Danzan Ryu Kodenkan Jujitsu
Grandmaster Bill Costa was born I Honolulu, Hawaii. He was an
outstanding baseball player in High School.
During a game, he broke has ankle. He was taken to emergency and
later; his coach who knew Okazaki took him to Grandmaster Okazaki's
house. His coach asks Okazaki if he would be able to play the following
week for it was a championship game. Okazaki replied, "life".
He grabbed two woods and a claw hammer and Grandmaster Costa was
playing in the championship game the following week. He was so amazed
and wanted to learn to massage and heal, he ask Okazaki about learning
to massage. Okazaki first told Grandmaster Costa to come and watch
the jujitsu class, but Grandmaster Costa was more interested in
the massage class. Grandmaster Costa has grown to love jujitsu.
He started training in jujitsu under Grandmaster's Sig Kufferath
and Bing Fai Lau in 1939; Grandmaster Bing Fai Lau suggested that
Grandmaster Costa come out to train four times a week.
Costa received his black belt on February
of 1949. Grandmaster Henry Okazaki later awarded him his jujitsu
scroll later that year. Grandmaster Costa was sent by Okazaki to
be the head instructor of the Pearl Harbor dojo at Naval Housing
Area #2; in 1944 Grandmaster Costa later was awarded his massage
diploma by Grandmaster Okazaki in 1945.
Grandmaster Bill Costa has spent most
of his time with Grandmaster Okazaki, including his last days. He has received
the Governor's Commendation Award and is one of the Senior Advisors for the
Hawaii Kenpo Jujitsu Society.