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Get more fit, more focused, and more confident. Visit JMAC today to watch a class and learn how easy it is to get started!

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This is your chance to join a group of dedicated martial artists focused on real personal change! Embark on your spiritual journey ... stop in to watch a class today!

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We're happy to answer your questions or help you get started. If you're looking for a serious, abundant place to learn martial arts, JMAC is your first choice!

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World class training in Ann Arbor? You can find it at JMAC. Call or email today to find out how easy it is to get started.

Safe, systematic instruction for beginners!

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If you're a beginner or never studied martial arts, we'll help you get started safely. Free intro lessons and systematic training for new students.

Martial Arts for Women in Ann Arbor

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Women make great martial artists! There's no macho posturing or dirty locker rooms at JMAC. Call or stop in today to learn how to get started!

The JMAC Approach

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At JMAC, you'll learn how to harness your energy and improve your focus ... for great results! Learn better focus and how to be more effective throughout your life.

TRAINING FEES

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Are you looking for "cheap"? We're not for you. But if you're looking for "serious," "passionate," or "world-class," then call JMAC today!

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Are you driven? Do you seek the deepest, the brightest, the most profound? Prove yourself first, then ask about our ultimate insider program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Get answers to some of the most common questions asked about martial arts training. Trying to decide if martial arts training is right for you? We're happy to help answer your questions!

Location

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JMAC is conveniently located just off I-94 on South State at 2875 Boardwalk, Suite H, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 . Ample free parking and an abundance of expert knowledge to help you improve!

Schedule

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Plenty of evening & weekend classes make it easy for you get in to train. Check out our schedule, come in to watch. Arrange for your free intro lessons!

Code of Conduct

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To be great, you must have great determination and high standards. Here are the expectations at JMAC - the mindset it takes to truly realize your potential.

Visit Us!

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You're more than a name here at JMAC - you're a candidate for greatness. Visit us to learn more, or to watch a class, and we'll explain what it takes to get started. No risk, no obligation.

Links

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Some links to sites we find helpful or who are simply kind enough to link to us. Please report any spam or suspicious sites to us!

Misspellings

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You might be surprised how often people mis-spell words in the martial arts. We've provided this list of misspellings to help you get to the right place when you're after a martial arts concept or simply want more information.

Why Train in Martial Arts?

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There are many great reasons to train in martial arts. Find yours at the Japanese Martial Arts Center!

The Exceptional Martial Artist

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Do you have a calling to become exceptional? Ready for hard work? Learn how to become an exceptional martial artist in one of our special events.

JMAC Calendar

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Not everybody has what it takes to become exceptional in the martial arts, but if you want to give yourself the best chance, stop in to watch a class at JMAC today!

Rear Naked Choke | Hadaka-jime

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This no gi technique is an intersection between a traditional Japanese choke and popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu submission.

Triangle Choke | Sankaku-jime

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This classic no gi technique is an intersection between a traditional Japanese choke and popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu submission.

Front Arm Triangle | Mae-hadaka-jime

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This no gi technique is an intersection between a traditional Japanese choke and popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu submission. It is used in MMA, wrestling, and many other martial arts.

Ezekiel Choke | Sode-guruma-jime

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This gi choke looks like a wheel. It is usually done on the trachea.

Single Wing Choke | Kata-ha-jime

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In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this is referred to as the "side-mounted stranglehold".

Sliding Collar Choke | Okuri-eri-jime

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This choke is ubiquituous in every grappling sport that involves a gi.

Gyaku-juji-jime | Reverse Cross Lock

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Gyaku-juji-jime is one of the easiest chokes to use on the ground, but hard to learn.

Kata-juji-jime | Front Lapel Stranglehold

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This choke is in the same family as gyaku-juji-jime. It is also a choke that both novice and advanced ground players need to know.

Jigoku-jime | Hell Strangle

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This is the Hell Choke, or Crucifix. If you can get this choke, it's a great way to immobolize an opponent on the ground.

I AM JMAC: Matthew

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“Karate is fun to do and learn, but you can’t mess around all the time” he says, smiling. “We work on stuff, but also have fun. There’s a lot of time where you have to be serious about what you’re learning."

I AM JMAC: Amy

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“I didn’t know very much about iaido at the beginning and found it interesting in so many different ways, including philosophically and the exactitude of it."

I AM JMAC: Andrew

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There was a clear distinction in my happiness when I was training and when I wasn’t.” He smiles, “Yes, martial arts will make you happier.”

I AM JMAC: Haruka

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“When I’m at kids karate class, it benefits me to watch not just what the teacher is doing, but how the teacher is teaching other students. "

I AM JMAC: Andy, "Bossory"

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"I did the intro classes, picked it up, and kept going. One of the things that is really cool here is the authentic budo experience. The mutual welfare and respect really shows here. All the things that make a good place to train hold true here - Your willingness to help your partners, betterment of them, yourself, the dojo, and the level of the instruction is incredible."

I AM JMAC: Amber

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“It’s a whole lot of stepping out of my comfort zone and I’ve been pleased with the outcomes every single time. I’ve not been disappointed here, not once.”

I AM JMAC: Nicklaus Suino Sensei, Director

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We officially opened JMAC in June of 2006. From the beginning we were embraced by the community. We've lived in three locations. In 2018, we will celebrate twelve years of exceptional training in traditional Japanese Martial Arts.

Jujutsu Kenshukai at JMAC

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Raise your Nihon Jujutsu game by focusing in on a few key aspects in this intensive training session!

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Looking for world-class instruction in martial arts? At JMAC, our credentials are second-to-none, our passion for martial arts is boundless. We want to help you on your path to success!

Nicklaus Suino Sensei

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Suino-Sensei is one of the most highly-credentialed martial artists in the world, whose instruction is sought out by martial artists everywhere. Join JMAC and get first hand instruction from one of the greats!

John Gage Sensei

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Leader of the Nihon Jujutsu system founded by Sato Shizuya. Head of the American Embassy Judo Club in Tokyo. Advisor to JMAC. John Gage Sensei.

Daniel Holland Sensei

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Holland-Sensei is one of the most upbeat, yet profound martial artists to be found anywhere. Your viewpoint of martial arts will never be the same!

Stephen Morris Sensei

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Twenty-five years of judo experience, multiple competition and kata wins. Learn from a National Champion!

Dana Jackson Sensei

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"I'm inspired to train harder and learn more about judo every time I go to a class taught by Jackson-Sensei!"

Martial Arts For Kids

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Your child can learn focus, get fit, and develop self confidence at JMAC. Safe, highly effective training. Call us to arrange a visit today!

Have You Considered Kids Judo as a Way to Help Your Child Thrive?

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Judo means “the way of adaptability.” Kids learn throws, takedowns and pins. As they stick with judo, their balance gets better, they get calmer, and they get more comfortable with movement. Our classes teach Japanese etiquette, respect, basic movement skills, competition, and social skills.

Little Dragons: The FUNdamentals of Martial Arts

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From age 4-6, kids attend our “Little Dragons” class. We work on the FUNdamentals of judo and karate (stances, punches, falling safely) while recognizing that our smallest students have to enjoy, engage, and connect with what they’re doing. We strive to make the class fun and high-energy, making sure each student has a chance for one-on-one time with the instructors while they learn AWESOME judo and karate moves.

Set Your Child Up for Success with Kids Karate!

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One thing we’ve learned … karate can be transformative for young bodies and minds. But too much emphasis on stern discipline and hard-core training can take the fun out of it for kids. If you could stop in and watch a kids karate class, you’d see how we balance fun for the students with learning and teaching. Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s hidden inside games or activities.

Practice for life! Origins of Nihon Jujutsu

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Choosing the right martial art style and the right dojo can be overwhelming. You can simplify it by asking three questions: Is it safe? Is it systematic? Is it supportive?

What's the Difference Between Nihon Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

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There are differences and similiarites that distinguish the two martial arts. These differences can be found in the spelling, history, and techniques.

Ann Arbor Aikido Seminar with Satoh Tadayuki-Sensei

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The struggle is real.  Many martial artists find it difficult to move beyond basic techniques into free form practice. They wonder how others manage to “flip the switch” to safe, effective high-level randori, or free practice.Join us at JMAC in Ann Arbor on March 16, 17 & 18, 2018, to explore the integration of Aikido, Judo, & Jujutsu with Satoh Tadayuki Sensei.

Ju Nana Hon (Basic 17 Techniques) Randori no Kata Ann Arbor Aikido Seminar

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Fortunately for us, Tomiki Sensei created Randori no Kata, a framework of 17 techniques (waza) that are deemed appropriate for randori (free form practice).  Join us at JMAC in Ann Arbor on March 16, 17 & 18, 2018, to explore the integration of Aikido, Judo, & Jujutsu with Satoh Tadayuki Sensei.

Tomiki Aikido Foundations Right Here in Ann Arbor

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To fully understand the common skillsets shared by judo, jujutsu, aikido, look no further than their evolution from their common ancestor - ancient jujitsu.

Real World Personal Defense Courses

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Want to learn real world self defense without hype in a clean professional environment?

Ann Arbor Jujutsu Practitioner Combines Martial Arts and Leadership Research | Andrea Derler

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Interview with PhD candidate and Nihon Jujutsu black belt, Andrea Derler, leads to intriguing insights on martial arts and the business world!

Happy Children’s Day! (Reasons Why We Love Our Ann Arbor Kids Karate and Judo Students)

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Interested in learning more about kids martial arts programs? Feel free to email or call us, or stop by JMAC today! You can watch with no obligation and intro lessons are free!

Martial Arts Ann Arbor

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Learn how to navigate martial arts Ann Arbor has to offer. Investigate fun and exciting opportunities from world-class ranked instructors.

The Odds of Earning a Black Belt in a Martial Arts Class (Ann Arbor)

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Learn the actual value and merit of your belt if you study in a martial arts class, Ann Arbor, MI

Martial Arts Fitness in Ann Arbor | Fitness for People Over 50

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Learn how martial arts can help you achieve your fitness goals. Find the best martial arts fitness programs at the Japanese Martial Arts Center today!

Stress Relieving Martial Artist Quotes from Judo to Jiu Jitsu (Ann Arbor, MI)

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From famous MMA stars to Jiu Jitsu practitioners, here are some quips that should lighten the load on your shoulders.

What is a Tenugui?

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Discover the history, usage, and meaning behind the beautiful Japanese tenugui.

Judo Fitness (Ann Arbor) - Combination Series 1

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Dana Jackson shows judo combinations at our Ann Arbor martial arts dojo.

Smarter, Happier, Healthier Kids! The Advantages of Enrolling Your Child in a Martial Arts Class (Ann Arbor)

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Science-based reasons on why enrolling your child gives him or her a head start with her academics and future endeavors!

Martial Arts Fitness | How Martial Artists Around the World Eat

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From Shaolin Monks to MMA stars, learn how martial artists around the world eat to gain optimal speed, strength, and agility. This is the basis of martial arts fitness!

The Connection Between the Founder of Judo and an Ann Arbor Martial Arts Dojo

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Learn how the Japanese Martial Arts Center has a legacy that decends from Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo.

How to Prevent Choking Under Pressure | Psychology & Martial Arts (Ann Arbor, MI)

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Psychology tips to help students at our martial arts, Ann Arbor-based dojo, perform their very best when under pressure.

Japanese Martial Art Highlights for 2014: The Good, the Bad, and the Bizarre

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These are the highlights in Japanese Martial Arts, from the best to the craziest fights!

An Interview with Warrington Hudlin

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The following interview discusses martial arts and filmography with Warrington Hudlin, who is a director, producer, Yale graduate, film curator, and martial arts aficionado.

Ann Arbor | Jiu Jitsu, Nihon Jujutsu & Judo Words You Want to Know

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柔道 means "gentle way". Judo is a self-defense, combat, and Olympic martial art. It was founded in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. The purpose of Judo is manifest in the mottoes Kano came up with: "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit".

Ann Arbor | Karate Words You Want to Know

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These Japanese words are commonly used during our Ann Arbor Karate classes.

Ann Arbor | Martial Arts Etiquette

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The purpose of etiquette in our Ann Arbor martial arts dojo ensures the safety of those training and enhances the quality of training.

Ann Arbor | Martial Arts Words You Want to Know

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These Japanese words are commonly spoken at the dojo. Not only do they carry a deep historical significance, but enhance the overall quality of the Ann Arbor martial arts dojo experience!

How to Stay Relaxed During Judo and Jiu Jitsu (Ann Arbor)

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These techniques can optimize your standing work and groundwork for Judo and Jiu Jitsu (Ann Arbor, MI).

The Age Martial Art Masters Started Training

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From Toshihiko Koga to Bruce Lee, this list covers the ages these masters started training.

Interview with Highest Ranking Jujutsu Martial Artist | Trends Between European and Japanese Martial Arts

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John Gage Sensei is teaching at an international seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark. He offers some quick words on trends between Japanese and European martial arts.

Badass Chokeholds | Intersections Between Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Ann Arbor)

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These chokeholds and strangles are in the arsenal of every good ground fighter. Pump up your game and add these babies to your repertoire! These nine chokes are originally Judo chokes, but have been adapted in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Ann Arbor).

Commonly Asked Questions on Self-Defense (Ann Arbor, MI)

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Is Judo effective? Is Nihon Jujutsu effective? Who would benefit from taking martial arts?

It's About the Martial Arts Training, Not the Rank

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

Finding a Martial Arts Role Model

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Find a great role model for your martial arts instruction.

Visualize During Your Martial Arts Classes

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Don't immediately do. Visualize yourself doing the martial arts.

Get Inspired Again in Martial Arts | Ann Arbor

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Do you remember what got you excited about martial arts in the first place?

Martial Arts and the Magic of Persistance

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Sometimes just sticking with a thing is enough to separate yourself from the crowd.

Martial Arts Training in the Land of the Living

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Train with those that are not small in character, technique, and aspirations. Consider your dojo carefully.

The Mind is Upright

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It is said that the sword is like the mind, and if the sword is upright, the mind is upright.

Ann Arbor Martial Arts

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Interested in learning more about martial arts? Feel free to email or call us, or stop by JMAC today! You can watch with no obligation and intro lessons are free!

Dexter, Michigan Martial Arts Training

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I have attended JMAC since 2009, and have yet to find a school of its caliber. Its instructors are top-notch with lineages that trace straight from the founders of some of the traditional Japanese martial arts. I can also safely consider this place to be a second-home. The people that train here are fantastic. The place is safe. The material is challenging. It's an honor to train here.

Chelsea, Michigan Martial Arts Training

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My son wanted to learn Iaido this year. We did not know anything about it. His grandpa was a paratrooper and a green beret and encouraged him to learn martial arts and particularly jujutsu. JMAC is a true Japanese dojo. We did not know what good exercise one gets with Iaido. It' fantastic. Most students are serious adults and the environment is really not bad at all for our teenager. We're looking forward to many years of Iaido and hope our son will decide to also add another martial art.

Pinckney, Michigan Martial Arts Training

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JMAC is the best traditional martial arts school I have come across in 40 years of martial arts training. Sensei Suino and his instructors manage to harmonize eastern formality and discipline with a western sensibility that stresses the fulfillment of individual potential. It is a privilege to be part of such an outstanding organization.

Martial Arts Training for University of Michigan Students

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JMAC is an amazing place for training in martial arts. I have trained at JMAC since 2006. The people and environment encourage learning and development, both in the martial arts and at a personal level. The instructors are experts in their arts, and are very proficient at teaching. The students are friendly and positive to work with, and everyone helps each other to learn and excel. My wife and son also train at JMAC, and we can't imagine going anywhere else.

Self-defense for Eastern Michigan University Students

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This place is wonderful for women who want to learn martial arts. JMAC does an incredible job of balancing the traditional Japanese martial arts experience with cutting edge science and an approach that suits all types of motivated people. I've trained at JMAC and with Suino-Sensei, Holland-Sensei, and Morris-Sensei and at ITAMA in Lansing. The experience was challenging but exciting, and I not only learned self-defense, but also got fit and learned a lot of skills that I could apply throughout my life. JMAC gets my highest recommendation!

Martial Arts Training For Washtenaw Community College Students

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JMAC is a unique place to train with a great combination of dedicated, expert instructors and committed students. The kids' classes are a perfect mix of fun and serious training at an age-appropriate level. The adult classes are full of serious students always willing to help the others in the dojo get better. The high level of expert instruction cannot be overstated!

Styles Taught at JMAC

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Not every style suits every person - learn more about what makes a certain style best for you. Stop in or call to watch a class at the Japanese Martial Arts Center.

Iaido

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Learn incredible focus through iaido (swordsmanship) practice, a martial art with roots dating back to the Samurai era in Japan. Our chief instructor is one of the world's most respected swordsmanship ... right in your backyard!

Judo

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A great way to get fit, compete, and learn self-defense. JMAC has an incredible sprung floor and world class instruction to help you stay healthy and reach your goals effectively!

Jujutsu

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Japanese jujitsu helps you learn self-defense, get focused, and get more fit. The world's top Nihon Jujutsu instructor leads the program at JMAC!

Karate

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Karate is a great way for kids to build strength, focus, confidence, and social skills. At JMAC, your child will have a great time while improving him or herself in many ways.


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