Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SMAA Europe Seminar!

Great news! The SMAA Europe Seminar will take place in England, with Paul and Lee Masters Sensei as the featured instructors. The subject will be Tenjin Shinyo Ryu jujutsu, an ancient martial art. This is one of two forms of jujutsu that were central in the creation of Kodokan judo. Tenjin Shinyo Ryu is rarely offered to the public, even in Japan, let alone in a Western nation.

Paul Masters Sensei is featured in the current issue of the SMAA Journal, along with his son Lee, and he holds a menkyo kaiden in Tenjin Shinyo Ryu, the highest possible rank. He is the first non-Japanese recipient of this honor in the over 200-year history of this important martial art. Don’t miss your chance to study classical Japanese jujutsu with him. Throws, joint locks, strangleholds, strikes, and healing methods merge in Tenjin Shinyo Ryu to create a dynamic system of personal development and self-protection. Here’s all you need to know to attend this exciting event: 

What: Tenjin Shinyo Ryu jujutsu, one of the most influential ancient martial arts 

When: July 20, 2013 (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM) 

Where: Komori Dojo 
Drybrook Memorial Hall, GL17 
9JA,Drybrook, Gloucester, UK 

Who: SMAA members and the general public 

How Much: £35 general admission, SMAA members only £25 

Event Registration & Contact Information: Lee Masters Sensei at 

Attendance is limited, so contact Masters Sensei soon to reserve your place. Don’t miss your opportunity to study with two of the world’s highest-ranking teachers of classical Nihon jujutsu. And be sure to ask for your SMAA member discount, just one of the many benefits of belonging to our international nonprofit association.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013 SMAA Aikido Camp!

The SMAA and the Aikikai HQ (Tokyo) are co-sponsors of a great aikido camp in Georgia. The instructor will be SMAA certified teacher Max Roach Sensei (aikido sandan and iaido yondan). Here's all you need to know to partcipate: 

Darlington School’s Huffman Athletic Center
1014 Cave Spring Road 
Rome, GA 30161 USA

Ages 10 and above

June 3 - 8, 2013

How much:
$135 – Pre-registration 
$150 – Late Registration (After May 24, 2013 )

$10 - Discount for SMAA members!

Practiced in a spirit of non-competition, Aikikai aikido is fun and practical self-defense. This camp will be beneficial for new and advanced students alike. Instruction will focus on basic and intermediate defensive techniques, including unbalancing and pinning techniques, arm bars, wrist techniques, sweeps, and hip throws. Participants will cultivate balance, coordination, concentration and self-awareness. 

Pre-registered participants who sign up by May 24 will receive a free uniform. Please contact Mr. Roach with your height and weight for uniform pre-orders. Teacher and group discounts also available. Housing may be available if requested in advance.

Questions? Send e-mail to We hope to see everyone at this fun and exciting event. And don't forget to ask for your SMAA member discount.