Stanford Martial Arts Program (SMAP)

The Stanford Martial Arts Program is an umbrella organization that supports the various member martial arts groups on campus. Its main goals are to educate the Stanford community through outreach programming about the variety of martial arts instruction on campus, serve as a centralized communications network between the different groups and preserve the martial arts as a vital and distinctive component of Stanford life.


Aikido Website
Aikido originated in the centuries-old tradition of the Japanese martial arts and is a form of budo– a way of life that seeks to polish the self through a blend of rigorous physical training and spiritual discipline.

There is no attack in Aikido. Its uniqueness as a martial art lies in its awareness of a deep sense of harmony with all of creation with training to defend not only the self but to bring the attacker under control without the necessity of inflicting injury.

Stanford Capoeira Club

Stanford Capoeira Club Website
Capoeira is a breathtaking Afro-Brazilian art which combines practical martial arts, dance, acrobatics, music, history and philosophy. Most theories point toward adapted movements from traditional Angola dance which evolved into techniques of self-defense.


Eskrima Website
We are a student group at Stanford University dedicated to the study of the Filipino martial art of Eskrima. Eskrima focuses on practical self-defense from a unique weapons-oriented perspective. Unlike most martial arts, Eskrima teaches students empty hand and weapon techniques concurrently. Here at Stanford, we study the Inayan System of Eskrima under the instruction of Suro Jason Inay.

Stanford Grappling Club

Grappling Website
The Stanford Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling club is a safe and friendly place to train submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques. If you’re interested strengthening your game, learning to defend yourself, or just a fun way to get a good workout in, we’d love to have you.

JKA Shotokan Karate

JKA Shotokan Karate Website
Shotokan Karate is a weaponless martial art developed in Okinawa and Japan, emphasizing power and efficiency in combat. Skilled karateka defeat their opponents with minimal number of techniques and effort, which is particularly useful when facing multiple opponents. Shotokan is distinguished from other martial arts by the linearity and strength of its punches, blocks, and kicks. Precise techniques, accompanied by mastery and focus of energy flows and a deep knowledge of the body’s vital points, make this karate style a comprehensive system for self-defense and combat.

The JKA Shotokan club is led by Sensei Kenichi Haramoto, a sixth degree black belt and certified instructor of the Japan Karate Association. He started teaching Karate at Stanford in 1970. Please see the club’s web page for details.


Judo Website
The Stanford Judo Club was founded in the Fall of 1980 and has since evolved into a nationally competitive collegiate Judo team. We practice Judo for recreation, exercise and self-defense, but our main thrust is competition. We compete as individuals in tournaments and as a team in tournaments and intercollegiate meets.

Jujitsu Self Defense

Jujitsu Website
The Stanford Self-Defense Class teaches practical methods of self-defense drawn from all the martial arts. This coed course is available to beginners every quarter. Advanced training also is available year-round through senior black belt level, and is offered to improve and widen each student’s skills.

Stanford Kendo Club

Stanford Kendo Club Website
Kendo is a Japanese form of fencing with two-handed bamboo swords, originally developed as a safe form of sword training for samurai. The Stanford Kendo Club, under the coaching of George Ogawa Sensei, gathers a group of both beginner and experienced kendo-ka to further their skills in kendo with a mission to grow the community for Kendo at Stanford and beyond.

Stanford Kenpo Karate Association (SKKA)

SKKA Website
The Stanford Kenpo Karate Association teaches vital self-defense techniques, designed to maximize effectiveness regardless of size or strength. Beginning students will learn tools for responding to a modern street-fight situation, including single- or multiple-attackers, with or without weapons, under a variety of circumstances. Kenpo students learn multiple-strike defenses, hand strikes, kicks, joint locks, evasions, pressure points, sweeps, throws and even falls and rolls.

Kickboxing (Muay Thai)

Muay Thai Website
Muay Thai or Thai Kickboxing is a martial art developed in Thailand about 500 years ago to defend the country against invaders. Muay Thai combines Western-style boxing with kicking, and includes the use of elbows and knees.

Though traditionally Muay Thai is designed to be fatal to the opponent, in our class we focus on self-defense and counter attack. Usually light sparring is practiced with minimal use of elbows. During class, students will wear boxing gloves, shin guards, and mouth protectors. In order to excel in Muay Thai, one will need to develop flexibility, strength, endurance, concentration, and reflexes. One will learn to adapt the techniques according to their strengths and weaknesses on their own pace.


Taekwondo Website
The Stanford University Taekwondo Program trains undergraduates, graduates, and community members in the modern martial art and sport of Taekwondo.

Classes focus on basic and advanced footwork, kicking and striking technique, competitive theory, individual and partner drills as well as both recreational and competitive sparring. Stanford Taekwondo also fields a team that competes in tournaments nationwide.

In addition to providing a rigorous workout to both newcomers and advanced students, the club fosters a fun and friendly atmosphere among its members, organizing various social events outside of regular workouts.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Wing Chun Kung Fu Website
Wing Chun Kung Fu’s roots can be traced from the Southern Shaolin Temple in China to the late Grand Master Yip Man. It is one of the few martial arts that attributes its origins to a woman. Although popularized as Bruce Lee’s “mother art”, the practice of Wing Chun remains substantially different from his Jeet Kune Do. Taught as a predominantly internally-oriented style stressing technique, sensitivity, and subtle awareness instead of brute force, Wing Chun provides practical self-defense for men and women and a means for developing the mind and spirit.


Wushu Website
Modern Wushu is a martial art which combines a foundation in the traditional Chinese fighting arts with a modern disposition towards aesthetics, grace, and performance. It emphasizes a combination of strength, speed, and flexibility rarely seen in other martial arts or sports. Both a martial art and a performance art, Wushu is the national sport of China, and is practiced throughout the world.


SMAP Director, Tim Ghormley, or (650) 725-0729