Thursday, January 27, 2011

SMAA Budo Experts

Some of the top Japanese and Western teachers of budo and koryu bujutsu in the world can be found in the SMAA. What's more, a number of advanced experts in other Japanese art forms, such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement, and Japanese yoga, are among the members of the SMAA Board of Advisors. Find out more at

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Thanks to all the SMAA members that got their 2011 dues in early! If you have not yet paid this year's dues, please remember to pay annually on January 1. We'd like to avoid sending late dues notices as this costs our nonprofit association time and money. Your help with this is appreciated.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Winning without Fighting

‎"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."

- Sun-Tsu

Traditional budo teaches three ways to win:

1. To win after fighting
2. To win before fighting
3. To win without fighting

Each way of winning represents a more elevated level of skill. Of the three approaches, the last is the most effective. It is also the least understood and practiced.

Want to experience real Japanese budo, as described above? Join the SMAA. Drop by Membership fees are more than reasonable and there are many benefits to membership.