Go Dai Henka Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu Classes At West Coast Dojo

The Go Dai Henka Jiu Jitsu System was developed to focus on close quarter combat, throws, takedowns, and submissions.

The program meets two nights a week. (Tues & Thurs from 8 pm  to 9:15 pm).

Shihan Steven Schwartz is the chief instructor for the Go Dai Henka System.

Please contact us or give us a call if you would like to attend or watch a class.

Go Dai Henka  Jiu Jitsu uses the 5 basic principles

  • Balance
  • Sensitivity
  • Leverage
  • Utilize the opponents strength to your advantage
  • Attack the opponents weakness


The Jiu Jitsu Focus Areas for Classes

Ukemi - The art of falling

  • Falls - Learning how to fall properly is extremely important and will help prevent injury during the throws which are performed.  When done properly, a break-fall can reduce the impact of hitting the ground by up to 80%.
  • Rolls - When falls cannot be used, we teach forward and back rolls to help while moving to the ground.   Rolls can be either done on the ground or can be aerial.

Nage-waza - Throwing techniques

  • Tachi Waza or Standing Throws - These throws are performed on an uke or attacker from the standing position.
  • Sutemi Waza or Sacrificing Throws - Throws of this nature require the tori or the person throwing sacrifice their posture to bring the uke to the ground.

Kime-no-Kata - Forms of self-defense.

  • The katas consist of a punch, kick, grab, or lock, which requires the tori to escape and finish with a submission.

Randori - Grappling and ground work.

  • Whether starting from stand up, the clench, or on the ground, we put our Jiu Jitsu to the test through Randori.  Students apply the knowledge gained during class and mat time to try to get a dominant position and achieve a submission through chokes, locks, or bars.  The match ends when either side taps out.

About the Go Dai Henka Jiu Jitsu system

Go Dai Henka, which means the 5 changing elements, is a combination of Japanese Shinto Yoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu, along with Thai, Philipino, and Chinese martial arts.

It uses a combination of 5 animals which can also use any of the 5 elements to change the intent, flow, and power being delivered while executing a technique, throw, or submission.

The 5 animals in the Jiu Jitsu system include:

  • Gorilla
  • Monkey
  • Snake
  • Hawk
  • Bear

The 5 elements the Jiu Jitsu system is based from includes: 

  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Wind
  • Water
  • Metal

Jiu Jitsu Class Hours and Cost

Our Jiu Jitsu program meets 2 nights a week ( Tues & Thurs) at 8:00 pm until 9:15 pm.

Contact our office today if you are interested in joining or have any questions.

Cost of Jiu Jitsu Classes: $90 / month.