Martial Arts Ann Arbor - Jujutsu | Jujitsu | Jiu-Jitsu

Immerse Yourself in Martial Arts

The act of approaching your martial art with reserve means you’re dooming yourself to miss out on many of its most profound, valuable aspects. Those who completely immerse themselves in their martial art are the ones who enjoy them the most. If you dabble, you’re going to have less fun with it and get a lot less of its essence. Similarly, if you don’t find ways to immerse yourself in practice during consolidation periods, you’re going to fall short of your potential.

But you don’t have to fall short. You can change in exceptional ways. You can get that change by reading this book and taking decisive action. Keep in mind this truth: change can come from within, or it can come from what’s around you. Sometimes change comes from a combination of the two. Something will affect your thinking or your attitude and you’ll be able to use that push to improve. If you’re both lucky and diligent, you’ll improve far out of proportion to the size of whatever that push was. At other times, you’ll need a whole lot of push even to make small changes. If you need me to give you a gentle push, or a major shove, just let me know!

It's about the martial arts training, not the rank!

In nearly 50 years of martial arts training, competing, deep study, and teaching, I’ve seen it over and over. There IS a real difference between the exceptional martial artist and the average student. The exceptional martial artist keeps rank in its proper perspective. 

They know that the momentary joy of getting a new belt or certificate fades. Don’t go for that. 

The deep internal joy of learning and doing great martial arts changes you forever. Go for that.

For the full story, check it out here.

Effective Self-Defense ... Ancient and Modern

Interested in Japanese history? Want to learn self-defense? Just love cool stuff?

Satoh Tadayuki Sensei is one of the most respected world experts in history judo and Shodokan aikido. He rocked JMAC with two days of training in ancient and modern self-defense, including everything from judo throws to sword and spear. Day two featured some innovative use of the legs to off-balance and take down an attacker.

Visit JMAC to learn more about how you can be part of the next expert seminar!

World Renowned Karate Master Visits JMAC in Two Weeks!

Don't miss the chance to train with one of the foremost experts in karate on the planet today.

No matter what you study, you want to have this on your martial arts resume!

Nobetsu-Tadanori Sensei is 80 years old and is one the highest ranked masters in Goju-Ryu karate.

Enrollment is limited so all can have close encounters with this incredible talent.

For more information or to sign up, go here.

We look forward to seeing you "on the mat!"

Congratulations Successful Test Candidates!
"After the battle, tighten your helmet cords."
(i.e., to merit your new rank, train harder!)
What have you done to become exceptional today?
*Dream, plan, train, reflect, train.*
Good judgment comes from bad experience,
and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Training Jiu Jitsu in Ann Arbor and Learning The Grind

Virtually everybody who works their way to success in Jiu Jitsu learns how to grind. That’s the daily work you have to do to learn new techniques, solve problems, keep your dojo going, push your own envelope of understanding, keep the creditors at bay, get stronger, and manage all the aspects of whatever you do while you try to get better and better at Jiu Jitsu - or Judo, or Karate, or whatever your chosen martial art may be.


Part of being in the grind is having faith that what you do will eventually pay off. That you’ll get that big submission, hit the hole in one, figure out to to deliver 5X more power in your round kick. But what’s really important is having faith that if you grind, you’ll keep getting better at what you do – that’s what really makes the grind worthwhile. The Jiu Jitsu journey IS the reward.


We all want success. Hey, today I pinned my toughest competitor. I finally threw that black belt who was giving me so much trouble. I bought such and such a stock at $173 per share and sold it a week later at $205. I presented our services at this business meeting and signed up 3 new accounts. It’s great when it happens.

 Sometimes we know exactly what we did to make it happen. It’s an accumulation of small things that make us better grapplers, more persuasive presenters, more effective fighters, so that we get the results we want.

But sometimes we don’t know why we achieve when we do. Sometimes it seems like serendipity. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I just got lucky. One way to guarantee you won’t get that lucky break, that momentary brush with god, is to quit. If you’re not doing it, you can be sure you won’t get lucky, whether we're talking about Jiu Jitsu Training in Ann Arbor, or about anything else.


Part of being in the grind is that you have to do a lot more than just show up. You have to be engaged. You have to try to do the thing really, really well ... better than yesterday, better than the other guy, better than what’s in your comfort zone. If you just punch the time clock or the makiwara, you’ll get mediocre results. The more engaged you are, the more likely you’ll do the things, learn the things, and feel the things you need to a breakout.

What are you doing to get to the next level with your Jiu Jitsu?

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship - Amazon Best Seller!

We're so proud of Suino-Sensei's book Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship. Current #1 bestseller in the Fencing category on Amazon!

To become an expert swordsman, one must pay close attention to detail, be highly self-critical, and practice diligently every day under the guidance of a good teacher. Unfortunately, contact time with a worthy mentor is limited for most. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship fills this obvious gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bokuto (wooden sword) drills to supplement the formal class activity of forms practice. Both single and two-person drills are presented, some common to iaido and kenjutsu, others extracted from iaido forms by the author and used to teach his own students the proper ways of drawing, parrying, and cutting. Each drill is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help students hone their techniques; together they provide a comprehensive system of general skills development for anyone interested in using the Japanese sword.

Would you like to learn more about Japanese swordsmanship? Visit the JMAC iaido page to start your journey!