SHUDOKAN MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION

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WHO CAN JOIN

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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

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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.

Articles

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

Dan Ranking and Teaching Titles

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

Membership Information

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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

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

Staff

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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!

Events

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

Payments

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

Publications

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

Code of Ethics

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Contact

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

Aikido Division

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

Iaido Division

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

Judo Division

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

Jujutsu Division

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

The Other Three Corners

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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

Self-Mastery

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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

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

One Thing Right Today

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

What is Suiejutsu?

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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

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

What is Jujutsu?

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

The Martial Arts Social Contract

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

Fudoshin – The Immovable Mind

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

AI-UCHI: MUTUAL DESTRUCTION

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

The Beginner’s Mind

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

The Three Aspects of Training

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

RANDORI: FREE PRACTICE, COMPETITION, AND COMBAT

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

The Student As Teacher

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

Uke: The Receiver of the Technique

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Information & Certification in Legitimate Heritage Japanese Martial Arts

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

Autosuggestion in Japanese Yoga & Budo

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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

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

Tanren

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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

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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

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

Individuality

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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

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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

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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

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

Shodo: A Japanese Path to Moving Meditation

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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

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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.?

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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

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

The Ryu: A Definition in Context

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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

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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

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

Kata

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

My Introduction to Bujutsu

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

The Principles of Nakamura Ryu

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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

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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

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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"

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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

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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

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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

Fighting?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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"

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

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