The Way to Japan

The Maru Dojo has been a sanctioned dojo of the America Ju-Jitsu Association since 1987. All AJA dojos are owned and run by AJA certified black belts who have earned their instructor's certificates. The American Ju-Jitsu Association is internationally recognized by the Nippon Seibukan in Japan, the European Jujitsu Union, and by the United States as a governing body for Ju-Jitsu, developing as a reputable and credible organization. All certificates from Maru are recognized by the American Ju-Jitsu Association. Some schools do not have a large organization behind them, and many are not connected to their origin country. When selecting a school or dojo, this should not be used as a factor in making your decision. Some instructors learn their art from having it passed down through their family, and others take courses offered by recreation centers. These instructors are frequently as effective at teaching as those certified by larger organizations.  Once you become a black belt you can join organizations with connections all over the world. You can also belong to more than one. 

It was in the teachings of Sanzo Seki that there are no styles of Ju-Jitsu; there is only Ju-Jitsu. The differences are in terminology and/or sequence in which various parts of the art are taught


Our connection to Japan


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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