Lehi Jujitsu

Lehi Jujitsu was established on Historic Lehi Main Street on September 1, 2010, and is dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of the Danzan Ryu system of Jujitsu. The traditional name of the school in Japanese is Sanyu Kai (Interpreted as School of the Mountain Spring).

Sensei

Duane Sheely

Sensei Duane Sheely holds the rank of Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt).

Sensei Duane Sheely began training in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 1983 at the Bushido Jutsu Kan under Sensei Dennis Estes in Lehi, Utah. He holds the rank of Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, recognized by the Shin Gan Budo Kai, and Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) recognized by the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation.

Sensei Sheely is a Gow Lin ("Black Belt" Instructor) in Wing Chun Kung Fu and holds the rank of Blue Belt in Taekwondo. He also currently studies Kali-Silat and Ba Gua Zhang Kung Fu.

Sensei Sheely, a retired Major in the US Army, has trained Soldiers in self-defense tactics in Iraq, Afghanistan, and stateside.

Sempai

Dan Harper

Dan Harper holds the rank of Nikyu (2nd Degree Brown Belt).

Dan Harper began training in Danzan Ryu jujitsu in 2019 at Lehi Jujitsu under Sensei Duane Sheely in Lehi, Utah. Dan holds the rank of Nikyu (2nd Degree Brown Belt). Dan has also studied Brazilian Jujitsu and American Kenpo Karate.

Dan has two wonderful children, both of which are junior warriors. He thoroughly enjoys being able to help others grow and reach their potential. When not at the dojo, Dan enjoys several hobbies, including reading, model painting, games of all kinds, and most of all spending quality time with his family.

The word "Sempai" is interpreted as "Senior," and as the senior student, Sempai Harper is responsible for the training of the junior students. He is also personally responsible for student etiquette and for setting the tone during training.

Lehi Jujitsu promotes the Danzan Ryu system of Jujitsu, an effective system of self defense that incorporates physical and mental training within a philosophy of ethical and moral development.

About us

Danzan Ryu Jujitsu is a traditional Japanese martial art. Training begins with basic stretching and strengthening exercises. Next, students learn rolls and falls that allow them to be thrown safely. The system is arranged into eleven lists of techniques, which teach the basics of balance, leverage and inertia. The first five lists are taught below Black Belt level: Yawara (basic holds and escapes), Nage (basic throwing arts), Shime (grappling arts), Oku (advanced combination arts) and Goshin Jitsu (self-defense techniques). The remaining six lists, which are primarily taught to advanced students and Black belts, include advanced combination techniques, defenses against gun, knife, staff and sword, demonstration arts, iron fan and Yawara stick arts, kicks, strikes and a system of resuscitation and restorative massage techniques.

Instructors

Instructor

Ally Petersen

Ally Petersen holds the rank of Ikkyu (1st Degree Brown Belt).

Ally Petersen began training in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 2012 at Lehi Jujitsu under Sensei Duane Sheely in Lehi, Utah. Ally holds the rank of Ikkyu (1st Degree Brown Belt).

Ally assists Sempai Dan Harper and Brigette Swensen in overseeing our Jujitsu programs and shares the responsibility for the development and advancement of the “Junior Warriors.”

Instructor

Ryan Cluff

Ryan Cluff holds the rank of Ikkyu (1st Degree Brown Belt).

Ryan Cluff began training in Danzan Ryu jujitsu in 2013 at Lehi Jujitsu under Sensei Duane Sheely in Lehi, Utah, and holds the rank of Ikkyu (1st Degree Brown Belt).

Ryan assists Sempai Dan Harper and Brigette Swensen in overseeing our Jujitsu programs, and he shares the responsibility for the development and advancement of the “Junior Warriors.”

Ryan is currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Colorado.

Instructor

Brigette Swensen

Brigette “Kioshi” Swensen holds the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt).

Brigette “Kioshi” Swensen began training in Danzan Ryu jujitsu in 2017 at Lehi Jujitsu under Sensei Duane Sheely in Lehi, Utah, and holds the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt). Brigette oversees our youth program and is responsible for the development and advancement of the “Junior Warriors.”

The word "Kioshi," interpreted as "Expert Teacher," exemplifies Brigette's passion and effectiveness as a teacher of Danzan Ryu Jujtitsu. She especially enjoys working with the kids class! She believes deeply in helping people reach their fullest potential. Brigette has a bachelor's degree in mild/moderate special education from Brigham Young University. This fueled her enthusiasm for helping others, especially those who may have extra challenges.

She is an amazing wife and adoring mother of five wonderful children. She has three sons and two daughters under the age of nine years old. (One daughter passed away shortly after birth.) In her home, you'll often find a bunch of kids, both related and not related to her, having fun with preschool activities, playing, or learning other life skills. When she's not teaching, she loves to read, her favorite genre being historical fiction. (Yes, she is JUST THAT AWESOME!)

Instructor

Mike Bohman

Mike Bohman holds the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt).

Mike began training in Danzan Ryu jujitsu in 2021 at Lehi Jujitsu under Sensei Duane Sheely in Lehi, Utah, and holds the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt).

Mike studied Okinawan Karate as a teenager and because of the knowledge and memories he gained, decided to enroll his son in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, in the hopes that he will cherish the experience of learning a traditional form of martial arts as well. Little did Mike know that he too would be joining his son in that experience. When Mike isn't practicing Jujitsu, he can be found fly fishing a local river, hacking on a computer or hanging out with his family.

Mike assists Brigette Swensen in overseeing our youth program and shares the responsibility for the development and advancement of the “Junior Warriors.”

Instructor

Keith Bell

Keith Bell holds the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt).

Keith started his martial journey at the age of 6 with Isshin Ryu Karate and Tae Kwon Do; however, he really didn’t fully apply himself to the martial ways until the age of 14. He studied Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and Shorin Ryu Karate from Sensei Jim Kelton of the Kodenkan Yudanshakai in Long Beach, CA achieving the rank of Gokyu in both arts before leaving to serve in the Navy. There he studied Judo, earning the rank of Nikyu, while also studying Escrima under Guro Timothy Kashino, founder of the Cadenilla Eskrima Group.

After a break in service, Keith enlisted in the US Army as an Infantryman where he certified as a Level 2 Modern Army Combatives Program instructor (utilizing parts of Wrestling, Gracie Jujitsu and Muay Thai), teaching and certifying countless US and foreign service members in hand-to-hand as well as tactical combat. After leaving Active Duty he joined the Utah Army National Guard, and in 2021 restarted his journey in Danzan Ryu with Sensei Duane Sheely, founder of the Sanyu Kai and Warrior Mountain Academy. While studying DZR Jujitsu, Keith also studies Muso Jikiden Enshin Ryu Iaido under Sensei Jason Hankins and Sensei Dick Beckstead of the Zen Bu Kan.

As his military unit's senior Combatives instructor, Keith has re-introduced an older Army Combatives curriculum to the current that was originally based off of DZR Jujitsu while adding more combat focus to the way soldiers are trained.

Keith also assists Sensei Sheely in the women’s self defense program, and Brigette Swensen in overseeing our youth program, and he shares the responsibility for the development and advancement of the “Junior Warriors.”

When not on the tatami you can find Keith back country camping, shooting, at the gym or cooking a delicious meal.

Instructor

Kimberly Christensen

Kimberly Christensen holds the rank of Rokukyu (Purple Belt).

Kimberly practiced Judo for 4 years as a teenager then took a 17 year break from martial arts to get married, graduate college, and have 5 children (3 girls, 2 boys). Most of her time is spent caring for her kids, spending time with family and friends, and trying to squeeze in hobbies. Kimberly enjoys sewing, painting/drawing, singing, playing games, and is learning to play the piano.

Some of Kimberly's kids are junior warriors (her oldest, Claire, is also an instructor in the kids class).

Kimberly loves practicing Jujitsu and is excited to keep learning and teaching.

Kimberly assists Brigette Swensen in overseeing our youth program, and she shares the responsibility for the development and advancement of the “Junior Warriors.”

Find out for yourself how Danzan Ryu Jujitsu can positively impact your life!

There are no contracts!

Youth & Adults

Two classes/week

$75/month

Youth & Adults

One class/week

$50/month

Military/First Resp

Two classes/week

$65/month

Military/First Resp

One class/week

$45/month

Family

Two classes/week

$75/month for first member $50/month for each additional

Family

One class/week

$50/month for first member $35/month for each additional

Personal Training

One-hour sessions

$35/session for first participant $25/session for each additional

Classes & Times

Adult Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Youth Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Home School Classes

Tuesdays 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Women’s Self-Defense Classes

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM