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True to the Martial Arts!

I've trained in the martial arts for many years and have attended and visited several dojos in my training. I find JMAC to be more true to what martial arts training schools are supposed to be. The instruction is first rate, all levels are welcome and the facility allows the beginner, as well as the experienced practitioner to work on their material as needed. Suino-Sensei is one of the highest ranked martial artists in the country in his disciplines...why not learn from the "best"?

So Impressed with JMAC!

I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the dedication and level of iaido you are cultivating at JMAC. Coming off of the incredible testing day on Saturday, I was in an informal all day iaido class and all I have to say is I am so glad to have found JMAC to begin my iaido life. I understand there are differences in various schools, but I believe instructors need to excecute thier craft cleanly. I cannot express how impressed I am with JMAC/you and Holland sensei after my experience today. Eternal thanks!

Top Notch Environment!

I want to thank you so very much for being a wonderful and generous teacher. The lessons I've learned at JMAC will be useful in my life well beyond the mats, you have cultivated a top-notch environment and I am better off as a result.

We've never enjoyed an activity more than this!

It was immediately obvious that in both martial arts and in teaching their abilities were unmatched in any of the many other dojos I investigated. My daughter takes both the advanced karate class and the judo class, and I am a member of the adult Judo program. Neither one of us has ever enjoyed another physical activity more than this. My daughter's skill level supersedes children from other dojos who have been taking lessons for five and six years. All the senseis are vested in the families at JMAC.

I've been Inspired!

In the 3 and 1/2 years that I have been at JMAC, I have been inspired, encouraged and gone in a direction I never thought would happen in my 40's. JMAC has shown me that that I can reach beyond what I thought was possible both inside and outside the Dojo.

Happy Anniversary JMAC!

Happy anniversary JMAC! It is an honor to be part of such an outstanding organization with such talented individuals.

Great Jujutsu Camp!

Congratulations on the success of your jujutsu camp today! I really liked the way it was structured and I could literally see how much more efficiently we all learned new skills. Relaxation through repeated meditation and vizualization were the things I personally benefitted most of. It maintaines a non- combative mindset, fewer injuries and slow (= deep) learning. THANK YOU and Dan for this experience, I really appreciate the work you put in.

Me and My Son Benefitted from Power Learning!

I would like to thank you for the Power Learning workshop November 22nd. Matt and I didn't know what to expect, but we knew the class would be great. We discussed what we learned on our way home that day. Matt enjoyed the accelerated learning principles. Matt has implemented several of these principles into his day to day learning in college. My wife and I thank you. As for me, I enjoyed hearing about your life's journey. Your class was very spiritually uplifting for me. The meditating at the end of class was a breakthrough for me, I've never been able to clear my mind that way. I will work to develop these new skills and bring them into my Ju Jitsu. Thank you for your hard work to improve all of us.

Power Learning is Great!

The Power Learning workshop really worked on two different levels. One, ideas were taught and demonstrated through basic martial arts examples. Ideas like, trying to delay the analysis portion of the learning process until after memorization had taken place, applied both to martial arts directly and to learning in school or other venues. The class provided me my first experience in basic meditation and I was able to understand the effects immediately. It was also just plain fun. We learned a couple of simple and fun Karate and Aikido techniques that were used as learning about learning tools. The JMAC crowd, regardless of the art they train in are always fun to learn with. They tend to be competitive when appropriate, while being helpful and easy going the rest of the time. That makes for a great class room experience.

JMAC Rocks!

JMAC has certainly defined my son's character! I LOVE the way he wants to attend the classes. He does not want to give up! I Love JMAC because it develops the mind, body, and soul each lesson. The mind for each new technique or practice. The body for the every day situation one may encounter. The soul for each small lesson of right and wrong. Amazing opportunity for child or adult!

My Favorite Moment from the Open House!

The little girl who won the last door prize and participated in the the judo demonstration.....when she was switching off with senseis and giggling her head off......I thought this was a perfect illustration of the pure joy you were talking about on Wednesday night. And to see Holland Sensei completely making the experience work for her....well there was some eye dabbing going on over in our corner. Thanks for a nice evening!

I loved the Jujutsu Camp!

Congratulations on the success of the jujutsu camp today! I really liked the way it was structured and I could literally see how much more efficiently we all learned new skills. Relaxation through repeated meditation and visualization were the things I personally benefited most from. It maintains a non-combative mindset, fewer injuries and deep learning.

Judo falling saved my life!

Recently I was hiking and the trail crumbled beneath me. I fell approximately 30 ft straight down, but I landed with proper form. My only injury was a fractured pelvis. I was able to walk the next day and didn't sustain any serious injuries. The doctors were amazed that I wasn't more injured. I really believe that it was my proper falling technique that saved me.

Personal Growth and Transformation!

Training at JMAC continually provides me the opportunity to get outside my comfort zone. As in life, some things come easy, others present a challenge. To face and overcome challenges builds confidence and provides a solid foundation for growth. The lessons that I learn in the dojo translate to life outside the dojo and contribute to positive personal growth and transformation. For me, training in Nihon Jujutsu contributes to the following outcomes: From Fearful to Courageous From Suppression to Expression From Scattered to Centered From Uncertainty to Stability It's a work in progress and I like the results thus far. Thank you, Suino Sensei, for the opportunity to learn from the exceptional instructors and train with the incredible students at JMAC.

Serving Southeast Michigan:

JMAC students come to practice from throughout Southeast Michigan, from such areas as:

  • Ann Arbor
  • Birmingham
  • Bloomfield
  • Brighton
  • Canton
  • Chelsea
  • Clinton Township
  • Detroit
  • Dexter
  • Dundee
  • Fenton
  • Fowlerville
  • Grass Lake
  • Howell
  • Inkster
  • Jackson
  • Lansing
  • Livonia
  • Manchester
  • Milan
  • Milford
  • Monroe
  • Novi
  • Okemos
  • Pinckney
  • Plymouth
  • Rochester
  • Romulus
  • Saline
  • Southfield
  • Tecumseh
  • Troy
  • Whitmore Lake
  • Wixom
  • Ypsilanti
  • University of Michigan
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Oakland Community College
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Ann Arbor - Martial Arts Mecca

For the prospective martial arts student, Ann Arbor is a mecca in the Midwest. More than any other location in Michigan, Ann Arbor has a wide variety of martial arts styles taught by many well respected sensei (teachers). You can find training opportunities at community centers, college and university gyms, health clubs, fitness centers and dojos (training halls). Among the styles available are: aikido, iaido, judo, jiu-jitsu (also called jujutsu), karate, kendo, kung fu, MMA (mixed martial arts, sometimes called BJJ) tae kwon do, tai chi, and many westernized martial arts systems. At JMAC, we offer world class instruction in judo, jiu-jitsu, iaido (Japanese swordsmanship), and karate for kids.


Aikido is a martial arts descended from jiu-jitsu. It includes joint locks, throws, takedowns, and pins. The philosophy of aikido is a peaceful one - to use the attacker’s energy to neutralize his or her attack without causing injury. Aikido is taught in several forms, such as Aikikai, Ki Society, and Yoshinkan. Aikido was founded by Ueshiba Morihei, who studied with Takeda Sokaku, the most famous practitioner of Daito Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu. Its principles can be found in almost every Japanese martial art, especially jiu-jitsu and judo. Read more about the physical and philosophical principles of Nihon Jujutsu.

Iaido in Ann Arbor

Iaido is Japanese sword drawing. It was created by the Samurai to defend against surprise attacks by an armed opponent. Most iaido involves the practice of pre-arranged forms, which are excellent tools for training the body, improving concentration, and entering into a meditative state. Finding a talented instructor in iaido with legitimate credentials is rare … in the Midwest it’s practically unheard of. For those with a desire to compete in swordsmanship for sport, kendo is the activity of choice. Those who are willing to endure an occasional whack on the head may pursue bokken kumite (sparring with wooden swords) with our director’s authorization once they reach black belt at JMAC. Read more about iaido at JMAC.

Ann Arbor Judo

Judo was founded by Professor Jigoro Kano. It is both a martial art and an Olympic sport. It includes throws, pins, joint locks, and chokes. It is among the most vigorous of martial arts and is very popular with children as well as adults. The Japanese Martial Arts Center offers classes in judo for children as young as 6 years old, and for adults (starting at age 16). One fact not widely known is that sport judo is a narrow cross section of the complete art of judo. Proponents of the entire art, such as Satoh Tadayuki Sensei of Waseda University in Tokyo, recognize that the founder’s vision encompassed not only “judo” throws, but joint locks, takedowns, redirection, strikes, vital points, dynamic ukemi, kata, and weapons. Judo training at JMAC includes many of these opportunities. Read more about Judo at JMAC.

Ann Arbor Jiu-Jitsu (Jujitsu / Jujutsu)

Jujutsu - which is also written "jujitsu" and "jiu jitsu" - is the ancestor martial art of aikido and judo. Although it includes many of the techniques found in aikido, as well as many more combative techniques that did not find their way into aikido, the philosophy of jujutsu is more practical. Techniques are applied more directly, with a greater emphasis on pain compliance. Those who study jiu-jitsu over the long term improve their fitness, concentration, and ability to defend themselves. The Japanese Martial Arts Center offers serious jiu-jitsu classes for adults starting at age 16. You can learn more about the differences between Japanese jujutsu and Brazilian jiujitsu.

Karate – Kids Karate in Ann Arbor

Karate involves mainly strikes, kicks, and blocks. It was originally developed in the Ryukyu Islands (now Okinawa), and was later exported to Japan before finding its way around the world. Karate is an excellent martial art for those who prefer striking, and helps develop physical strength, stamina, and confidence. There are many forms of karate taught around the world today, including Shotokan, Shorin-ryu, Chito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, and Kyokushinkai. If you’re looking for a way to help your child learn enthusiasm, fitness, discipline, and manners while having a lot of fun, consider the kids karate program at JMAC. We have an incredible core of talented instructors who have made it their business to inspire kids to be their best. Read more about our karate program for kids.


Kendo is a sport descended from Japanese swordsmanship. In Kendo, participants wear padded armor and attempt to score points by striking vital points with bamboo swords called "shinai." Practice is fast paced, involves much spirited shouting, and is a lot of fun. The Japanese Martial Arts Center does not offer kendo, but can refer you to a reputable kendo instructor in the area.

Kung Fu

Kung Fu is a Chinese martial art that actually includes many sub-styles. Like karate, kung fu involves strikes, kicks, and blocks, but also includes many esoteric motions that can be applied to take down or otherwise defeat an opponent. Kung fu often appeals to imaginative people because of the many references to animal forms, but it is also a very challenging and practical martial art.

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

MMA (mixed martial arts) to a modern competition-based collection of techniques. Most MMA schools teach striking as well as grappling. Although not a traditional martial art - and thus lacking many of the character development and spiritual aspects of ancient Asian arts - MMA is nevertheless a fantastic form of exercise and a lot of fun. Because many MMA fighters have employed judo and jujutsu successfully, the Japanese Martial Arts Center offers private instruction to top-level competitors as well as occasional workshops for our members.

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is the Korean counterpart to Japanese karate. As a striking art, it includes punches, kicks, and blocks, but typically Tae Kwon Do emphasizes more kicking than does karate. Competition (usually for points rather than full contact) is very common among Tae Kwon Do practitioners. It is an excellent form of exercise, but seems more susceptible to commercialization than more traditional arts such as aikido and iaido.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is another form of Chinese martial art. It is usually taught with slow, controlled movements and deep stances. There are many health benefits associated with Tai Chi, including strong bones, cardiovascular health, and calmness.

Getting Started in Martial Arts in Ann Arbor

If you are considering taking up martial arts, you will find many superb opportunities in and around Ann Arbor, including outlying cities such as Brighton, Canton, Howell, Northville, and Plymouth. Students from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Cleary College, and even Michigan State University have supplemented their education with martial arts and found that the physical activity helps them concentrate on their studies. We think the Japanese Martial Arts Center offers the best programs in Michigan, but we’re interested in people who are willing to work hard and do what it takes to become truly accomplished. We encourage you to look around to find the martial arts club or school that best meets your needs.