Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SMAA California Workshop

A special one-day SMAA Workshop will be offered in California on September 3. This event is 100% free to SMAA members! It is just one of the many benefits of belonging to the SMAA.

The event will feature instruction in Shin-shin-toitsu-do, a form of Japanese yoga/meditation that can help you realize your full potential in budo, and Saigo Ryu sogo bujutsu, a synthesis of Japanese martial arts with an emphasis on jujutsu techniques. Here’s all you need to know to participate:

WHERE: Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts, 1053 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706 USA

WHEN: The September 3 workshop begins at 7:00 PM, but you will need to preregister to participate. Send email to hedavey@aol.com for registration information.

HOW MUCH: Free if your SMAA dues have been paid in 2015.

WHO: Instruction will be presented by H. E. Davey Sensei, an eighth dan in the SMAA Jujutsu Division, and Kevin Heard Sensei, a sixth dan in the SMAA Jujutsu Division. Both teachers have decades of experience studying Japanese martial arts in the USA and Japan. They, in addition, hold the highest level of teaching certification in Shin-shin-toitsu-do through the Kokusai Nihon Yoga Renmei in Kyoto.

WHAT: Created by Nakamura Tempu Sensei, Shin-shin-toitsu-do has been studied by top martial artists in Japan as a way of realizing their full power in budo via coordination of mind and body. Human beings have a tremendous latent potential that's waiting to be unearthed. Nakamura Sensei discovered the extraordinary energy of mind and body unification beside an ancient waterfall in the Himalayan Mountains, allowing him to heal from tuberculosis and manifest a new state of consciousness. Upon his return to Japan, he created a new path called Shin-shin-toitsu-do: "The Way of Mind and Body Unification." A form of Japanese yoga and meditation, Shin-shin-toitsu-do unearths our buried talents and rarely realized potential. Read more at www.japanese-yoga.com.

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 groups to offer authentic Japanese jujutsu. Don’t miss your chance to try Nihon jujutsu at the SMAA California Workshop!

Saigo Ryu features a variety of throwing, pinning, and grappling techniques stemming from older methods originating in the Aizu-Wakamatsu area of Japan. It is a sogo bujutsu, an "integrated martial system," and it also features training in the martial arts of the sword, spear, staff, short stick, iron fan, and others. It is unique and unlike many more well known martial disciplines. While training is vigorous, and the techniques effective, the emphasis is on subduing an opponent without unneeded injury. Students improve their health while learning martial arts as meditation, which helps them to remain calm under pressure. The workshop will also teach methods for cultivating ki. Ki is the life energy that animates human beings, and an understanding of it is useful in martial arts and life. Read more at www.senninfoundation.com.

SMAA Michigan Seminar

In October, the Japanese Martial Arts Center will host the SMAA Michigan Seminar. A two-day event, the seminar will be taught by Nicklaus Suino Sensei, and the topic will be The Exceptional Martial Artist. At this important seminar, Suino Sensei will not only teach traditional Japanese martial arts, he will focus on how to most effectively and effortlessly attain mastery in any form of budo and/or koryu bujutsu. The principles covered will also relate to success in daily life, reinforcing a common theme espoused by the SMAA: budo training must extend beyond the dojo to help society and ourselves. You won’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity to study with one of the highest-ranking budoka living outside of Japan!

Here’s all you need to know to participate:

What: The Exceptional Martial Artist—Using High Achiever Tactics to Become Incredibly Good at Martial Arts

Who: Nicklaus Suino Sensei (SMAA Managing Director, eighth dan iaido division, sixth dan judo division, fifth dan jujutsu division, and acclaimed author)

When: Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18, 2015. Times to be announced.

Where: Japanese Martial Arts Center, 3853 Research Park Drive, Suite 110, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 USA

How Much: $125 General Public/$100 SMAA Members for both days

Contact: Tel: (734) 720>0330, E-mail:

Suino Sensei will be available to autograph copies of his many budo books. And as usual, SMAA members will receive a sizable discount at this seminar. However, to apply for your discount, make sure your 2015 dues have been paid.

We have only a limited number of spaces available for this fun event, so be sure to pay your fee early. We reserve the right to close registration when a maximum number of participants have been reached, and pre-registration is required to join this seminar.