The leaders of the SMAA all have close ties to the martial community in Japan. Although they are reimbursed for their expenses, they receive no salaries. Their rewards lie in the friendships that are born within the SMAA and the exchange of knowledge that takes place as the result of SMAA membership.
What's in a Name?
It is important to note that no martial connotation can be found in the appellation Shudokan, no reference to karate-do or any specific martial arts is contained in the name, and the name has even been used on occasion by schools of Japanese cultural arts that have no connection to budo. Actually, any do form, ranging from judo to karate-do to iaido, or even fine arts such as shodo, could be considered a "vehicle for cultivating the way."