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The SMAA invites all individuals who are interested in traditional Japanese budo and koryu bujutsu to apply for membership.

About the Shudokan Martial Arts Association


The Shudokan Martial Arts Association (SMAA, Shudokan Budo-Kai) was founded in January 1994 by martial artists concerned with promoting and safeguarding the traditional martial arts and ways of Japan.



From Budo to Bujutsu--read about martial arts topics written by real martial artists!

Dan Ranking and Teaching Titles


From Black Belt Certificates to teaching titles, we can give you all of our rank certification information, here!

Membership Information


Do you want to participate in authentic Japanese martial arts? Find all of SMAA’s membership info, here!

Information & Certification in Legitimate Heritage Japanese Martial Arts


Have you practiced in a dojo without real credentials? Practice legitimate, historical martial arts with SMAA!



Martial arts, from karate-do to iaido, is more than just a name--it's about the people behind it, too. Meet our array of qualified senseis!



The SMAA plans seminars available to all members! Check out what we're planning, soon.



What will you be paying for membership in the SMAA? Belt certificates, membership, find our pricings here!



Do you want to read books from experienced, Japanese Martial Artists and Writers? Check out these amazing titles!

Code of Ethics


We strongly believe in our ethics. The reputation, honor, and future of the SMAA depend on our members' conduct.

Frequently Asked Questions


Budo basics, martial arts membership--SMAA is frequently asked many martial arts questions. See if we answer yours, here!



If you have any questions or concerns about our Martial Arts Association, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Aikido Division


Aikido is a dynamic martial art and form of spiritual training focused on non-violent punching and pinning techniques.

Iaido Division


Iaido focuses on the drawing and use of the traditional Japanese sword; it's widely regarded as a form of moving meditation.

Judo Division


SMAA's traditional Judo combines competitive elements of Kokodan Judo, the study of judo’s spiritual basis, and its philosophical life applications.

Jujutsu Division


Often regarded as the oldest Japanese Martial Art, Jujutsu is a collective name for Japanese martial systems including unarmed and armed methods.

Karate-do Division


Karate-do is a martial art is primarily a striking art using punching, kicking, as well as knee and elbow strikes.

Who, What, and Why


I ask potential students within the first month of training, or even before they begin training. I usually don’t ask it in so bl

Health Benefits of Martial Arts


Whether you have “martial arts” written on your bucket list or keep a rack of black belts in your closet, doing martial arts tod

Ai-Uchi Mutual Destruction


To most practitioners, ai-uchi simply means the two sides strike each other at the same time, so their points cancel out each ot

Tachi Uchi No Kurai and the Three Initiatives


The teaching and practice of paired kata is meant to communicate, among other things, how swordsmen interact in contest.

The Extraordinary Professor Kano - His Books, Influence, and Political Legacy


Kano Jigoro Sensei was the founder of Kodokan judo. While he’s mainly known for his contributions to the world of martial arts a

A Brief History of the Japanese Sword


Sensei Paul Martin gave us a detailed history of Japanese swords in volume 20, issue 3 of the “SMAA Journal.” Here’s a brief ove

The Martial Arts Social Contract


Between martial arts teachers and their students, there exists a social contract. The contract—mostly implied, sometimes written

The Other Three Corners


“Every truth has four corners. As a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.” – Confucius

Finding Time for Budo


A friend recently asked me to comment on how one finds the time to train. We live in a day and age, he noted, that puts a stress

Purification: Excerpt from Budo Mind and Body: Training Secrets from the Japanese Martial Arts


An important concept in budo is that of self-purification through training. Budo practice is thought by some to be a means of ap

The Student As Teacher


Even if you haven't been officially designated as an instructor, you may occasionally be called upon to help another student. Th

Beginning Martial Arts


Beginning martial arts can be overwhelming, but everyone has been there. Even the most experienced sensei can remember being new



In the area of character development, we strive to become deeper and more in tune with our art, with our opponent, and with the

Japanese Martial Arts: the Spiritual Dimension


Despite their wide popularity, Japanese arts are often misunderstood and distorted in the West.

One Thing Right Today


A great way to approach each day in the dojo is to decide to "get one thing right today."

What is Suiejutsu?


These antique and sophisticated forms of martial swimming are presently undergoing a resurgence in Japan and videos can be found

Martial Arts is a Form of Physical Expression of Energy


Martial arts is a collection of postural forms designed to express physical energy.

What is Jujutsu?


When you think of Jujutsu, do you think about action movies?

The Martial Arts Social Contract


Between martial arts teachers and their students, a social contract exists.

Fudoshin – The Immovable Mind


You may become a better student, teacher, and performer with support from the SMAA.



The meaning of most importance to martial artists is the concept of ai-uchi as “mutual strikes.”

The Beginner’s Mind


The Shudokan Martial Arts Association is a martial arts organization for everyone!

The Three Aspects of Training


There are three aspects to physical training in budo, whether you train for self-defense, physical fitness, or character develop



We offer custom martial arts certificates for judo, karate, jujutsu, iaido, and aikido.

The Student As Teacher


The Shudokan Martial Arts Association is a world martial arts association with members in multiple countries.

Uke: The Receiver of the Technique


The uke in martial arts is the one who receives the hit from a technique from the sensei during a demonstration.

Kata Geiko and Seishin Tanren


Kata geiko and seishin tanren can help forge spirits to face the stress of combat and the uncertainties of life.

Don’t Forget the Basics: Anatomy, Physiology, Relaxation, and Physics


Studying the Japanese martial arts is both a physical and mental endeavor. We sometimes get so wrapped up in training in the doj

Finding the Time for Budo


Finding the time to train is a problem many martial artists, even the samurai, have felt and will continue to feel.

Power of the Positive


Positivity can transform the education, execution, and communication of martial arts.

Information & Certification in Legitimate Heritage Japanese Martial Arts


Are you curious about joining in traditional Japanese martial arts? We answer your questions on SMAA certification and membershi

Autosuggestion in Japanese Yoga & Budo


Take a journey with Atsuhiro's in-depth look into the implications of Japanese Yoga and Budo on the mind. What are the benefits?

Jujutsu--The Terminology


Jujutsu, Jujitsu, Koryu, Kodokan--for the beginner, this whirlwind of terms can be confusing! Don't worry. Muromoto Sensei is he



In a delightfully accurate analogy of a forge to training, Evans sensei discusses the importance of martial arts training.

Experiencing the 2007 SMAA Seminar & Conference


Bokken, Iaido, and more--here's a look in to the SMAA 2007 martial arts conference!

Te-no-Uchi: Gripping the Sword in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido


Building a house, you don’t forego the bricks—Iaido’s sword grip is often forgotten. Avoid various issues with Suino Sensei’s de



In martial arts dojos of uniforms and identical salutes, where is the room for individuality? Suino Sensei argues its in our act

Mon-Iri: Entering the Gates


A single step begins a journey--Muromoto Wayne's captivating tale of his judo journey transports any martial artist into familia

Scary! A Clumsy Tennessean, Sword in Hand, Attends the SMAA Europe Seminar


When swords and martial arts mix, the results can be interesting! Iaido and more--read this first-hand account of the Shudokan M

An excerpt from "Clouds in the West" by Dave Lowry


Be transported with this small, but insightful, excerpt from martial artist Dave Lowry's journey in Japan.

Shodo: A Japanese Path to Moving Meditation


H.E. Davey's captivating Shodo article carries us away to a world of traditional Japanese brush strokes and breath, where martia

A Judo Journey


Follow Richard Burkland sensei's journey as a martial artist experiencing judo--how it changed his life, how it affects him now!

Japanese Judo: R.I.P.?


Is the Japanese martial art, Judo, dead? Colby Sensei delves into the thoughts of Japanese Judo masters and why IJF events..

The Importance of Understanding & Experiencing One's Center of Balance


Joseph Rippy Sensei describes the importance of a martial artist’s balance in Traditional Japanese Budo.

The Ryu: A Definition in Context


Lowry uses down-to-earth examples to showcase the true meaning of Ryu in martial arts, taking context from Japanese history and

Wado Ryu Karate-do


Are you interested in Karate-do? This Japanese martial art has one heck of a history—secret training, a dramatic schism, learn t

The Humble Budoka


SMAA Mark Colby takes the reader on a journey through humility—its role in modern day Judo, Budo, and in any traditional Japanes



Discipline and repetition or ridicule and inaccuracy--discover where Kata stands in Japanese martial arts and in life.

My Introduction to Bujutsu


Accompany Sawai Sensei on his Bujutsu journey, beginning with the unique, Japanese martial art, koshiki suiei-jutsu!

The Principles of Nakamura Ryu


Nakamura sensei escorts the reader on his journey through martial arts—revealing both his principles and his training in judo, k

A Brief History of Toyama Ryu


Toyama Ryu Iaido—a standing sword art. From its origins to its modern applications, let’s look at this brief but detailed read,

The Tradition of The Takeuchi Ryu


With great tradition comes great stories--from its origin to its modern applicatoin, Wayne tells the enthralling tale of the Tak

Book review of "Unlocking the Secrets of Aiki-Jujutsu"


Join Fabian Sensei as he describes H.E. Davey Sensei's journey to teach his readers about the traditional Japanese martial art o

Identifying Characteristics of Nihon Jujutsu


In a world of commercialized dojos, how do we know what is a true Japanese Martial Art? SMAA Fabian Sensei explains in detail.

Fudoshin and Its Continuing Relevance


To stand unflinching against evil or to be moved by it--what is Fudoshin and where is its place today? In martial arts? In the S



What is fighting? How is it related to martial arts? Brett Dennison seeks to define this answer in terms of SMAA and clarify any

Judo: Martial Way or Modern Sport?


Judo-- a well-known martial art and sport, it captivates hundreds of countries. But is it still budo? Come along with Burklund S

Koryu Batto and Modern Iaido


What is Iaido? Where did it come from and where is it now? Jump into the fascinating history of this Japanese Martial art with A

First SMAA National Seminar & Conference


Many martial artists gather for Iaido, Ikebana, and the Asian martial arts in general, but what was it like to experience the SM

Budo and the Art of Japanese Calligraphy


Come along, as H.E. Davey sensei describes the parallels between Japanese Calligraphy and the traditional Asian Martial Art, Bud

Preface from Unlocking the Secrets of Aiki-jujutsu


If you've ever wondered whether spirituality has a place in martial arts, you're not alone--H.E. Davey seeks to answer this ques

An Excerpt From "Budo Mind and Body"


What is Budo truly about? This article seeks to explain that question in a modern context for any martial artist!


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