• Pacific Coast AcademyWe offer both children's and adult classes beginning from the ages of four years old upwards. Pacific Coast Academy is an envoironment of positivity and success where we "build confidence through achievement”. We honor Martial Arts traditions that go back centuries, but we are dynamic and are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to enthuse and excite our students.
  • Children's ClassesWe have classes for Children from 4 years old through until 18. Our classes are designed to excited our young martial artists while challenging them and preparting them for the challenges that lay ahead
  • Adult ClassesPacific Coast Academy offers many adult classes at times to suit your schedule. Our adult clasess include Ken Ju Ryu, Kenpo Ju Jitsu - Danzan Ryu JuJitsu - Toyamaru & Eskrima
  • Our LineageWe are extremely proud of our lineage which is a pure line from the creator of the Danzan Ryu system to our present day organization. Our chief instructor and head of the Ken Ju Ryu system is Shihanke Russell Rhodes.
  • Our SchoolThe Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts dojo (or school) is a modern, state of the art training facility that is entirely unique and sets the standard for martial arts training in the 21st century.
  • http://wowslider.com/Social Media Follow Pacific Coast Acadmey on Facebook and find us on YouTube. On our YouTube channel you will find many video classes by Shihan Russ Rhodes in a multitude of topics that cover Ken Ju Ryu, Danzan Ryu and other martial arts. You will see techniques performed in their orignal and pure forms as well as many blends and variations - check us out, there is something for everyone!
  • Visit UsWe always like to welcome visitors to our Dojo. We are conveniently located in Los Gatos, California, close to many of the area's main highways to serve the Bay Area, including Los Gatos, San Jose and the surrounding towns.
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Pacific Coast Academy is known for our own martial arts system, Ken Ju Ryu, a synergistic, balanced blend of Hawaiian Kenpo Karate and Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu. The combination of the two art forms is very well rounded giving you hard and soft philosophies. They include percussion arts, kicking and punching, as well as throws, grappling, and joint manipulations.

 

Shihanke Russell Rhodes, and Dai Shihan Professor Sig Kufferath jointly conceived and developed Ken Ju Ryu. Ken Ju Ryu is an innovative and dynamic art form. Ken Ju Ryu is a system that was created by blending Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu with Kenpo Ju Jitsu.


Other arts that have been incorporated into Ken Ju Ryu such as Suro Mike Inay’s Inayan Eskrima and other traditional art forms.

Ken Ju Ryu is an explosive and percussive style that  is used to subdue opponents utilizing kicks, strikes and punches, throws, joint manipulations and chokes. In addition Ken Ju Ryu incorporates the mastery of weapons, and defense against firearms  which culminates in a perfect balance of the martial arts which is modern efficient and extremely lethal.

 

These techniques are designed to teach elementary through advanced martial arts "equations." That is, each technique employs a series of strikes, blocks, take downs, kicks or submission holds that all work together.

 

Carefully combining elements of Kenpo and Ju Jitsu art forms does have great value: it teaches the student the natural balance, synergy, and flow of hundreds of diverse techniques. It creates a predictable, safe method for students to practice effective techniques. The combined techniques are also more challenging and interesting to learn, keeping student interest and motivation high.

 

Invariably during martial arts tests a defender is surprised when the attacker unintentionally throws an unexpected punch, kick or other attack. This is often the best way to judge the defender: how did he/she deal with the attack - by modifying the technique? By unleashing a barrage of "anything that works" (with convincing control and effectively)? If the defender reacts effectively, without pause, the defender has truly grasped the underlying principles of training with choreographed self-defense techniques.


Shihanke Russell Rhodes is the current Soke, Shihanke (head of the system) and inheritor of the Ken Ju Ryu system, holds a 10th dan in the art.

Ken Ju Ryu takes the best techniques from both arts and blends them to create a new and dynamic art. This new technology has became a force in the martial arts world, dominating the tournament circuit and seminars. Professor Kufferath dominated events and tournaments utilizing the Ken Ju Ryu system helping him beating black belt opponents half his age

For the last fifteen years of his life, Professor Kufferath dedicated all of his energy and efforts into developing this amazing new art form,  in honor of his teacher Shihanke Rhodes has dedicated his life to following professor Kufferath’s teachings in both Ken Ju Ryu and Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


Q. How many classes per week should I attend?
A. We recommend two to three classes per week, plus a certain amount of practice time in between classes as the perfect level of training. This allows the student time to work on material between classes and become proficient before new concepts are introduced.

Q. Will there be other beginners in my class?
A. Pacific Coast Academy groups all students by age and rank. Therefore, you will be in a class with students at your own age and skill level.


Q. Will my classes be safe?
A. Absolutely. All classes taught at Pacific Coast Academy are strictly monitored to ensure complete safety. Classes are designed to cater to your ability. You are restricted from training in certain programs that are above your ability. We want you to stay in good form so that you will always be able train.

Q. How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient?
A. The time it takes to become proficient varies with each individual depending on the effort they put forth. Students are often very amazed by their own ability and accomplishment in as little as six months. This training will give you the confidence of knowing that you can defend yourself in most situations, both mentally and physically. The real goal, however, is to attain the rank of Black Belt. Attaining this rank of prestige varies depending on the effort and desire of the individual.

Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts offers a variety of classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. Our classes teach the fundamentals of the arts and progressively challenges our martial artists as they progress within the art. Each class is taught to the highest standards according to traditional arts and modern technologies combined to provide a unique blend that cannot be matched anywhere. Our curriculum is designed to provide the highest quality of training and challenging enough for the student at every level, building on success, providing a positive and safe training experience.

 

Our Adult courses include:

 - Ken Ju Ryu (Kenpo Ju Jitsu) - A blend of Karate, Kenpo, Ju Jitsu and Eskrima
 - Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu - a non sport martial art similiar to Judo
 - Eskrima - a Filipino weapons martial art
 - Toyama Ryu Sword Training

 

 

Young Adults 15 - 17

Young adults aged 15 to 17 who have the stature and the maturity to participate in setting structured for adults can start in a basic adult class. This is at the discrestion of Shihan Rhodes.

 

Adult Kenpo Ju Jitsu

Kenpo Ju Jitsu is an innovative and dynamic art form it enhances Kenpo which is known for being and explosive percussive style that used kicks strikes and punches to subdue opponents. by blending with Ju Jitsu and traditional art form that uses the ground as a weapon, utilizing throws, joint manipulation and chokes, the balance of the two arts is efficient and extremely realistic.

 


Shihanke Russell Rhodes, and Dai Shihan Professor Sig Kufferath (Shihanke Rhodes' teacher) jointly conceived and developed Ken Ju Ryu by  by blending Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu with Kenpo Ju Jitsu. Other arts that have been incorporated into Ken Ju Ryu such as Suro Mike Inay’s Inayan Eskrima and other traditional art forms.


Ken Ju Ryu is an explosive and percussive style that  is used to subdue opponents utilizing kicks, strikes and punches, throws, joint manipulations and chokes. In addition Ken Ju Ryu incorporates the mastery of weapons, and defense against firearms  which culminates in a perfect balance of the martial arts which is modern efficient and extremely lethal.

Russell Rhodes is the current Soke, Shihanke (head of the system) and inheritor of the Ken Ju Ryu system and  holds a 10th dan in the art.

Ken Ju Ryu takes the best techniques from both arts and blends them to create a new and dynamic art. This new technology soon became a force in the martial arts world, dominating the tournament circuit and seminars. Professor Kufferath dominated events and tournaments utilizing the Ken Ju Ryu system helping him beating black belt opponents half his age

For the last fifteen years of his life, Professor Kufferath dedicated all of his energy and efforts into developing this amazing new art form,  in honor of his teacher Shihanke Rhodes has dedicated his life to following professor Kufferath’s teachings in both Ken Ju Ryu and Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu.

 

Adult Danzan Ryu - Ju Jitsu Training

 

Shihan Russell Rhodes studied Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu under the guidance and tutelage of Professor Sig Kufferath from 1985 up until the Professor passed away in May 1999. Professor Kufferath passed on the art to Shihan Rhodes, as taught to him, by the founder Professor Okazaki.

 

Suppleness and flexibility are the main focus of Kodenkan Danzan - Ryu Ju Jitsu. Traditionally concentrating on throws locks break and chokes, which are used to neutralize an opponent.

 

 

Shihan Rhodes teaches Danzan Ryu in the original pure form as taught to him by Professor Kufferath, to over three hundred of his students at his Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts school, one of the largest Kodenkan Ju Jitsu schools in central California.

 

Shihan Rhodes teaches all facets of the Danzan Ryu Art  including:

  • Nage No Kata (Throwing Arts)
  • Yawara (Hand Techniques)
  • Shime No Kata (Constricting Arts)
  • Oku No Kata (Combination Arts)
  • Kakughi Waza (Secret Techniques)
  • Ura Bunkia (Reverse Application)
  • Okuden (Hidden Teachings)
  • Kaiden (Final Teachings of the style)
  • Seifukujitsu (Restoration Arts)

 

Eskrima

 

 

Eskrima is the Filipino spelling of the Spanish word for fencing (esgrima). Eskrima or refers to a class of Filipino martial arts that emphasize weapon-based fighting with the stick, staff or knife.

 

Eskrima has extraordinary principals that are applicable to self defense. This pure Filipino weapons training is designed to accelerate one's reaction time, develop a superb sense of rhythm and reactive body movements.

 

Initially devised to teach intricate moves, to villagers, and generally non professional soldiers, to allow them a measure of protection against other villages, as well as foreign invaders, only techniques that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught en masse were used. . This philosophy of simplicity is still used today and is the underlying base of eskrima. Because of this approach, eskrima and the Filipino martial arts in general are often mistakenly considered to be "simple". However, this refers only to its systematization, not effectiveness. To the contrary, beyond the basic skills lies a very complex structure and a refined skill set that takes years to master.

 

 

 

 

Adult Toyama Ryu Sword Training

Japanese swordsmanship is a modern art inspired by twelve hundred years of samurai history or warrior spirit. it is taken from the practical methods once used by the samurai. This rich history makes Toyama Ryu above all a simple and practical system of swordsmanship.

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