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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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

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!

Kata

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

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

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 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

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.

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..

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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!

Tanren

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

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

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?

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