Southern School of Martial Arts

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In the video above is Grandmaster Murdock demonstrating an intermediate technique during the adult class. This technique demonstrates how to defend against a punch and how to apply an arm bar afterwards. We teach simple to learn self defense techniques that are practical and effective. Anyone of any size or fitness level can learn these techniques. Why not give it a try, the first class is always free. There's no obligation or high pressure sales to join?

Southern School of Martial Arts
Serving the McGee's Crossroads, Cleveland 40/42 area, Garner, Benson, Angier, Four Oaks, Coats, Clayton and Smithfield, NC area!
Please go to the Rivers Edge Bujinkan Dojo page for more information on Bujinkan Ninjutsu
Coming January 2018, a New Kickboxing Cardio Fitness program, please click on the link to that page on the home drop down menu.
Our Class Times:

Monday and Wednesday evenings,

Children's Little Ninja, ages 3 to 6

(Martial Arts for pre-school children)

6:00pm to 6:45pm


Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 

Children's Kobushi-Do and Kid Ninja, ages 7 to 12

(Jr. Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu and Children's Ninjutsu)

6:00pm to 7:00pm.

Starting in January 2018 class times: 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu (Mat A) and Bujinkan Ninjutsu (Mat B)

Teens and Adults, ages 13 and up

(Ages 13 to 15 must be at least 4'6'' & 100lbs and have parents permission to participate in either class. Students who don't meet the height requirements will train in the Kobushi-Do class)

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Starting in January 2018, class times: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

I offer Private Training and Private Group Training at the dojo or your location and host birthday parties for children, please see the links above on the drop down menu or call 919-753-7964 for more information please.
More information below.
At Southern School of Martial Arts You Learn Real World Self Defense
No Tournaments, No Trophies, No Rules, "You Win Your Life"
We offer Self Defense and Tactical Training for Police officers and Military personnel. We have special Self Defense classes for EMS and Fire. We also welcome students from BJJ, MMA and other martial art styles. Why not add some additional skills to your arsenal! Please call for more information.
A description of our Martial Art below.
Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu is a Non-Sport Specialized Self Defense Martial Art

Manabi-Masho means, "Lets Learn" The Working Way. Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu was formed in 1968 by Founder Grandmaster John H. Casarez from traditional Japanese Hakko-Ryu Ju-Jitsu and a blend of Judo, Aikido and Karate and few Ninjutsu techniques. His thoughts were a blended martial art is more effective than one single martial art.

Grandmaster Murdock's adaptation of Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu adds even more Ninjutsu along with Eskrima, Kali and techniques from JKD, Krav Maga and Russian Martial Arts for real life self protection. It's a street wise martial art that is effective for defending yourself and others from real attacks from real attackers, including multiple attackers and attackers with weapons. In addition to our Martial Arts training students learn valuable life lessons like how to be honest and respectful to others while having integrity and honoring those who give knowledge. 

With the increasing number of shootings in the country we now teach how to react to an active shooter and how to use offensive firearms tactical techniques to defend against an active shooter. Our Martial Art is a great supplement to "Conceal Carry" for the normal person without any hand to hand tactical experience. 


Learn from a true expert in the field! Grandmaster Murdock has over 35 years of experience in Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu and nearly 30 years experience in several other martial art styles. Grandmaster Murdock is a 9th degree black belt and a Soke-Dai (Inheritor of system). He's one of the highest ranking black belts in the Raleigh-Durham area. Grandmaster Murdock is a member of four Martial Art Halls of Fame and a member of the elite World Head of Family Sokeship Council.

Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu is recognized internationally through the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, WHFSC, WASCA and USIMAA.


To try a free week of classes please call,

Ph. 919-753-7964

We're located at Exit 319 and I-40/Hwy 210. (Physical Address: 27 Annette Dr. Suite 101, Benson, NC. 27504)


We're only 5 to 7 minutes south on I-40 from the Cleveland 40/42 Exit 312! 
We're also only 15 to 25 minutes from Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Angier, Benson and Smithfield, NC.
If you live in Raleigh, We're only 25 to 35 minutes (normal traffic) from the I-440/I-40 Benson-Wilmington exit. 
The high quality of training that you'll receive at our dojo is definitely worth your drive!
To learn even more about our martial art and our school please click on the school picture below for more information.

Southern School of Martial Arts is a BBB Accredited Martial Art Instructor in Benson, NC

We have plenty of seating for parents and spectators.

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