Thursday, October 27, 2011

Free Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts Classes!

On Thursday, November 3 the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts will offer an introductory class in the Shin-shin-toitsu-do system of Japanese yoga and meditation, along with an introduction to Saigo Ryu martial arts. This event is FREE to SMAA members. 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 i
t 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 Troy Swenson Sensei, who has been studying and teaching at the Sennin Foundation Center for several years. He has teaching certification in Japanese yoga, and he received a black belt from the Shudokan Martial Arts Association Jujutsu Division. He is also the assistant editor of the SMAA Journal.

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.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Issue of the SMAA Journal

The new SMAA Journal is out and packed with fun articles and photos. We’ve got some great excerpts from Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship, Nicklaus Suino Sensei’s latest book. You’ll also find a report from London about SMAA Senior Advisor Paul Martin Sensei’s seminar on the art and appreciation of the Japanese sword, and a detailed article about using the esoteric aiki principle in aikido, jujutsu, and other martial arts. 
If you have not yet received the latest issue of the journal, it probably means we don’t have a current mailing address for you. Please send your correct e-mail address to 
Not yet an SMAA member? You’re missing out on a great quarterly journal, one that’s  packed with hard to find information about rare martial arts. Membership is just $20 (US) per year, and you can easily join at

SMAA Europe Seminar with Suzuki Kunio

Friday, October 7, 2011


 "Martial" or "military." The Chinese character for "bu" has two components. One indicates a weapon, while the other means to stop or lay aside. Thus, bu has a different connotation than the direct English translation.--H. E. Davey, Shihan/7th dan and Co-director of the SMAA Jujutsu Division