Danzan Ryu jujitsu is a system comprised of courses. Each course, or list, contains arts that are presented in a manner that conveys the concept of the list. The first list of DZR is named Yawara. The Japanese character or kanji used is the same as “ju” in ju jitsu and ju do. It is the original name for jujitsu which is the original art leading to the concept of judo.
Yawara as a concept means soft, yielding or pliable.
The first seven arts in the list are forms of hazushi. Hazushi, which translates to escape or avoidance, is the first step of a strategic battle. It is taught first for two reasons, the first being that the first things learned, in a crisis situation, are the first things utilized. The second reason is that we want tori to avoid a confrontation above all else. These seven arts described as simple escapes from simple attacks contain no offensive motions, rather using physics of leverage, wedges and spirals to quickly and simply dissolve the attack. Then, step away safely.
Hazushi as a concept means avoiding or escaping an attack.
As a strategy, avoidance really is a primary step for conflict resolution. After that, if for example the person re-attacks tori might escalate the response to a painful joint-locking hold. Then, when re-attacked further, perhaps a debilitating throw, then a throw with a painful pin then throwing, pinning, maiming and so forth escalating to the deadlier arts.
Those few of us with the knowledge of life and death from the higher arts, and with our ability to so easily travel that path with our own or with another’s life is a serious weight on our soul. Therefore, as we get further down that path we MUST be more and more humble. Always taking the higher path of avoidance whenever possible, at least until escalation is the only alternative. Then, release hell’s fury.
A noted verse: ” The boughs that bear the most hang the lowest.”