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Japanese Jiu-Jitsu


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Darrell Max Craig received his initiation into the martial arts in 1956 while stationed in Japan. In 1968, he became the Texas Open Karate Champion. The same year he was ranked 4th in the US in Okinawan weapons. In 1971, he started studying the art of Kendo and participated in five World Kendo Championships. In 1985 he was a member of the US World team in Paris, France. He has choreographed martial arts scenes for a number of feature films and is the author of 7 books, including IAI: The Art of Drawing the Sword. He has been involved with numerous S.W.A.T. teams both federal and state as their self-defense mentor. He holds the following ranks in budo:
7th Dan Kyoshi, Shihan Kendo & Junse Jujitsu
6th Dan Kyoshi Karate & Iaido, Mugai Ryu
5th Dan Kyoshi Kobudo, Seishin Kai (Okinawan weaponry)
4th Dan Kodokan Judo & Japanese Police Aikido
Sensei Craig lives in Houston, Texas where he established the Houston Budokan, Inc. ( as a center for the study of Japanese martial arts. He retired from competition in 1986 but continues to coach and teach at his dojo.


"Sensei Craig writes as clearly and precisely as he teaches and practices the martial arts. This is a great read for judokas and all those interested in martial arts." --Bob Edwards, US Secret Service (retired)
"Superb book. Impressive in that you can learn many essential techniques of fighting from this book and the history of the martial arts would be lifeless without a book like this." --Carla Martin, Pan American gold medalist, Judo
"A complex and most interesting book on ancient techniques for the Judoka or MMA practitioner. "--Andres Tellez, USA Judo Champion 2014 (Bronze medalist)
"Yet another doctrine exhibiting Craig Sensei's aptitude toward Martial Arts. His ability to convey its intricate teachings seamlessly to all is what truly earns him the title of Advanced Master Teacher." --Freddie Castillo II, U.S.A.N.K.F National Champion
"This book is yet another example of Darrell Craig's depth of knowledge in many disciplines of the martial arts of Japan. His combination of technical instruction and historical perspective guarantees the reader a richer appreciation of the art of Jiu-Jitsu." --Steven Tiller, Veteran Federal Law Enforcement Officer and Martial Arts Practitioner
"I greatly enjoyed this book as it provided me with a greater understanding of the ancient art of Jiu-Jitsu and serves to explain the method behind the movements. I would recommend this book to both experienced students and those beginning martial arts. "--Eric Kurzyniec, Airborne Ranger, Combat Veteran, United States Army (retired)
"The true martial artist absorbs and seeks out all the valuable and available information to sharpen and perfect their craft and skills. My son, Taylor Collins, studied under Sensei Craig for over 12 years. I watched Sensei transform a child and then a young man into a U.S. National Karate Champion. If you are interested and committed to martial arts, I know you will read this book." --Judge Denise Collins, Texas State District Judge, Taylor's mother
"If you have an interest in the martial art of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Darrel Craig's book with the straight-forward title Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, provides an excellent synopsis. The book offers a historical overview of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, as well as significant details on the principals and techniques of this interesting martial art." -- Full Potential Martial Arts school

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