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Stanford Martial Arts Program (SMAP)
The Stanford Martial Arts Program is an umbrella organization that supports the various member martial arts groups on campus. Its main goals are to educate the Stanford community through outreach programming about the variety of martial arts instruction on campus, serve as a centralized communications network between the different groups and preserve the martial arts as a vital and distinctive component of Stanford life.
Aikido originated in the centuries-old tradition of the Japanese martial arts and is a form of budo– a way of life that seeks to polish the self through a blend of rigorous physical training and spiritual discipline.
There is no attack in Aikido. Its uniqueness as a martial art lies in its awareness of a deep sense of harmony with all of creation with training to defend not only the self but to bring the attacker under control without the necessity of inflicting injury.
Because of Aikido’s noncompetitive, harmonious philosophy, men and women of all ages can train together in a mutually supportive atmosphere, at an energy level appropriate for each individual. New students are welcome to join the class at any time.
Stanford Capoeira Club
Stanford Capoeira Club Website
Capoeira is a breathtaking Afro-Brazilian art which combines practical martial arts, dance, acrobatics, music, history and philosophy. The origin of Capoeira is obscure since the evolution of Capoeira during the Brazilian slave trade was not well documented. Most theories point toward adapted movements from traditional Angola dance which evolved into techniques of self-defense. When Capoeira was outlawed by slave owners the fighting art became disguised as a dance through the addition of music and acrobatic movements. In the 1930’s Capoeira was legalized in Brazil and is now spreading throughout the world. We are proud to have classes taught on the Stanford campus by world renowned Mestre Beicola from Rio de Janeiro.
We are a student group at Stanford University dedicated to the study of the Filipino martial art of Eskrima. Eskrima focuses on practical self-defense from a unique weapons-oriented perspective. Unlike most martial arts, Eskrima teaches students empty hand and weapon techniques concurrently. Here at Stanford, we study the Inayan System of Eskrima under the instruction of Suro Jason Inay.
JKA Shotokan Karate
JKA Shotokan Karate Website
Shotokan Karate is a weaponless martial art developed in Okinawa and Japan, emphasizing power and efficiency in combat. Skilled karateka defeat their opponents with minimal number of techniques and effort, which is particularly useful when facing multiple opponents. Shotokan is distinguished from other martial arts by the linearity and strength of its punches, blocks, and kicks. Precise techniques, accompanied by mastery and focus of energy flows and a deep knowledge of the body’s vital points, make this karate style a comprehensive system for self-defense and combat.
However, Shotokan Karate is much more than just a way to defend and fight – it is an holistic system in which the training itself has far reaching effects on the trainee. It is an ideal way to become and stay fit, as it combines intense aerobic and anaerobic exercises. It is a way to gain self-discipline and the confidence to surmount everyday obstacles, whether tangible or not. Shotokan Karate encourages and helps in the exploration and understanding of both the physical and mental self.
The JKA Shotokan club is led by Sensei Kenichi Haramoto, a sixth degree black belt and certified instructor of the Japan Karate Association. He started teaching Karate at Stanford in 1970. Please see the club’s web page for details.
The Stanford Judo Club was founded in the Fall of 1980 and has since evolved into a nationally competitive collegiate Judo team. We practice Judo for recreation, exercise and self-defense, but our main thrust is competition. We compete as individuals in tournaments and as a team in tournaments and intercollegiate meets.
Jujitsu Self Defense
The Stanford Self-Defense Class teaches practical methods of self-defense drawn from all the martial arts. This coed course is available to beginners every quarter. Advanced training also is available year-round through senior black belt level, and is offered to improve and widen each student’s skills.
All Stanford students, faculty and staff members are invited to join our relaxed atmosphere, as we work on conditioning and coordination. Students who have completed the beginners’ course can further refine their basic skills, as well as learn more complicated techniques. Advanced students may continue as long as they wish, with the possibility of receiving formal belt ranks in Aiki Jujitsu.
Stanford Kendo Club
Stanford Kendo Club Website
Kendo is a Japanese form of fencing with two-handed bamboo swords, originally developed as a safe form of sword training for samurai. The Stanford Kendo Club, under the coaching of George Ogawa Sensei, gathers a group of both beginner and experienced kendo-ka to further their skills in kendo with a mission to grow the community for Kendo at Stanford and beyond.
Stanford Kenpo Karate Association (SKKA)
The Stanford Kenpo Karate Association teaches vital self-defense techniques, designed to maximize effectiveness regardless of size or strength. Beginning students will learn tools for responding to a modern street-fight situation, including single- or multiple-attackers, with or without weapons, under a variety of circumstances. Kenpo students learn multiple-strike defenses, hand strikes, kicks, joint locks, evasions, pressure points, sweeps, throws and even falls and rolls.
In addition to self-defense, SKKA also teaches sparring and kata, encouraging balance, flexibility, strength and personal growth in the martial arts. Our SKKA instructors have many decades of teaching experience, and even experience across multiple martial arts disciplines, and incorporate this knowledge into their teachings.
Kickboxing (Muay Thai)
Muay Thai Website
Muay Thai or Thai Kickboxing is a martial art developed in Thailand about 500 years ago to defend the country against invaders. Muay Thai combines Western-style boxing with kicking, and includes the use of elbows and knees.
Though traditionally Muay Thai is designed to be fatal to the opponent, in our class we focus on self-defense and counter attack. Usually light sparring is practiced with minimal use of elbows. During class, students will wear boxing gloves, shin guards, and mouth protectors. Head protection is required for sparring. In order to excel in Muay Thai, one will need to develop flexibility, strength, endurance, concentration, and reflexes. One will learn to adapt the techniques according to their strengths and weaknesses on their own pace.
Classes are held twice a week, four quarters a year, and are open to everyone regardless of experience.
The Stanford University Taekwondo Program trains undergraduates, graduates, and community members in the modern martial art and sport of Taekwondo.
Classes focus on basic and advanced footwork, kicking and striking technique, competitive theory, individual and partner drills as well as both recreational and competitive sparring. Stanford Taekwondo also fields a team that competes in tournaments nationwide.
In addition to providing a rigorous workout to both newcomers and advanced students, the club fosters a fun and friendly atmosphere among its members, organizing various social events outside of regular workouts.
Join us this year in our training facility inside the new Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. Classes for various skill levels meet two to three times a week. Please see our web page for more information.
Wing Chun Kung Fu
Wing Chun Kung Fu Website
Wing Chun Kung Fu’s roots can be traced from the Southern Shaolin Temple in China to the late Grand Master Yip Man. It is one of the few martial arts that attributes its origins to a woman. Although popularized as Bruce Lee’s “mother art”, the practice of Wing Chun remains substantially different from his Jeet Kune Do. Taught as a predominantly internally-oriented style stressing technique, sensitivity, and subtle awareness instead of brute force, Wing Chun provides practical self-defense for men and women and a means for developing the mind and spirit.
The classes are taught by Eddie Oshins, a 15-year student of Sifu Kenneth Chung, Director of the San Francisco Wing Chun Student Association. Eddie also does related scientific research on the principles of mind-body action as a courtesy Visiting Scholar with Stanford University’s Department of Physics.
Modern Wushu is a martial art which combines a foundation in the traditional Chinese fighting arts with a modern disposition towards aesthetics, grace, and performance. It emphasizes a combination of strength, speed, and flexibility rarely seen in other martial arts or sports. Both a martial art and a performance art, Wushu is the national sport of China, and is practiced throughout the world. Along with open hand training, Wushu athletes do extensive training with weapons such as broadsword, staff, spear, and straight sword. The Stanford Wushu Club hold lessons twice a week, and is open to everyone regardless of experience.
Stanford Martial Arts Program (SMAP) website
SMAP Director, Tim Ghormley, firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 725-0729
Stanford Aiki Association
Stanford Kenpo Karate
Stanford Muay Thai Kickboxing
Stanford Wing Chun Kung Fu
Stanford JKA Shotokan Karate