Colorado Kodenkan is a jujitsu school, teaching mainly Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. Kodenkan means ancient tradition school. (It also happens to be the name of Professor Okazaki’s dojo in Honolulu, HI.) Danzan Ryu is a traditional jujitsu style that was founded by Henry Seishiro Okazaki around 1922 in Hawaii. Dan Zan, in Japanese, translates to sandalwood mountain. This was a tribute to Okazaki’s Chinese martial arts teacher (T’an Shan in Chinese is Hawai’i). The term, Danzan-Ryu means Hawai’ian Style. Professor Okazaki “started to practice Jujutsu in earnest and in defiance of death” after being diagnosed with incurable tuberculosis. He comprised his system with various parts of traditional Jujutsu, Hawaiian Lua, Okinawan Karate, Filipino Eskrima, Chinese Kung Fu and American wrestling. Should you wish to learn more about Professor Okazaki and Danzan Ryu, please sign up for a class or check out a great resource maintained by Prof. George Arrington III.

Chris Love – Chief Instructor

The chief instructor at Colorado Kodenkan is Sensei Chris Love. Chris started his martial arts training in a mixed style, near the end of 1993 while living in Arizona. After moving back home to the Chicago area he briefly studied a Tae Kwon Do / mixed style and Aikido before becoming introduced to Miyama Ryu JuJutsu. He started studying this style at the College of DuPage program run by Combat Arts Institute, under Sensei John Martin and Sensei Don Koz in March, 1994. He spent the next 5 1/2 years rising through the ranks, preparing for sankyu before relocating to the San Jose, CA. Chris began training with Professor Tony Janovich in July of 2000. Chris has completed training in Professor Okazaki’s Restoration Therapy, taking both the Basic and Advanced courses from Professor Janovich, completing them in April, 2004.

After attending class 3 nights a week for several years and assisting with kids and adult classes, Chris tested for his Shodan in December, 2003. Just over two years later, in January 2006, Chris received his Nidan. In July, 2009, during a visit from Professor Clive Guth, Sensei Chris was promoted to Sandan. This is an unprecedented event as promotions are done only at the Kodenkan in Santa Clara, CA. In February and March of 2013, Chris attended Professor Janovich’s Kodenkan JuJitsu Okugi class. This class is held once every 10 years for instructors from around the world. At graduation, Chris was awarded the title of Kyoshi. He was also promoted to 4th Dan (Yodan). Chris was one of Professor Janovich’s ukes as well as had the distinct honor of demonstrating techniques from Yawara up through Shinnin as well as being uke for Shinyo and Shingen arts.

Chris currently serves as the Southwest Regional Director for the KDRJA – Kodenkan Danzan Ryu JuJitsu Association.

There is a direct lineage to Professor Okazaki in Chris’ training (Okazaki – Kufferath – Janovich – Love). This is important in transmission of the art and preserving its heritage. Chris is the highest ranked instructor in Colorado of this direct lineage.

In addition to Danzan Ryu, Chris is also an instructor in Ju-Jo an invention of Dr. John J. Lewis (who was the instructor of Sensei Martin and Sensei Koz of Combat Arts Institute). As far as it is known, at the time of this writing, Chris is one of a few, if not the only, Ju-jo instructor west of the Mississippi. Chris has also studied modern combatives with Lee Morrison and has appeared in one of Lee’s instructional videos from Paladin Press. Chris has also studied Filipino Kali under Guro Mike Jennings.

Outside of the dojo, Chris has created and teaches a class for pilots and flight crew. This class deals with varying scenarios on board a commercial aircraft from intoxicated or belligerent passengers, those trying to exit the plane while at altitude up through counter-terrorism. This class is currently taught to a major U.S. air carrier.

Please contact Chris for information on the following classes:

Women’s self defense
Self defense
Law enforcement
Consultant to law enforcement
Security professionals
Executive protection
Fight scene planning and choreography
Traditional JuJitsu in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Aircrew self defense and supplemental training

Summary of other relevant experience:

Assisted in training police officers and deputies with Professor Janovich
Attended National Institute of Bail Enforcement – September, 1996 – Life Member NABEA
Served civil process for approximately 5 years in Northeastern Illinois
State of Illinois Firearms Training Certificate – valid for pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun
Licensed Private Detective State of Wisconsin – May, 1997
Smith & Wesson Academy, NRA and other defensive pistol training
Competitive pistol shooter in IDPA
Trained police officers in arrest tactics and maneuvers
Experience working/training with police tactical teams
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Science in Management
Approximately 19 years in Information Technology
Consultant to a major air carrier for aircrew/cabin self defense
Certified Professional Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
Certified Professional Life Coach
NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO)
Certified Instructor Refuse To Be A Victim
Instructor at 2015 ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association)
BLS Certfication – CPR/AED/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogen

Sensei Chris during a test

Sensei Chris during a test


Chris Bowlin – Senior Student/Assistant – 1st Dan

Chris Bowlin – started martial arts at age 11 years old outside of Indianapolis in American and Chinese Kenpo. It is a system of martial arts created by Ed Parker, characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession intended to overwhelm an opponent. It is largely marketed as a self-defense system, and is derived from traditional Japanese martial arts and other martial arts such as Southern Chinese kung fu found in the cultural melting pot of Hawaii as did Danzan Ryu JuJitsu. At age 17, Chris received his black belt and am now studying Danzan Ryu JuJitsu as an Assistant Insturctor under Sensei Chris Love at the rank of sankyu. Outside of the Dojo, Chris currently works at a hospital as a Cardiopulmonary Manager and have extensive experience as a Flight Paramedic and Firefighter. Sempai Chris is currently working on his second Masters in Project Management. On December 17, 2012, Chris was promoted to Shodan, the first for Colorado Kodenkan. Chris is also a huge fan of hockey —- Go Bruins —-. Sempai Chris enjoys teaching Martial Arts and hopes to have his own studio in the future.


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