The Loyola Ju-Jitsu Club

Because of COVID-19 Loyola University has closed for the 2000-2001 semester.  Because of the Ju-Jitsu club uses the Loyola Fitness Club , all class have been cancelled until further notice.  You can contack Derek for more information.



Welcome to the Loyola Ju-Jitsu Club/ Maru Martial Arts Website.  If you are looking for a college  that has a martial arts program , Loyola University of Maryland is the place to be.   The Loyola Ju-Jitsu Club has been on campus for over 30 years and has promoted over 25 black belts.    Maru Martial Arts is a fully certified Dojo under the American Ju=Jitsu Association.   The Loyola Ju-Jitsu Club  site on the University Website has at this time been disabled.    All updates and information about our club can be found here.   My name is Hanshi Donna Mathews.  I am the owner and head instructor of Maru Martial Arts.   For question about our club please go to the contact page.  Thank You.  I hope you enjoy our site.  It is still a work in progress. 

The Maru Dojo was started September 1987. It was established with help from Anne McCaffrey the Director of the Lifetime Sports Program and students at Loyola College. The Maru Dojo at Loyola works to promote physical safety and mental awareness among it students. Through our Self-Defense classes students have learned to protect themselves not only with defensive techniques but how to be more aware of their surroundings so as to prevent the attack before it happens. The Maru Dojo is fully certified by the American Ju-Jitsu Association and is dedicated to the teachings and standards of the American Ju-Jitsu Association. The style of Ju Jitsu taught at Loyola is Maru Ketsugo Ju-Jitsu and comes from several different styles of Ju-Jitsu. Among them is Samurai Combat Ju-Jitsu, Small Circle Ju-Jitsu, Taiho Jitsu (Styles before 1882), Kodokan Judo, Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, Haddo Ryu Ju-Jitsu, Ketsugo Ju-Jitsu, Seibukan Ninhon Ryu Ju-Jitsu. We also study techniques from some of the ancient art form from Shuai Chiou a Chinese version of Ju-Jitsu in the Kung Fu system.


Maru is also involved in other Loyola activities. Students participating in demonstrations and help teach at self-defense seminars held in individual dorms all over campus. Over the years Maru has competed in area tournaments and the Maryland State Games. Many of the participating students have done well enough to take home first, second and third place trophies. In September of 1997 Maru and it's students celebrated it's ten year anniversary with a total of twenty-one AJA registered students. In September 1997 Maru/Loyola Ju-Jitsu Dojo web page was up and running giving perspective and current students up to date information on all belt requirements, Dojo activities and background on Ju-Jitsu and self-defense. The web page was created not only for the Loyola Ju-Jitsu students, but for anyone interested in the art of Ju-Jitsu. Some of the articles, information, questions etc. on this site e submitted by the students.  Please check out our sites and let me know what you think.  This site is still growing and I hope to keep adding new information as I find it.

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