Sunday, February 21, 2016

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?

Friday, February 12, 2016

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!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Kokusai Budoin, IMAF Americas Seminar

Date: June 03 - 05

Nobetsu Tadanori

  • Karate-do Hanshi 9th Dan
  • Chief Director, Kokusai Budoin, International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF)
  • Karate-do Division Co-Shihan and Senior Examiner
  • One of the world’s top proponents of Karate-do and traditional Japanese martial arts

Tadanori Nobetsu Sensei

Kokusai Budoin, IMAF Americas Renewal - the federation has been working diligently to rebuild its leadership, member services, and more - join our roll out celebration - the 2016 Kokusai Budoin, IMAF Americas International Seminar, June 3rd - 5th at the Japanese Martial Arts Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA. 

For more information on the itinerary and registration fees, visit this page ( 

Friday, June 03
6:00 - 6:30pmOpening Ceremony
6:30 - 8:00pmOpen class
Saturday, June 04
9:30 - 10:30amJunior Class (ages 7 - 13)
10:45am - 12:15amOpen class
12:15 - 2:00pmLunch Break
2:00 - 3:00pmOpen class
3:15 - 4:15pmTanbo class
6:00 - 9:00pmSeminar Reception &
JMAC 10th Anniversary Party
Sunday, June 05
9:30 - 11:00amOpen class
11:00am - 12:30pmBreak
12:30 - 2:00pmOpen class
2:00 - 2:30pmClosing Ceremony
* Open Classes: Adult & Junior participants
(Open to Ages 14+)Register Now

Monday, February 8, 2016

Nihon Jujutsu at JMAC

Did you know that the leader of the jujutsu program at JMAC is the de-facto head of the system? It's rare for an American to be the leader of a Japanese martial arts system, but Gage-Sensei's place in martial arts history is no accident! He lived in Tokyo for nearly 30 years, and trained directly with Sato-Shizuya Sensei, the founder of Nihon Jujutsu.

What this means for you is that you can train in an authentic Japanese martial arts system without having to travel to Japan!

Whether you spell it "jujutsu," "jujitsu" or "jiu-jitsu," it's still a very effective martial art

Nihon Jujutsu is a system of self-defense, fitness, and personal development. It's based on techniques found in both ancient and modern Japanese styles of combat.

The techniques include evasion, strikes, throws, joint locks and submissions. We help you learn self-defense while you get in shape and become more focused and disciplined. Our approach helps you develop speed, balance and power by gradually teaching you more and more challenging and profound techniques.

Visit our page on Nihon Jujutsu to learn more about how this martial art can help you become more fit and more focused.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Karate-Do Seminar April 8th, 9th &10th

Extraordinary opportunity to study with

Alain Michaud Sensei

  • Karate-Do Renshi 6th Dan
  • Vice President IMAF France
  • Diplômé d'Etat 2eme Degré
    (highest French national teaching license)

Extraordinary opportunity to study with Alain Michaud Sensei at the Japanese Martial Arts Center in Ann Arbor, Mi

Michaud Sensei began studying karate-do in 1975, and opened Karate Club Morez in 1982. In addition to his teaching accreditation in France, Diplômé d'Etat 2eme Degré (highest French national teaching license), he is a regular participant and instructor at various international events in Europe and Japan.
Join us to expand your understanding of karatedo techniques, improve your striking and self defense, and study with an exceptional martial artist.

For more information on registration fees and an itinerary, visit this page ( 
Friday, April 8
6:00 - 7:30pmOpen Class
Saturday, April 9
10:00 - 11:00amJunior Class
11:15am - 12:15pmIntermediate Class
12:15 - 2:00pmBreak
12:30 - 1:30pmInstructor Class
Saturday, April 10
10:00 - 11:00amJunior Class
11:15am - 12:15pmIntermediate Class
12:30 - 1:30pmInstructor Class
Register Now