The origins of Small Circle Jujitsu are based on the 2000 year old classical jujitsu, but the revelation of the small circle emphasis dates back to approximately 1944. The founder, Professor Wally Jay studied a style known as Kodenkan Jujitsu from Professor Henry S. Okazaki in Hawaii.
Professor Okazaki had studied classical jujutsu styles of Yoshin, Kosagabe and Iwaga, as well as studying Okinawan karate, Filipino knife fighting, Hawaiian Lua, the art of throwing a Spanish dirk, boxing, wrestling and kung fu. Professor Okazaki was somewhat of a rebel, as he broke away from tradition on several occasions. He developed his own style of jujitsu called Kodenkan Jujitsu, as well as teaching non-Japanese, which was unheard of.
Professor Jay’s years of experience in classical jujitsu, judo, boxing, weightlifting, wrestling, aikido, kung fu, other martial arts training, and many periods of trial and error, led him to develop his theory known as Small Circle Theory. His goal was to refine and improve upon the techniques by combining the best of everything he learned in different disciplines. The small cirle theory is a proven scientific method that rapidly became accepted by the martial arts world as an acclaimed and accredited system. The small circle theory is not only applicable to jujitsu, but it blends in beautifully with other styles of martial arts. In fact, Professor applied the small circle theory to his judo teaching and led his team to become a winning team. In 1960 he was voted Northern California Judo Coach of the Year by Hokka Judo Yudanshakai. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s he produced national champions and team winners in Hawaii, Canda, USA, and Mexico.
This Small Circle Theory improved and culminated until 1987, when it officially became recognized as a complete jujitsu style on it’s own, now known as Small Circle Jujitsu. Many had recognized the small circle system as being a separate style for many years, but after an article in Black Belt magazine, it was official.
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