Bestia Martial Arts
"As you train , so shall you fight"

Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu

Sensei Leo Barahona

    Leo Barahona is originally from Caracas, Venezuela.
 He currently works as a paramedic and provides services as a tactical medic on a local SWAT team. His training started at the age of 12 and began by wrestling in junior high, high school and continued into college. He has also coached and officiated high school wrestling at a varsity level for a total of nine years. It was during his time in the Air Force, while wrestling on the base team in 1996, that he was introduced to ju jitsu and became very serious and passionate about the art. Leo studied Japanese and Brazilian Ju Jitsu for a few years before meeting Professor James Muro in 1999 and beginning his study of Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu. Leo holds the rank of third degree black belt in Danzan Ryu and is a member of both Kilohana and American Jujitsu Institute (AJI) organizations. In addition to ju jitsu he also trained in Serrada and Decuerdas Escrima and he hold the rank of "Guru" in escrima. Like most martial artist Leo Barahona always welcomes the opportunity to learn something new. The doors at Bestia Martial Arts are open to all who wish to train, regardless of skill level. Like our doors, our minds too will be open so that we could have an open exchange of training methodologies and styles.


"Sandalwood Mountain System" (from the Chinese name for Hawaii)  is a Ryu of jujutsu founded by Henry Seishiro Okazaki (1890–1951) in Hawaii. It was founded in the 1920's in the Hawaiian Islands, and is one of the most comprehensive and most widely taught styles of Jujitsu in the United States. It includes not only all the improtant elements of an effective self-defense system, but also a complete system of resuscitation, therapy and healing arts.

Jujitsu is a Japanese philosophy of self-defense, relying on skill and technique rather than strength and size. Judo is the practice of the “Way” of Jujitsu. It’s the elevation of one’s total self by understanding and adopting the principles of Ju into your manner of being. Professor

Danzan Ryu Jujitsu training is systematic and comprehensive. It involves learning to roll and fall (Sutemi), to move and balance (Tai Sabaki), to escape from grabs and manipulate joints (Yawara), to throw & project (Nage), to submit an opponent (Shime), to counter and transition (Oku), to reverse damage and heal injuries (Seifukujitsu), as well as many other in-depth areas of focus.

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