The Shudokan Martial Arts Association (SMAA) is an international coalition of enthusiasts dedicated to promoting traditional Japanese budo and koryu bujutsu. The SMAA, a nonprofit corporation, is headed by an elite group of high-ranking Japanese and Western instructors whose backgrounds encompass many decades of studying and teaching the traditional martial arts and ways of Japan. To find out more about the SMAA, visit www.smaa-hq.com.
The SenninFoundationCenter for Japanese Cultural
Arts will host the first SMAA Workshop for Children in November. The instructor
will be H. E. Davey, a Director for the SMAA Jujutsu Division and a
seventh-degree black belt. The workshop will be open to children age five and
above, and instruction will be offered in Saigo Ryu aiki-jujutsu, a traditional
Japanese martial art.
Here’s all you need to know to have your child
participate the SMAA Workshop for Children:
What: Traditional Japanese
martial arts for children age five and above
November 18, 2012 from 10:45 AM to
Where: The SenninFoundationCenter for Japanese Cultural
1053 San Pablo Ave.
Who: The workshop will be
taught by H. E. Davey, one of the founding members of the SMAA and
Shihan/shichidan in the SMAA Jujutsu Division
Cost: Children, who are current
SMAA members, can participate for just $15 using their SMAA member discount
must be registered two weeks before the date of the workshop. Parents can
contact the SenninFoundationCenter for registration forms
and additional details. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SMAA Workshop for Children will present
training in Saigo Ryu aiki-jujutsu, a traditional martial art. While many
Westerners use "jujutsu, jujitsu, or jiu-jitsu" to describe their art
of self-defense, most of these methods bear little resemblance to the original
Japanese jujutsu, Japan's oldest martial art.
Both aikido and judo stem from jujutsu, and the SMAA is one of few associations
outside of Japan to offer authentic
Saigo Ryu features a wide variety of powerful
throwing, pinning, and grappling techniques stemming from older methods
originating in the Aizu-Wakamatsu area of Japan.
Saigo Ryu also features advanced training in the sword, spear, staff, short
stick, iron fan, and other weapons. It is unique and distinct from many more
well-known martial disciplines. While training is dynamic, and the practiced
self-defense techniques effective, the emphasis is on subduing an opponent
without unnecessary injury. Workshop participants will learn to improve their
health while studying martial arts as meditation. Children will receive
valuable training that can help them to remain calm under pressure, a skill
that they can use at home and at school.
H. E. Davey began studying Japanese martial arts
as a child, and he is one of the highest ranking traditional jujutsu teachers
outside of Japan.
This background made him ideally suited for creating the program for children
at the SenninFoundationCenter, a program that has been
offered since 1981. Under his guidance, and with the help of his staff of
expert teachers, young people from the San Francisco Bay Area have discovered
their true potential and hidden talents for many years. He is now offering the
same instruction to SMAA members at the first SMAA Workshop for Children.
Contact the SenninFoundationCenter soon to register for an
event that can help your son or daughter to become healthier, safer, and more