Gyaku Te Shigarami or Gyakuteshigarami or Gyakute Shigarami - Hold-down with one foot
  16. Kote Shigarami or Koteshigarami - Hold-down with one hand
  17. Ko Guruma or Koguruma - Counter for Mizu Kugiri
  18. Tora Nage or Toranage - Three Tai Otoshi
  19. Tora Katsugi or Torakatsugi - Back to back obi throw
  20. Arashi Otoshi or Arashi-otoshi - Quick strangle and throw
  21. Hiki Otoshi Ni or Hiki-otoshi- Second Wrist in knee lock
  22. Kine Katsugi or Kinekatsugi - Pestle shouldering
  23. Kin Katsugi or Kinkatsugi - Testicle shouldering
  24. Kaza Guruma or Kazaguruma - Boston crab
  25. Jigoku Otoshi - Airplane spin or Hell drop

Kiai no Maki --Chuden level

Scroll of the Spirit Yell, 27 Techniques ---AJJF board of Professors includes a number of additional techniques under this heading-- Includes weapons techniques, and a variety of oral teachings (kuden)

  1. Waribashi Ori - Splittable chopstick break
  2. Karatake Wari - Chinese bamboo split
  3. Harage Ishi Wari - Abdomen lifting stone split
  4. Shiraha Watari - Naked blade transit

Tessen No Maki

  1. Katate Hazushi - single hand escape
  2. Mune Dori - Chest seizure
  3. Miken Wari or Tomoe Mawari - Eyebrow interval split
  4. Uchikomi Dome - Driving in stop
  5. Katate Ori - Single hand break
  6. Katsura Wari - Judas tree split

Tanto No Maki

  1. Hibara Hazushi - side escape
  2. Katate Hazushi - Single hand escape
  3. Tsukkomi Hazushi - Thrusting escape
  4. Ryote Tome or Ryote Dome - Two handed circle

Daito No Maki

  1. Nukimi Dome - Draw body stop
  2. Shiraha Dori - Naked blade seizure
  3. Suso Harai - Hem sweep

Bo No Maki

  1. Hanbo Uchikomi Dori - Half stick driving in seizure
  2. Rokushaku Bo Furi - Six-foot stick shaking
  3. Mune Gatame - Chest hold-down
  4. Shiho Gatame - Four direction hold down
  5. Futari Shime or Ninnin Shime - two person constriction
  6. Furo Shime - Bath strangle
  7. Shichinin Shime - seven person strangle

Tanju No Maki

  1. Gan Hazushi or Me Hazushi - Eyeball escape
  2. Mune Hazushi - Chest Escape
  3. Hibara Hazushi - Side escape
  4. Ushiro Hazushi Ichi- Upper Rear Escape(added by AJJF)
  5. Ushiro Hazushi Ni- Lower Rear Escape(added by AJJF)
  6. Mawari Hazushi - added by AJJF (Other DZR groups may not recognize these waza)

Lists added to Kiai No Maki by AJJF in 1976 Include:

Kerite Te

  1. Tonbogaeri - Judo Roll with Kick to groin
  2. Kin Geri - Upward Kick to Groin
  3. Yoko Geri - Kick with Side of Foot
  4. Mawari Geri - Roundhouse Kick To Uke's side
  5. Ryoashi Geri - Double foot kick to chest Tori lands in Face Fall
  6. Mae Tobi Geri - Jumping Snap Kick to Face

Uke Te

  1. Jo Dan Uke - Upper Block
  2. Nagashi Uke - Outside Block
  3. Shuto Uke - Knife Hand Block
  4. Ge Dan Uke - Downward Block


  1. Atemi Ichi - Strike One
  2. Atemi Ni - Strike Two
  3. Atemi San - Strike Three
  4. Atemi Yo - Strike Four
  5. Kasumi Dori - Knife Hand Strike to Neck
  6. Hibara Uchi - Elbow Strike
  7. Sui Getsu - Upward Strike to Solar Plexus
  8. Hon Getsu - Downward Strike Below Navel
  9. Kin Geri - Knee to Groin

Goshinjutsu --Chuden level

Self-Defense Techniques: 28 Techniques added by AJJF Board of Professors, and modified periodically by them. Other DZR groups may not recognize this as a separate list, but instead may practice these techniques as common variations of techniques found in other lists. Formerly called Jokyu Yawara, Advanced Yawara, or Ladies' Yawara. Based on the original Fujin Goshin no Maki.

  1. Kata Eri Hazushi or Kataeri Hazushi - Single lapel escape
  2. Katate Tori Ni or Katatedori Ni - Single hand hold #2
  3. Katate Tori San or Katatedori San - Single hand hold #3
  4. Katate Tori Shi or Katatedori Shi - Single hand hold #4
  5. Imon Tori Ni or Emondori Ni - Breast-of-garment hold #2
  6. Kata Mune Tori or Katamunedori - Single chest hold
  7. Ude Tori or Udedori - Armlock
  8. Genkotsu Ude Tori or Genkotsu Udedori - Fist armlock
  9. Ude Gyaku Ichi or Udegyaku Ichi - Armlock #1
  10. Ude Gyaku Ni or Udegyaku Ni - Armlock #2
  11. Ninin Yubi Tori or Ninin Yubidori - Two person finger hold (formerly called Ninin Kotegarami)
  12. Kata Eri Tori or Kataeridori - Single lapel hold
  13. Ushiro Gyaku or Ushirogyaku - Rear lock
  14. Kata Hagai or Katahagai - Single wing
  15. Tekubi Shigarami - Wrist Entanglement
  16. Genkotsu Otoshi - Fist drop
  17. Hon Gyaku Ichi or Hongyaku Ichi - Basic lock #1
  18. Hon Gyaku Ni or Hongyaku Ni - Basic lock #2
  19. Ushiro Daki Nage or Ushirodakinage - Throw from rear embrace
  20. Mae Daki Nage Ichi or Maedakinage Ichi - Throw from front embrace one
  21. Mae Daki Nage Ni or Maedakinage Ni - Throw from front embrace two
  22. Kata Kuruma or Kataguruma - Shoulder wheel
  23. Hiza Garami or Hizagarami - Entangled Knee-lock (formerly called Hiki-otoshi Ichi)
  24. Mae Osaegami Nage or Mae Osaegaminage - Front holding hair throw
  25. Ushiro Osaegami Nage or Ushiro Osaegaminage - Rear holding hair throw
  26. Kesa Nage or Kesanage - Scarf throw
  27. Ashi Karami or Ashigarami or Ashi Shigarami - Foot entanglement
  28. Sannin Nage - Three person throw (formerly called Sannin Hazushi and formerly included by AJJF in Shinnin no Maki as noted below)

Fujin Goshin no Maki --Chuden level

Women's Self Defense Scroll, 35 Techniques

Fusegi Jutsu --Chuden level

Self Defense Techniques 25 Techniques

Keisatsu Torite --Chuden level

also called Keisatsu Gijutsu: Police Arrest Techniques 120 Techniques

Shinnin no Maki --Okuden level

Sometimes written Shinen or Shinnen: Scroll of Confidence, 35 Techniques. Also written with different characters to mean Scroll of the Spirit Man. The AJJF at one time included an additional (36th) technique (Sannin Hazushi), but no longer does so.

  1. Isami Tasuki Nage alternatively rendered as Isami Tsuki Nage
  2. Obi Hane Goshi or Obi Hanegoshi
  3. Tsurikomi Taoshi or Tsurikomidaoshi
  4. Momiji Nage or Momijinage
  5. Gyaku Hayanata
  6. Hiza Nage or Hizanage
  7. Osaekomi Gyakute Tori or Osaekomi Gyakutedori
  8. Kobushi Shime or Kobushijime
  9. Kesa Hazushi
  10. Kubi Shime Tomoe Gyakute or Kubijime Tomoe Gyakute
  11. Ninin Nage
  12. Gyakute Gaeshi or Gyakutegaeshi
  13. Hizaori Nage or Hizaorinage
  14. Gyaku Hagai
  15. Ushiro Kannuki
  16. Mae Kannuki
  17. Hikitate Tori Shime or Hikitatedorijime
  18. Ude Garami or Udegarami
  19. Ebi Shime or Ebijime
  20. Ushiro Ebi Shime or Ushiro Ebijime
  21. Gyaku Eri Shime or Gyakuerijime
  22. Ushiro Nage or Ushironage
  23. Shigarami Shime or Udeshigaramijime
  24. Ashi Kannuki
  25. Kesa Koroshi
  26. Hando Shime or Handojime
  27. Ashi Gyaku or Ashigyaku
  28. Kabe Shime or Kabejime
  29. Ashi Garami Tori or Ashigaramidori
  30. Nidan Gaeshi
  31. Satsuma Shime or Satsumajime
  32. Tataki Komi or Tatakikomi
  33. Ushiro Nage Tori or Ushironagedori
  34. Saru Shigarami
  35. Sandan Gaeshi

Shin'yo no Maki --Okuden level

Scroll of Trust 28 Techniques also written with different characters to mean Scroll of the "Yang" Spirit

  1. Gyaku Hizaguruma
  2. Tsuki Hazushi Kotemaki
  3. Tsukikomi Dome and Tsukikomi Deashi
  4. Sune Shime or Sunejime
  5. Saru Shime or Sarujime
  6. Tobi Tsuki Tenada or Tobitsuki Tenata
  7. Obi Otoshi
  8. Sennin Gake
  9. Mune Dori or Munedori
  10. Tsurigane Otoshi
  11. Inazuma
  12. Denko
  13. Kasumi Dori
  14. Shishi Otoshi
  15. Tawara Gaeshi
  16. Tonbo Gaeshi
  17. Keri Komi
  18. Riuko or Ryuko
  19. Haya Nawa or Hayanawa
  20. Katate Tai Atari
  21. Tsuki Mi or Tsukimi
  22. Ate Mi or Atemi
  23. Zozu Kurawase
  24. Tora Niramu
  25. Kiai Dori
  26. Senriyu Tomoe or Senryudome
  27. Yuki Chigai or Yukichigai
  28. Munen Musow or Munen Muso

Shinjin no Maki --Okuden level

Scroll of Faith, 35 Techniques (some groups include only 25 techniques) also rendered with different characters as Shingen no Maki meaning Scroll of the Original Spirit

  1. Ten To or Tento
  2. Riyo Mou or Ryomo
  3. Kasumi
  4. Cho Tou or Chuto
  5. Jin Chiu or Jinchu
  6. Matsukaze
  7. Gebi
  8. Marusame or Murasame
  9. Shichu or Hichu
  10. Danchu
  11. Kyoto
  12. Suigetsu
  13. Moyoshiou or Myojo
  14. Kiyoin or Kyoin
  15. Tsukikage
  16. Inatsuma or Inazuma
  17. Hokashiyaku Zawa
  18. Uchi Shiyaku Zawa
  19. Yakou or Yako
  20. Sen Riyu
  21. Uchi Kibisu
  22. Kouri or Kori
  23. In Nou or Inno
  24. Dokuko or Dokko
  25. Kaychiu or Keichu
  26. Mikazuki?
  27. Waki Kage?
  28. Wan Sho?
  29. Kyo Shin?
  30. Haya Uchi?
  31. Gan Ka?
  32. Kusanagi?
  33. Do Ki?
  34. Katsu Satsu? or Kassatsu
  35. Myo Jo? or Myojo

Kappo --Kuden level

Resuscitation Techniques, 11 Techniques Later augmented to more than 30.

Seifukujutsu --Betsuden level

Restoration Therapy 52 Techniques and Long-Life Massage

Taught as a separate tradition (betsuden) even to non-practitioners of Danzan Ryu

Curriculum Order

The Yawara list is almost always taught as the first list in a curriculum, given its overall usefullness. It is sometimes integrated with basic rolling and falling, and often with the simplest arts of the Nagete list. Following this comes the rest of Nagete, Shimete, Goshinjutsu (Jokyu Yawara) and Oku-no-Te, by the time a student is roughly brown belt. The Kiai no Maki Techniques are generally taught before a Shodan exam, in addition to some or all of Shinnin-no-Maki. Shin'yo-no-Maki and Shinjin-no-Maki are introduced after the black belt has been attained, in most schools. Seifukujutsu, Kappo, meditation techniques, Randori, massage, first aid, and nerve strikes may also be integrated into the curriculum, depending on the instructor.


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