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Ju-Jitsu - Judo
Submission Grappling

Jim Harrison (Bushidokan Ju-Jitsu Founder) executing Uchi-Mata Maki-Komi during a Randori session in St. Louis - Circa 1963

Ju-Jitsu Demonstration

Jim Harrison & Janet Walgren

Kansas City - Circa 1967


International Ju-Jitsu Federation

United States Ju-Jitsu Federation

Kenukan Academy Ju-Jitsu / Submission Grappling Program

KENUKAN ACADEMY's grappling program has been touted by many as being one of the finest in Kansas City.  Emphasizing strong fundamentals and positional control, KENUKAN teaches a balanced curriculum of pins, locks, chokes, throws, & take-downs - all of which rely on proper leverage & timing, rather than strength.  Classes are structured in a systematic and progressive manner - starting with stretches, then reflex development drills, pin resistance, technique / combination study, and finally, randori (free practice / rolling).

Chief Instructor Travis Boggs began grappling in 1995.  Displaying a unique talent for reading body language on the ground, Sensei Boggs regularly works hands-on with all of his students.  This provides the students an opportunity to learn, through competitive resistance, how to fine tune technique, and improve critical decision making skills.  Not only is Sensei Boggs' depth of knowledge impressive, but his ability to effectively transmit that information in a clear and detailed way is second to none.  In 2007, Jim Harrison recognized Sensei Boggs by granting him authorization to teach, test, and rank students in Bushidokan Ju-Jitsu / Submission Grappling.  Sensei Boggs' students learn a unique blend of Ju-Jitsu, Wrestling, & Judo, resulting in a powerful grappling system that serves as a corner stone to the Academy's overall self-defense and MMA curriculum.

Bushidokan Ju-Jitsu History

KENUKAN ACADEMY teaches Bushidokan Ju-Jitsu / Submission Grappling.  Bushidokan Ju-Jitsu is system developed by Jim Harrison - known as one of most feared fighters from the famed “Blood & Guts” era of the 1960’s.  In the mid 1950‘s, while living in St. Louis, MO, Sensei Harrison began his formal grappling training under Bob Kurth, a former WWII Navy Commando.  After earning his Black Belt in Judo (old school style which emphasized BOTH standing throws & ground techniques), Sensei Harrison became known as one of the midwest’s toughest competitors & sought after teachers.  In the 1960‘s, he fought his way to become a three-time regional AAU Judo Champion.  In 1964, after moving to Kansas City, Sensei hosted the Korean Olympic Yudo (Judo) Team.  In the late 60's, the AAU instituted a professional rule, which classified those that operated dojos as professionals.  Therefore, dojo owners, such as Sensei Harrison, were not allowed to compete in an amateur organization, such as the AAU.  Disappointed with the rejection, Sensei Harrison decided to focus on Karate & Kickboxing competition - which provided him the opportunity to slam-dunk more Karate fighters on the wood floor with throws.  However, his Judo students continued to show

St. Louis, MO - 1963

Jim Harrison


Dirk & Shawn Harrison

Front (L - R)

Toshiyuki Murata, 5th Dan

Japan Police Judo Champion

Middle Left

Prof. Toshiro Daigo, 7th Dan

2-Time National Japan

Judo Champion

Middle Right

excellence in both competition & instruction.  Harry Parker, one of Bushidokan's early Judo / Ju-Jitsu Black Belts, became a 7-time AAU Judo Jr. Division Champion, 3-time AAU Judo Outstanding Player, & AAU Athlete of The Year.  Sensei Harrison's son, Shawn, developed a formidable reputation in his own right as a Judo-ka and wrestler.  Shawn was undefeated in 7 years of AAU Judo competition and was a 3-time AAU Judo Outstanding Player.  In 1980, Shawn was selected to be on the US Olympic Judo Team.  However, the United States boycotted the Olympics that year, resulting in the team being unable to compete.  Later on, after moving to Missoula, MT, UFC / Pride / Affliction champion Josh Barnett trained, studied, and taught at Sensei's dojo.  In 1999, showing his love for Judo and a tolerance for pain, Sensei Harrison won the National Masters Championships, and placed 3rd in the World Master Athlete Judo Championships (despite tearing the cartilage and ligaments in his left knee and re-injuring his right knee - which kept him from any training (except one light 15 minute workout) to prepare for the World Games).  Bushidokan Ju-Jitsu fighters are considered to be some of the most knowledgable and skilled in the world.

Brief History of Ju-Jitsu & Judo

Prior to 1882, the bare-handed fighting taught to the Japanese Samurai (warriors) was known as Ju-Jitsu.  Ju-Jitsu was a means of secondary defense on the battle field - if one’s sword or primary weapon was dropped, damaged, or inaccessible.  Ju-Jitsu eventually became “stylized”.  These styles, or “ryus”, began to specialize in certain techniques that the masters who taught them were known for.  Some styles focused on striking and kicking, some on throwing, and others on ground fighting.  When the military need for Ju-Jitsu was diminished due to the replacement of the Samurai fighting arts for western firearms, cannons, and tactics, many Ju-Jitsu masters opened their own dojos (training halls).  Ju-Jitsu, which was once reserved only for the Bushi (warrior) class, was now open to the general population.  

A young scholar, Jigoro Kano, who had studied several styles of Ju-Jitsu, saw the need to create a new blend that drew from the best techniques that each style had to offer.  He also had the intent to create something that could be taught on a mass scale to the Japanese people as a means to preserve the rich cultural heritage, values, and ethics contained in Ju-Jitsu - not to mention the physical, spiritual, and self-defense benefits that the art had to offer.  Kano systematically created his new hybrid Ju-Jitsu and made key additions that would lead to the art’s success.  Many of the old traditions found with the Samurai took on modern manifestations. First, he introduced the Judo-gi (heavyweight cloth top and lightweight pants) and the obi (belt) in order to replace the armor clad clothing that was worn on the battle field.  Next, he organized an official ranking system in order to classify students according to skill level.  Thus, the kyu (class) and dan (degree) system was developed, along with the corresponding belt colors of white, brown, and black.  He then eliminated or modified the dangerous techniques that could not be safely applied in the dojo.  Many of the techniques were also changed as to rely more on proper leverage rather than strength.  What resulted was a set of throws that involved the use of the hands, hip, & legs, plus, controlling pins, joint locks, chokes, and striking/kicking techniques (for self-defense practice only).  These techniques were developed and polished through the means of kata (formal practice), randori (free sparring), and shiai (contest).  Rules were established in order to allow for safe practice, yet providing the opportunity to develop real fighting ability through rugged resistance.  In many ways, Kano replaced the battle field with the tatami (mat).  It did not take long before Kano’s dojo, called the Kodokan, began to produce some of the finest Ju-Jitsu fighters in all of Japan.

Kano's Judo spread throughout Japan and gained prominence by defeating practitioners of other styles in shiais (tournaments).  During the early 1900's, Kano dispatched Judo ambassadors around the world to help spread the art.  The result was Judo taking shape in such places as Europe, America, & Brazil (where it became known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).  By 1956, Judo had enough international participants to organize the first World Championships.  In 1964, Japan hosted the Olympics and chose Judo as their selection for entry into The Games.  Once Judo became an Olympic Sport, it spread incredibly fast!  However, with the explosion in popularity of Karate in the late 1960's and early 1970's, Judo lost a lot of participation and new students.  However, in 1993, after the stunning success of Royce Gracie in the early days of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships), an interest in grappling began to come back.  Now, people all over the world study Judo, Ju-Jitsu, & Wrestling, along side striking arts, in order to become well-balanced practitioners of self-defense and street combat.