Intersection of Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Intersection of
Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Japanese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Okinawan Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts

Nihon Jujutsu

Nihon Jujutsu -- Kote HineriJujutsu is considered the mother of all Japanese martial arts.  Once called taijutsu or yawara, jujutsu was a loosely organized system of attack and defense methods that included throwing, hitting, kicking, joint locks, and many other types of skills.  Although modern practice centers around throwing, grappling, and joint locks, there are many variations on the way jujutsu is taught.  It is one of the most effective forms of self-defense, since it employs simple motions for coping with a variety of attacks.  Ukemi, or safe falling skills, are a vital part of jujutsu, being both a form of self-defense and also a necessary part of two person practice in this art.

Nihon Jujutsu is a modern system of pure Japanese jujutsu headed by Shizuya Sato, 9th dan and one of the last direct students of the legendary Kyuzo Mifune of the Kodokan.  Basic practice consists of defensive stepping drills, safe falling skills, and fundamental locks and throws.  At the intermediate level, students are taught challenging techniques involving fighting attacks and dynamic throws and pins.  Advanced students face continuous attacks from several opponents, armed attacks, and learn to counter with sophisticated parries, takedowns and grappling techniques.

At the same time, the mental and spiritual benefits are emphasized.  Learning to perform physical skills correctly and applying them correctly always engages the student's ego.  By facing one's own weaknesses and learning to overcome them, the student can become calmer and more confident.  Learning to cooperate in practice refines teamwork skills.  Working within a hierarchy builds a system of positive values.  These positive characteristics can be applied to all areas of life, yielding benefits far greater than the obvious ones of better physical health and the ability to defend oneself.   Nihon Jujutsu ranks can be certified by the Shudokan Martial Arts Association (SMAA) and the Kokusai Budoin, IMAF.

For information about Nihon Jujutsu in Ann Arbor, Michigan, contact Nickalus Suino Sensei at

Classes Held at
Japanese Martial Arts Center
Ann Arbor, MI
Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Open)
8:00pm - 9:00pm (Advanced - Yonkyu & Above)
Wednesday 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Open)
8:00pm - 9:00pm (Intermediate - Gokyu & Above)
Friday Noon - 1:00pm (Open)
5:00pm - 6:20pm (Grappling)

For Private Lessons in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido in the Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lansing, Michigan area, please contact Dan Holland Sensei at