|2880 5th Street, Suite 100 (We've moved! See news/events below)|
|Davis, CA 95618|
Davis Ju-do Kai, a member of the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation (AJJF), has taught martial arts in Davis since 1964 and is an active sponsor and participant within the community. Sensei Jessica Conover has become the new schoolhead. Come take a look if you've ever been interested in learning a martial art. No experience necessary. No obligation to join, never any contracts. For questions about our dojo, please leave a message on our voice mail, I will get back to you. Thanks for your interest.
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu was founded in the 1920s by Henry Seishiro Okazaki. Danzan Ryu or Cedar Mountain Style, named in reference to the Hawaiian Islands were it was developed, is a combination of techniques from a variety of martial arts, including jujitsu, judo, kung fu, aiki-jujitsu, and lua. His school, Kodenkan or School of the Ancient Tradition, was named in reference to the practice of having more senior students teach more junior students, a teaching tradition honored by the Davis Ju-do Kai.
Philosophy: Everyone is welcome to come learn this unique martial art. This style is accessible to all ages and abilities. We are committed to the idea that all who come in our doors is Ohana, family. We strive to practice Kokua, help given without any thought of return. What makes this style different from some of the other martial arts is that we train in order to perfect our character. In essence, we are studying Judo, in the sense of "The Way of Gentleness".
Classes begin with an invigorating warm-up and stretching routine, including some strength and conditioning exercises. Students also learn rolls and falls, allowing practice of the jujitsu arts in a safe environment. The system is comprised of lists of techniques starting with very basic escapes from grabs all the way to weapons disarms. These techniques are taught and practiced in a "kata" or "form" style with a partner.
News and Events
March 6, 2017
We have moved to our new location at 2880 5th Street, Suite 100 inside Davis Strength and Conditioning.
Sept 1, 2018
We have a new schoolhead. Sensei Jessica Conover is the new schoolhead of the Davis Ju-do Kai. Our other instructors are still there for classes, but we're excited to be headed in a new direction under new leadership. Come check us out.
"2009-09-22" Davis Judo Kai is a great place to train for Ju Jitsu. I have been coming here over a year and have trained in tae kwon do and judo. Sensei Lyle Najita is a great teacher. You work at your own pace in a laid back environment. Danzan Ryu is based on traditional Japanese Ju Jitsu that anyone can do. Highly recommended. reviewer—Darrel Secrest
2009-01-01 16:50:12 My son has been taking classes here since he was 4 years old, and Lyle has been a steady leader all that time. Now age 10, my son sometimes finds it difficult to fit judo into his schedule, but still attends whenever he can. The emphasis on self-awareness, self-improvement and responsibility has been a very positive influence throughout most of his life. Highly recommended. —JimFrame
2009-04-15 13:15:26 Lyle Najita is a great teacher, and the techniques of this art are fun to learn. The rates paid here are very reasonable for the amount of class time you can access. I highly recommend this school for anyone interested in learning a traditional martial art in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. —Parent of current student
2011-09-22 16:40:35 Davis Ju-do Kai is a phenomenal place to train and learn a new art. Sensei Lyle is able to very efficiently teach and reinforce the techniques. I highly recommend Danzan Ryu, and this dojo in particular, to anyone wanting to learn a wonderful martial art and try something new. —AlexMcFall
2014-01-27 22:21:03 I was a visiting Black Belt and Mr. Najita was very welcoming, I felt very relaxed participating with him and his students. He and I exchanged ideas and techniques and had a great time on the mat. I plan to recommend anyone whom I can not provided services to, to him and his school. Can't wait to visit again! —DSFMartialArtsAcademy