The SMAA invites all individuals who are interested in traditional Japanese budo and koryu bujutsu to apply for membership.
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.
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Aikido is a dynamic martial art and form of spiritual training focused on non-violent punching and pinning techniques.
Iaido focuses on the drawing and use of the traditional Japanese sword; it's widely regarded as a form of moving meditation.
SMAA's traditional Judo combines competitive elements of Kokodan Judo, the study of judo’s spiritual basis, and its philosophical life applications.
Often regarded as the oldest Japanese Martial Art, Jujutsu is a collective name for Japanese martial systems including unarmed and armed methods.
Karate-do is a martial art is primarily a striking art using punching, kicking, as well as knee and elbow strikes.
Kano Jigoro Sensei was the founder of Kodokan judo. While he’s mainly known for his contributions to the world of martial arts a
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
Between martial arts teachers and their students, there exists a social contract. The contract—mostly implied, sometimes written
“Every truth has four corners. As a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.” – Confucius
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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
Despite their wide popularity, Japanese arts are often misunderstood and distorted in the West.
A great way to approach each day in the dojo is to decide to "get one thing right today."
These antique and sophisticated forms of martial swimming are presently undergoing a resurgence in Japan and videos can be found
Martial arts is a collection of postural forms designed to express physical energy.
When you think of Jujutsu, do you think about action movies?
Between martial arts teachers and their students, a social contract exists.
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 Shudokan Martial Arts Association is a martial arts organization for everyone!
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 Shudokan Martial Arts Association is a world martial arts association with members in multiple countries.
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 can help forge spirits to face the stress of combat and the uncertainties of life.
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 to train is a problem many martial artists, even the samurai, have felt and will continue to feel.
Positivity can transform the education, execution, and communication of martial arts.
Are you curious about joining in traditional Japanese martial arts? We answer your questions on SMAA certification and membershi
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