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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!)
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.”
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.
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.”