From the original core group, the association has grown to include many of the preeminent practitioners of martial arts in and outside of Japan:
Otsuka Yasuyuki Soke (Headmaster of Meifu-Shinkage Ryu shuriken-jutsu)
Iwasaki Hisashi Soke (Headmaster of Kobori Ryu suiei-jutsu)
Sawai Atsuhiro Sensei (Kobori Ryu suiei-jutsu)
Suzuki Kunio Sensei, (Nakamura Ryu and Toyama Ryu iaido)
Ohsaki Jun Sensei (Saigo Ryu aiki-jujutsu, Kodokan judo)
Cynthia Hayashi Sensei (Aikikai aikido)
Stephen Fabian Sensei (Hontai Yoshin Ryu jujutsu, Toyama Ryu iaido)
Hunter Armstrong Sensei (Owari Kan Ryu sojutsu, Yagyu Shinkage Ryu kenjutsu)
Guy Power Sensei (Nakamura Ryu iaido and battodo)
Herb Wong Sensei (Shorin Ryu karate-do)
Mr. Dave Lowry (Shindo Muso Ryu jojutsu, Yagyu Shinkage Ryu kenjutsu)
Mr. Wayne Muromoto (Takeuchi Ryu jujutsu)
And many others.
The SMAA is a small, fraternal organization with a decidedly noncommercial outlook on modern budo and koryu bujutsu. It includes separate divisions for karate-do, aikido, judo, traditional jujutsu, iaido, and goshin-jutsu (modern self-defense systems stemming from budo or bujutsu). Both associate membership (without rank) and regular membership (with rank) are available to individuals sincerely interested in researching and training in the classical martial systems of Japan. Regular international seminars, e-mail newsletters, a quarterly journal, a blog, access to this website, and examinations for dan/kyu ranking are benefits of membership. All members are bound by the SMAA Code of Ethics.
The leaders of the SMAA all have close ties to the martial community in Japan, or they live 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.
Objectives of the SMAA
1. To promote and aid in the growth of Japan's traditional martial arts and ways.
2. To assist the public in achieving spiritual growth and physical development through budo and koryu bujutsu training.
3. To further friendship and understanding between Asian and Western martial artists.
4. To establish goodwill and harmony among martial artists of various systems.
5. To offer Western martial artists access to legitimate budo and koryu bujutsu organizations and teachers in Japan.
6. To give practitioners of authentic budo and koryu bujutsu recognition for their years of devotion to these arts.