Tuesday, December 10, 2019

JMAC 18 - Boot Camp Fitness for Ann Arbor, MI Residents

Fitness for Life Starts with Showing Up 

So much of life is about showing up. If you’re inspired to get started in martial arts or whip yourself into great, shape, show up at JMAC. Better physical health leads to more energy, a better outlook, and higher self-esteem.

It’s amazing how much you can accomplish with small steps. Maybe changing your life is too much to think about. Or maybe you’re a person constantly on the lookout for a more fulfilling life. JMAC has you covered either way.

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Japanese Martial Arts Center

Boot Camp Fitness in Ann Arbor, MI

Monday, November 18, 2019

Karate Sets Your Child Up For Success

Success is a Great Feeling

Success at anything is hard work. Life is going to bring struggles to everybody. But having the tools to persevere and cope can make a huge difference! Wouldn’t it be great in a year, two years, or three years to be able to say, “my kid has grown a lot, and it fills my heart to watch him (or her) getting so much joy out of life!”

A brighter future for your kid is only an email or phone call away. Don’t wait – contact us today!
Click Here to learn more about our Kids Karate & Judo programs! 

Japanese Martial Arts Center
Kids Judo & Kids Karate in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, November 4, 2019

Set Your Child Up For Success - Kids Karate & Judo

The 5 core skillsets at JMAC make sure your kid gets a healthy dose of the behavior and thought patterns they need in our kids karate and kids judo classes. We work with them to make sure they get to practice, sometimes obvious, sometimes disguised as fun, on each of these skills:
  1. Patience

  2. Social interactions

  3. Showing respect

  4. Listening

  5. Delayed gratification


    Click Here to learn more about our Kids Karate programs at JMAC!

    Japanese Martial Arts Center
    Kids Karate in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, October 18, 2019

Ann Arbor Morning Exercise Bootcamp - The JMAC 18!

Looking for a great way to wake up, and get your day energized? - Welcome to the JMAC 18! 18 minutes, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 AM. You come in, you work out hard - have fun - all while getting healthy and improving your fitness. Sounds like fun doesn't it? First workout is free!

Click Here to learn more and sign up for our next class!

Japanese Martial Arts Center
Home of the JMAC 18 Morning Exercise Bootcamp Workout in Ann Arbor, MI 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Self-Defense Classes at Japanese Martial Arts Center

Want to learn sound self-defense skills?
Come visit our Dojo!


“I knew JMAC was the right place for me after my first intro lesson. Suino Sensei was super nice and happy and made me feel really comfortable and accepted. I decided that I wanted to train at a place where I was always happy to be there and so was everyone else,” says Catharina.

At JMAC we train students in Karate, Judo, Nihon Jujutsu, and Iaido (Japanese Swordsmanship).
There are a lot of self-defense classes out there. Most of them do offer some good advice and procedures to avoid confrontation. Not all of them train the body as well as the mind to handle these difficult situations. Self-defense is a life skill. To get the most out of the training, you need to be willing and comfortable. If you’re not comfortable with the style of training or the personality of the instructor – you’re not going to get everything you should out of the lessons.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Self-Defense Classes at JMAC!

Japanese Martial Arts Center
Self-Defense Classes in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, September 9, 2019

Got a spare 18 minutes in the morning?

Get ready for the coolest morning fitness bootcamp in Ann Arbor!

Sign Up For The JMAC 18! 

JMAC Ann Arbor Fitness Bootcamps

Get fit and set the tone for your whole day!

  • 18 Minute Workout
  • Functional Movements
  • Strength • Agility • Balance • Stamina
  • Monday-Wednesday-Friday   7:30 - 8:00am
  • Customizable Workouts - Basic, Intermediate, Extreme
  • Free Parking
  • Locker Rooms
  • Showers

 $35 per month ($20 per month for JMAC members)

CLICK HERE to learn more!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Want to learn self-defense skills? Visit the dojo!

Looking for Self-Defense Classes in Ann Arbor?

JMAC provides self-defense classes in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Visit The Dojo!

It’s important to feel safe and secure. Self-defense is a valuable skill. With proper training, you’ll be prepared in case a potentially harmful situation arises. However, not all self-defense classes are created equal. Most self defense classes offer advice and procedures to avoid a confrontation - but not all of them train the body as well as the mind. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about martial arts training and self-defense at JMAC 

Japanese Martial Arts Center
Self-Defense Classes in Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Women's Martial Arts Self-Defense Training at JMAC

Do you want to learn practical real-world self-defense techniques?

Are you trying to find a women-friendly martial arts dojo?

For a long time martial arts training was a bit of a boys club. Thankfully, that trend is changing quickly. At Japanese Martial Arts Center we train Ann Arbor, Michigan area men and women of all ages. Finding the right dojo can be tricky. You'll want to do your research and then see if you can't visit and watch a class in action. You'll know if you've found the dojo that's right for you.

Click Here to learn more. 

Japanese Martial Arts Center

Women's Martial Arts in Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Women Martial Arts in Ann Arbor - JMAC


Women's Martial Arts in Ann Arbor at JMAC! 

For a long time, there was a perception that karate or martial arts was a bit of a “boys only” activity. Thankfully, that notion is fading! Everyone who trains at JMAC has different reasons for coming. We asked some of our female students about what they loved about martial arts training and what brought them to JMAC!

We got some great answers. If you're on the fence about training in martial arts or having a tough time finding the dojo that's right for you Click Here to learn more! 

Japanese Martial Arts Center

Women Martial Arts Ann Arbor, MI 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

13 Years of Martial Arts Training in Ann Arbor!

Can you remember where you were 13 years ago?

We opened the doors to the Japanese Martial Arts Center in early June 2006! Just recently we celebrated our 13th anniversary with an open house event showcasing our students in action performing real-time martial arts – sparring, drilling, and showing what they’ve learned with lots of hard work and dedication!

As we say in our mission statement, our greatest assets are our extraordinary instructors and passionate students. We focus on lifetime learning and enthusiastic teaching in an energetic, joyful dojo. Our never-ending commitment to improving and our active connection with Japan builds exceptional technique and refined character.

At JMAC we opened our doors 13 years ago and, in that time, we’ve taught countless students. If you’ve wanted to train in the martial arts but have been hesitant until now, come in and watch us in action! You’re free to come in and observe a class and if you’d like, you can sign up for two free lessons!

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Japanese Martial Arts Center
Training Martial Arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 13 Years

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

JMAC Celebrates 13 Years of Training Martial Arts in Ann Arbor!

Do you remember where you were 13 years ago?

13 years ago we were opening our doors at Japanese Martial Arts Center. We've taught countless numbers of students in that time. Some were with us only a short while, others have been with us for years and years - but each one of them has been an important part of the JMAC legacy. We recently celebrated our anniversary with a big open house event complete with lots of food and exciting martial arts demonstrations!

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to see more of these demonstrations in action!

Japanese Martial Arts Center
Training Martial Arts in Ann Arbor, MI for 13 Years!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Meet Adrian & Christian!

ann-arbor-kids-karate-japanese-martial-arts-centerBrothers Adrian and Christian are the latest students to be profiled in I Am JMAC!

They've grown a lot since they first came to the dojo, and it's been exciting to see them progress through our Kids Karate program.

“We were out of shape when we started,” says Christian. For Adrian some of the early training techniques were difficult to get used to. “I’m guessing the first time I tried to have my knee over my toes in a front stance, my legs were in pain.” Through the initial discomfort, the brothers stuck with it and improved their skills and confidence.

Click Here to read their story!


Monday, June 3, 2019

Kids Judo in Ann Arbor May Be The Perfect Activity For Your Child!

Kids Judo in Ann Arbor | Japanese Martial Arts Center
Kids Judo in Ann Arbor | Japanese Martial Arts Center

The Kids Judo in Ann Arbor
 program at JMAC may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Numerous studies have shown how important it is for children to get out and play. Engaging in physical activities is critical for brain and body development. Unfortunately, kids just aren’t getting enough opportunities for healthy play these days. That’s where martial arts training like Judo can be a big game changer for your child!

Benefits from our Kids Judo Ann Arbor Program include:

  • Physical Fitness
  • Confidence
  • Improved Performance at School

CLICK HERE to learn more about Kids Judo in Ann Arbor at Japanese Martial Arts Center

Monday, May 6, 2019

Benefits of a Kids Karate Program


Finding the right martial arts program for your child is important. You want them to find an environment that’s encouraging but also offers an appropriate level of difficulty and discipline. While many parent’s want their child to learn important self-defense skills, that’s not the only benefit of a kids karate martial arts program. A quality kids karate martial arts program will also teach: 
  • Memorization
  • Discipline
  • Memorization
  • Healthy Habits and Physical Fitness

CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Importance of Martial Arts Etiquette

Martial arts training isn’t just throwing on a uniform, tying a belt and hitting the mats. There is an important etiquette and respect that must be given not only to the instructors and your fellow students but the dojo itself.

Proper bowing, sitting, counting and learning the essential commands and language is important when you’re training. In many cases it’s for your safety because we don’t want anyone getting hurt, but it’s also about learning essential discipline for your training that can also be carried over into your everyday life.

Click Here to learn more about proper etiquette and Martial Arts training technique at JMAC!


Monday, April 15, 2019

How Iaido Training Can Improve Your Fitness

In a previous post we took a look at how Iaido’s “Downward Cut” training drills could help improve your technique and strength for men and women fitness in Ann Arbor. In this post we’re doing a follow-up and showing how practicing a couple of different Iaido moves with resistance bands can help you improve strength and technique at the same time.

First: Nukitsuke
This is the very important motions in drawing your sword or bokken during Iaido training. Watch this video to see two very important techniques for both the right and left side of your body that not only help you clear your scabbard but also cleanly draw your sword using strength and power instead of joint reflexes.

Second: The Overhead Block
This next move is a sort of follow-up move you can do after the Nukitsuke. Again, it revolves around using strength and power with strong follow through to empower your movements and not simply using shoulder and elbow joint movements.


CLICK HERE to learn more!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Jujutsu Self-Defense Techniques

Are you looking for classes that teach techniques for self-defense in Ann Arbor? At Japanese Martial Arts Center, we offer specialized training in Judo, Karate, and traditional Nihon Jujutsu that encompass real-world self-defense techniques as well as personal development. 

Many Ann Arbor self-defense classes only teach the basic moves, strikes, punches, or kicks but they lack the mental approach that readies you for conflict situations. The physical attack response should always be the last resort, but with regular martial arts training at JMAC, we help you develop ways of deescalating and avoiding situations that could potentially be harmful.

ClickHERE to learn more about self-defense in Ann Arbor classes at JMAC.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Iaido Strength Drills to Improve Your Fitness

Iaido is a combination of balance and focus – but also involves a lot of strength training moves to help your technique develop. The downward cut is an important movement that can be improved using a simple set of resistance bands.


If you’re eatingthe right foods and maintaining your training, you should quickly experience some impressive physical results. Click Here to learn more about how different Iaido strength drills can improve your overall fitness!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Are you eating right for your Martial Arts Training?

Are you looking to lose some pounds, get fit, stay active, and live a healthier lifestyle?

Working out is a huge piece of the puzzle. Martial arts training at Japanese Martial Arts Center in Ann Arbor is the perfect facility for you to get that healthy cardiovascular and strength training exorcise – while also learning to eat better to facilitate the positive change in your life!

Diet and food plans aren’t a one size fits all sort of thing. We use different methods that fit our own specific unique needs. We’ll show you the various diet plans and regimens that work for us and through training you’ll come to find the tips and tricks that will work for you.

Click Here to learn more about eating right for your martial arts training!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Jujutsu is one of the best forms of self-defense martial arts training

Are you looking for an effective training system for self-defense in Ann Arbor? Have you tried Nihon Jujutsu?

At Japanese Martial Arts Center we train traditional fighting styles and techniques that not only teach proven self-defense techniques but allows our members to train themselves entirely. We strongly believe in the personal development element that naturally comes with dedicated and disciplined martial arts training. More than learning strikes and throws, you’ll be given the mental tools that will become useful outside of the dojo and in everyday life!

Click Here to learn more about Nihon Jututsu self-defense training at Japanese Martial Arts Center.


Friday, March 8, 2019

Meet Dan Holland Sensei – I Am JMAC

Programmer. Web Developer. Japanese Martial Arts Center Instructor!

Dan Holland I Am JMAC

Dan Holland Sensei is our featured I Am JMAC profile of the month. If you train with Dan, you may know a bit about him already, but for those who haven’t had the chance to yet, take a moment and learn how he got into martial arts training and what lead him to becoming one of our instructors here at JMAC!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Jujutsu – Self Defense Ann Arbor Martial Arts Training

At Japanese Martial Arts Center, self-defense for women and men goes beyond learning simple and common punching and kicking techniques. Learning the various strikes and throws is one thing, but getting into a mindset is another game entirely.

Nihon Jujutsu allows you to not only learn traditional martial arts fighting techniques, but it allows you to train and discipline your mind. Our goal is to train a complete individual not just with the physical stuff but offer an amount of personal development that is essential for any threatening situation.

Remember, it’s not just about knowing what to do in a fight but knowing that a fight isn’t always necessary. The best way to end a conflict is to defuse it before it even begins. Fisticuffs shouldn’t be your first solution – it should be the absolute last resolve when all other avenues for a safe, calm, resolution have been exhausted and there is literally no other option left.

Click Here to learn more about JMAC’s Jujutsu self-defense for women and men.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Martial Arts Diet Tips for Men and Women Fitness Ann Arbor

The holidays are over. You’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get active and stay healthy. The jujutsu in Ann Arbor, karate, and judo classes at JMAC are a great way to get active. Exercise is important – you’ve got to move your body to take care of it - but physical activity isn’t the only factor, you’ve got to eat well too!

Here are Four Diet Tips for Men and Women Fitness Ann Abor

Lean protein to get stronger
Smart carbs to help keep your energy up
Structure your diet to maximize your metabolism
Get lots of rest to kill stress

Click HERE to learn more about utilizing smart diet practices with martial arts and self-defense Ann Arbor training to help reach your fitness goals! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Martial Arts Ann Arbor Training to Keep Active & Stay Healthy!

At Japanese Martial Arts Center, we help men and women with their fitness goals. Nihon Jujutsu (also spelled “Jujitsu”) classes, judo, and karate will help you learn effective martial arts and self-defense techniques to stay active and healthy.

Click HERE to learn more about utilizing smart diet practices with martial arts and self-defense training to help reach your fitness goals! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Take Your Life to the Next Level!

As many of you know, I constantly explore new personal development and achievement tools. Over the years I’ve found exceptional techniques and principles that have helped me and the people I coach – now I want to share them with you!

Wouldn’t it Be Helpful to Resolve Your Self-Doubt?
I’ve grappled with some of these feelings myself. When my businesses struggle, I sometimes feel that I’m not good enough to get to the next level. Even when I know what tactics I need, I get push-back from that inside voice, questioning whether I have what it takes or even – in the dark of night – If I deserve to be successful.

To solve this struggle for myself and for the people I help, I’ve studied how to give myself permission to live up to my potential. That’s helped me learn a lot about how to help other people give themselves permission.

Wouldn’t it Be Great to Experience a Day of Energy, Support, and Permission?
PERMISSION–THE EVENT is a day of support, energy, music, hugs, cheering, meditation and learning. It’s about making sure you know that the world approves of you and the life you want to live. You’ll get powerful support for your dream of an authentic, fulfilling, spectacular life. You get frameworks for prioritizing your tactical stuff!

It's going to be an amazing day that I hope will change the way you view your world forever. Our next event is Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Weber's Boutique Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I can't wait to party with you there! CLICK HERE to learn more about Permission!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Eat Right, Train Harder – Diet Tips for Martial Arts Ann Arbor training


Trying to get fit and healthy?
Have you tried Martial Arts in Ann Arbor training?

Martial Arts Training Diet - Men and Women Fitness in Ann Arbor 


There’s always a lot of talk about eating a balanced diet or what a new fad suggests you should eat – but the truth is there isn’t a magic bullet diet that works for everyone. You’re going to have to try different things, and we’ve got some sound suggestions:

·      Lean protein for strength
·      Smart carbs for energy
·      Scheduled meals for metabolism
·      Sleep for overall energy and health

Click HERE to learn more about utilizing smart diet practices with martial arts and self-defense training to help reach your fitness goals!