SMAA Talks Prospective Students Through the Who, What, and Why

By: Shudokan Martial Arts Association
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - June 12, 2024 - PRLog -- Why do you want to practice martial arts?

How does your personality impact your practice?

There are usually a couple of questions I ask potential students within the first month of training, or even before they begin training. I usually don't ask it in so blunt a manner, but they are usually some form of "Who are you, what do you do, and why do you want to train with us?"

Who are you? What do you do? In America, we tend to categorize people based a lot on their occupation. You don't need to have a white-collar job. But if you are an adult, don't have a job, and are mooching off someone else, I'm going to wonder if you can afford to help pay the monthly dues that covers our dojo rental fees.

What prior martial arts background do you have? Some martial arts will complement what we do. Some will only hinder you learning our own style, so I will have prior knowledge of what I need to be aware of.

Why do you want to train in our dojo? There's actually no pat and simple answer for this. Of course, if you say something like "Because I need to fight the ninjas that are coming out of the walls in my padded room," I may ask that you focus on taking your medication regularly instead of learning how to fight invisible ninja.

In a way, talking to prospective new students is like speed dating. How do you get a handle on this new person in only a few minutes, who might barge into your life and stick around every training session, three hours a week, week in and week out, through a cursory interview?

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Ready to Start Earning Your Martial Arts Rank Certficate?

If you have the who, what, and why, we want to have you at SMAA!

At our dojo, you have your choice of five different divisions of Japanese martial arts. To start your journey towards an official martial arts rank certificate, call 734-720-0330 or submit a contact form here:

About Shudokan Martial Arts Association: SMAA was founded in January 1994 by a group of martial artists concerned with promoting and safeguarding Nihon budo and koryu bujutsu—the traditional martial arts and ways of Japan. SMAA is a non-profit that aims keep the spirit of traditional budo alive in the West. Anyone can become a member, even if you aren't a martial artist, and SMAA members are from multiple countries across the globe. For more information, visit

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