Thursday, July 14, 2011

SMAA Journal

The latest issue of the SMAA Journal has been sent to members. If you do not receive this issue, it's most likely because your e-mail address has changed, and we don't have your current information, or you have not paid dues. If you fail to receive the new issue, send e-mail to If you'd like to get our quarterly publication, join the SMAA at Associate membership is just $20 (US) per year.

Articles on classic judo in Japan, how to study budo, the esoteric principles behind kiai, the art of the Japanese sword, and ancient martial arts in Aizu are featured. Authors in the new issue are Wayne Muromoto, H. E. Davey, Nicklaus Suino, Paul Martin, and Mark Colby.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Free Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts Classes!

On Thursday, July 14 the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts will offer free introductory classes in the Shin-shin-toitsu-do system of Japanese yoga and meditation, along with a free introduction to Saigo Ryu martial arts. The classes will take place at 1053 San Pablo Ave. in Albany, California, right across the bay from San Francisco.

The martial arts class is not required, and it will follow the Japanese yoga program, which starts at 7:00 PM. Since the Saigo Ryu aiki-jujutsu training will refer to principles of mind and body unification covered in the Japanese yoga class, everyone will want to participate in this first part of the evening. You can read more about both subjects at

Wear loose clothing and bring a notebook. Preregistration is needed and easily accomplished. Just leave a voice mail at 510-526-7518. Give us your name and phone number, then indicate that you would like to participate in one or both classes. Let us know if anyone else is coming with you, and we'll see you on Thursday. Please arrive a few minutes early for general registration.

The classes will be taught by Kevin Heard Sensei, who has been studying and teaching at the Sennin Foundation Center for nearly 30 years. He has Soshihan teaching certification in Japanese yoga, the highest level possible, and he received a sixth degree black belt from the famed Shudokan Martial Arts Association's Jujutsu Division. He is also a member of the elite SMAA Board of Advisors.

Don't miss your chance to learn how Japanese yoga and/or martial arts can help you realize better health, deeper calmness, and enhanced concentration in everyday life.