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At Southern School of Martial Arts you can learn self defense and martial arts at any age. Our oldest black belt is 66 years old. You don't have to to be in perfect shape to learn. Anyone, of any age, size or fitness level can learn what I teach. I do make accommodations and waive certain techniques that a person may not be able to perform due to a physical limitation or a certain health condition. I've taught many people with physical limitations and health issues. You'll get some good exercise while learning what I teach, however it's not going to be an intense work out. We focus on martial arts and self defense, not excessive physical conditioning like other martial arts schools may require. If you want an intense work out, there's a Cross Fit at the other end of our building complex. Why not give us a try, many of the techniques we teach are easy to learn and require very little strength to perform. Grandmaster Murdock

What is Manabi-Masho?
Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu is a Non-Sport Martial Art that is reality based, It's heavily blended with Ninjutsu, Aikido and Judo. It also has select techniques from Aiki-Jujutsu, JKD, Krav Maga, Eskrima and Kali. 
There's no hard to learn forms or prearranged katas. Manabi-Masho is free flowing without the complicated katas or forms common in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. In real life self defense situations katas are worthless in a real random attack. I teach much more than just how to punch and kick. Southern School of Martial Arts is not your ordinary martial arts school. 
I don't teach MMA and and cage fighting either. In the real world, hopefully we're not going to be in a cage. In the streets you don't have to abide by any rules in a real life fight for your life. MMA in my opinion is similar to dog fighting. It's just brawling without any kind of moral training for the mind, body and spirit. It's just big entertainment for those who no nothing about, or care nothing about real martial arts. Usually they don't care about learning real martial arts either. My opinion may make you angry, but I've been in martial arts a very long time and this is not real martial arts. If you want MMA, we're not for you. You'll have to find a MMA gym. 

We also teach a children's style called Kobushi-Do "The Little Warrior Way" (Jr. Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu). This children's martial art is also taught without the hard to learn forms and katas and taught in a free flow way. There's no expensive equipment to buy or constant tournaments and competitions to have to travel to. We do have competitions at times in the dojo and students can go to competitions if they wish to do so. We teach students discipline, self respect, respect for others, how to be kind and helpful to others. They gain self confidence and self esteem and learn how valuable and important they are in society. Kobushi-Do is not an ordinary children's martial art, it's a blended martial art just like it's parent martial art Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu. A blend of martial arts is more effective than one single martial art style.
In my opinion children should not be learning MMA and cage fighting. It teaches nothing but violence and bad morals.
Currently I teach 100% of all classes at the dojo. At my dojo you get a high ranking 9th degree black belt teaching all the classes.
Grandmaster Mark Murdock

Grandmaster Murdock is a retired 33 year veteran paramedic and has lots of medical knowledge and experience with both pediatric and adult anatomy & physiology. He knows how the body moves and functions and uses that to his advantage to properly train his students. He's also there in case of an injury or an emergency in the dojo. 

Learn Multiple Styles of Martial Arts

We teach a blend of martial arts that comprises of several martial art styles. Our primary martial art is Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu "Lets Learn" (The Working Way of Ju-Jitsu). Manabi-Masho is a non-sport martial art that has a very heavy base of classic Hakko-Ryu Ju-Jitsu, with Ninjutsu, Aikido and Judo blended in. We also combine several other techniques from other martial art styles (Escrima, Kali, JKD, Karate and few techniques from many other styles to numerous to mention) all to create a very effective martial art and self defense system.

Expert Level Experience Teaching Self Defense

Experienced, internationally certified and highly qualified Instructor with several years of experience. The head instructor Grandmaster Murdock has over 35 years of experience in the martial arts. 

Students Learn Very Effective Martial Arts and Life Lessons, which include:

Reality self defense, multiple martial arts styles, how to be a better person, how to control anger, how to succeed in life, how to build self esteem, how to build self confidence, know how to be kind and respectful to others, be willing to help those in need and many, many other great qualities.


My Goal as the Head Instructor Is:

To effectively teach self defense, martial arts and moral training to our students so they will be highly effective in self defense and martial arts, while being a good person and a merciful warrior with heart. GM Murdock


Our tuition rates:

We have very competitive tuition rates. Our tuition rates generally average $65.00 to $110.00 per month. The tuition price is based on the type of class, type of payment plan and how many hours the student trains per week and then figured into a monthly rate. We do have Family, Military, Police, Fire and EMS discounts. We'll happily match any competitors price within reason. At Southern School of Martial Arts you're getting a great deal on tuition with instruction from a Grandmaster, 9th Degree Black Belt with 35 years of experience. Grandmaster Murdock is the highest ranking black belt in the system, only second to Founder Grandmaster Casarez and will be the inheritor of the system. We're one of the very few schools in the area that has a high ranking instructor teaching nearly 100% of all the classes. Most schools give you a low ranking 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree black belt or may even have a brown belt teaching all the classes. With us you get much more than you pay for. We do have private classes available as well, please call for pricing.
I've invested thousands of dollars, pounds of sweat, a little blood and a lot of training time over the years to obtain my training, knowledge and ranks. I also have to pay building rent and business overhead. That is why we charge tuition that is higher than a community center or an instructor with a home location. GM Murdock


A brief history of our dojo. 

Southern School of Martial Arts officially began in May, 1996 in Willow Spring, North Carolina and has been located in five different locations through out the local area in it's history. This was the first and only Manabi-Masho dojo outside the Hombu Dojo of Grandmaster John Casarez in Ohio and the late Grandmaster "Bob" Robert Edwards in West Virginia.

Southern School of Martial Art is currently the only Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu Dojo in North Carolina. The head instructor is Grandmaster Mark Murdock 9th Degree Black Belt Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu, Soke John Casarez's highest ranking Senior Master black belt instructor and Soke-Dai (inheritor of system). 

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Other Areas of the Country where Manabi-Masho is taught:

Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu is also taught in Olive Hill, KY. by Master Allen Wilson and by Master Solitaire Adkins in Chesapeake, Ohio at the former Hombu dojo. Soke Casarez still teaches when he can at the dojo in Chesapeake, however he has given Master Solitaire Adkins rights over the dojo. Master Adkins now owns the dojo and Soke Casarez teaches only select classes at his own leisure without the worries of running a dojo. The new website for Tri-City Martial Arts is www.tri-citymartialarts.com. Master Allen Wilson, Wilson Martial Arts and Fitness can be reached at Ph. (606) 316-2198.



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