Ann Arbor Dojo Details the Different Paths Martial Artists Can Take

By: Japanese Martial Arts Center
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - June 6, 2023 - PRLog -- What are your goals as a martial artist?

How can you excel beyond being a student?

Receiving a black belt isn't the final goal in martial arts. There's always room for improvement and growth! There are many different paths a martial artist can take to continue studying and keeping traditional martial arts alive.

Here are a few of them:

Remain a Student

Not every student wants to be a competitor or an instructor. It's perfectly fine to continue as a student, learning as you go and being a good citizen of the dojo. Remember to have goals and improvements in mind to keep your experience challenging and fulfilling!

Become a Competitor

For those who have the competitive spirit, going to martial arts tournaments can be a lot of fun! Tournaments usually contain a sparring component, such as kumite or randori, and a kata component. It can be inspiring to meet other talented martial artists, learn from them, and compete against them!

Become an Instructor

Those who do well as assistants may sometimes have a chance to become instructors. It's a great way to give back once you've been in your martial art for several years, and many instructors find that teaching others helps them get better, too!

Start a Dojo

If you have the spirit of an entrepreneur, you may want to start your own dojo. It's good idea to teach in an existing dojo for a few years to get experience. Be aware that running a business means doing a lot of things that aren't martial arts, like bookkeeping, marketing, people management, planning, etc.

Suino-Sensei, JMAC's Director, says: "Martial arts is one of the most worthwhile activities human beings can pursue. The long term arc of the lifetime martial artist almost always tends toward good – good health, good relationships, a sense of community, and building skills that help improve lives. Each of us is unique, and these are some of the paths we can take on our journey!"

Looking for a supportive dojo?

At JMAC, we thrive together! We're a supportive dojo that aims to create a safe, respectful, and encouraging space for all, teaching karate, iaido, Nihon jujutsu, and judo.

Contact JMAC ( today to study martial arts in Ann Arbor (

About Japanese Martial Arts Center
: Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, JMAC is an authentic Japanese martial arts facility that focuses on karate, judo, Nihon jujutsu, and iaido serving the Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Pinckney, and Canton areas as well as all Southeast Michigan. Experienced instructors train the mind, body, and spirit of members at an individualized pace, offering martial arts to both experienced and inexperienced students.

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