Professor Pat Browne

Professor Patrick Joseph Browne was born in Berwyn, Illinois, on November 9, 1947.   After he graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1965, Pat received a B.A. in biology from North Central College in Naperville. It was while he was a student there that he began to study jujitsu. In the fall of 1967, Pat visited the Naperville YMCA and saw Danzan Ryu Jujitsu for the first time. Sensei Steve Paulding, a longtime student of Professors Ray and Marie Law, taught the class. Sensei Paulding had a class full of beginners and he urged an enthusiastic Pat to join and help him.

Professor Browne was promoted to the rank of shodan in 1969. He also took over the Naperville Judo Club from Steve Paulding in July of that year and during that those years he founded the Explorer Post 187 Judo Club, where he taught until 1972. Professor Browne was promoted to nidan in 1970 and Sandan in 1973. In 1974, he moved his jujitsu club to the Downers Grove YMCA and renamed it the Suburban Kodenkai. His class remained there until 1990. In 1983, Pat Browne was promoted to Professor by the AJJF.  He was promoted to Shichidan on June 25, 1994.  In 1990 he moved his dojo to downtown Chicago.  He taught at that location until his death in 1996.

The legacy that Professor Pat Browne left behind had an effect on Danzan Ryu in the Mid-west.  He promoted seventeen black belts and his students are currently running twelve Danzan Ryu dojos.  Starting in 1984, Professor Browne sponsored many AJJF massage certification programs, which helped to spread Professor Okazaki’s Long-life Massage across the Mid-west.