Fujin Goshin No Maki

Fujin Goshin No Maki

Scroll of Women’s Self Defense
 

Fujin Goshin No Maki, The Scroll of Women’s Self-Defense, was developed by Professor Henry Seishiro Okazaki.
 
“Fujin” means Woman

“Go” means Defense

“Shin” means Self

“No” means Of

“Maki” means Scroll

 
This specialized list of self-defense arts for women was also the focus of Professor
Okazaki’s 1929 book, The Science of Self-Defense for Girls & Women.
 
The original Fujin Goshin No Maki list apparently contained 35 arts which included three
knife attack defenses and three handgun defenses. There was a strong emphasis in using atemi strikes to cause severe injury, harsh breaking techniques instead of control holds, and a focus on developing the “fighting spirit” needed for self-defense.
 

Fujin Goshin No Maki is one of the original boards developed and taught by Professor

Okazaki and is found in some, but not all, of the currently known mokuroku scrolls

presented to many of his black belts. The mokuroku presented to Professor Bud Estes

in 1939 contains the title of Fujin Goshin No Maki and all the names of the individual

techniques.
 
Unfortunately, many of the mokuroku scrolls presented by Professor Okazaki have either been lost or destroyed or are not available to the Danzan Ryu community for viewing or historic research.
 

Professor Bill Montero, a student of Professor John Cahill and Professor Okazaki, said

Fujin Goshin No Maki was taught primarily to women who needed a short self-defense

course. These women were usually not regular jujitsu students, so this course would

probably be their only exposure to self-defense training and the martial arts.

 
There are no submission or control holds in this list. According to Professor Montero, Fujin Goshin No Maki focused heavily on defending against a violent attack. You were to inflict quick and immediate physical and psychological damage to your attacker and then immediately leave the area or engage the next attacker.
 
Initially, Professor Okazaki taught the Fujin Goshin No Maki course himself. Later he

selected some of his black belts to teach it. Depending on the class size and the

specific needs of the students, the black belt instructors were free to teach selected arts

from the list as well as different variations. Some of these courses were apparently as

short as four hours and some were as long as 40 hours.

 
The names of the individual arts on the original Fujin Goshin No Maki board are listed in

the AJJF Kata Manual as Chuden “Intermediate Teaching” list; however, we have no

written descriptions of these arts.

 
Fujin Goshin No Maki is one of the least known and practiced boards passed on to us

by Professor Okazaki.

 
It’s evident that over the past 60 years, the original techniques of this list have been either eliminated, modified or changed. This original board is an important part of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, its history, and the teachings of Professor Okazaki, but it may be on the verge of being lost forever. Research is still underway to reconstruct the original techniques so that we can once again practice and teach this unusual list.