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 and preserve the martial arts as a vital and distinctive component of Stanford life.


Aikido Website
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. 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.

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.


Eskrima Website
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.

Stanford Grappling Club

Grappling Website
The Stanford Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling club is a safe and friendly place to train submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques.

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 and is distinguished from other martial arts by the linearity and strength of its punches, blocks, and kicks.


Judo Website
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

Jujitsu Website
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.

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.

Stanford Kenpo Karate Association (SKKA)

SKKA Website
The Stanford Kenpo Karate Association teaches vital self-defense techniques, designed to maximize effectiveness regardless of size or strength. Kenpo students learn multiple-strike defenses, hand strikes, kicks, joint locks, evasions, pressure points, sweeps, throws and even falls and rolls.

Kickboxing (Muay Thai)

Muay Thai Website
Muay Thai 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.


Taekwondo Website
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.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Wing Chun Kung Fu Website
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.


Wushu Website
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.


SMAP Director, Tim Ghormley, or (650) 725-0729