Intersection of Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Intersection of
Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Japanese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Okinawan Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts


The Intersection of Traditional Asian Martial Arts is an internet resource designed to provide the public with information regarding established systems of self defense developed in Japan, China, Okinawa, and the Philippines. The content of the site includes the history and biography of these Traditional Martial Arts, along with locations and contact information of qualified instructors in the Mid-Michigan area.

These instructors are devoted to researching, preserving and teaching the traditional martial arts, and offer classes in various disciplines to help educate people about the philosophy and benefits of training. The classes are taught in the traditional manner, emphasizing safe practice, cultural and spiritual aspects, and mastery of material at each level.

Fighting arts have existed throughout human history.  As human beings strove to excel in warfare, they discovered that the grueling discipline of preparing for battle gave them a degree of mastery over certain human weaknesses, such as greed, worry, and fear of death.  When the need for warfare diminished, the training methods were preserved and incorporated with ritual, which helped to improve concentration. This is how, over time, these excellent systems of physical, mental and spiritual forging were developed.  This way is known in Japanese as budo (martial way).

In traditional martial arts, students begin by practicing the basics, including stances, stepping, correct etiquette, and safe falling methods.  Consequently, when the body and mind have begun to adapt to the training, students are given more difficult material in accordance with their readiness to learn and devotion to practice.  The most successful student is the one who can "empty his cup," that is, put aside preconceptions and become wholeheartedly devoted to the material offered by the instructor.  With dedicated, vigorous practice, most students find their health and concentration improve, and that the overall quality of their lives is affected positively by their involvement in the martial arts.