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The Martial Way

Many of us are looking for a better way – to maximize our potential, improve our physical fitness, our mental and emotional strength.  Many of us would also like to have the self-confidence and the ability to protect ourselves and our families as peaceful people in a sometimes threatening world.Take this martial arts thing for a free test drive!  Visit us, meet our instructors, tour our facilities, and even take an introductory class!


There are many benefits in joining

The Martial Way

You will learn and enjoy:

500 years combined teaching experience
17 Active Black Belts
40 Over years teaching self defense

Brief History

The South Jersey Aikido Academy (SJAA) was founded in 1998 by Sam Carney.  Sam trained for over 20 years under Robert Danza in the School of Unarmed Self Defense in Collingswood, NJ.  Robert earned his black belt under Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.  Morihei is the best-known student of Sokaku Takeda who was the headmaster of Daito-ryu Aikijutsu and who made it widely revered in the early 20th century. David Maturo joined SJAA in 1999 and partnered with Sam to transform the dojo to the Martial Way in 2019.

With the Martial Way, you will learn practical self-defense using the principles of Aikido as the foundation and incorporating the real-world application of Aikijutsu – in a fun, friendly and effective way to help you become more confident and self-assured.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that uses a person’s weight, energy and momentum – along with takedowns, joint locks and pins – to neutralize the attack, and disarm and control the attacker.

Aikijutsu is also a Japanese martial art and part of the family of jujutsu.  It is a close combat self-defense system and includes strikes, throws, holds, and paralyzing counter attacks against an enemy.

Both of these martial arts use few or no weapons at all and employ defensive or counter-offensive measures to neutralize or subdue one or more opponents.  In comparison with jujutsu, Aikido and Aikijutsu focus more heavily on blending with the opponent and using moving joint-locks and takedowns.  Like many Aikido and Aikijutsu schools, The Martial Way also includes traditional weapons training, primarily focused on the Tanto (knife), Jo Staff and Bokken (wooden sword).

The Martial Way blends Aikido and Aikijutsu based on what is effective and works on the street.  In this way, we are a unique studio which blends martial arts tradition with the practical realities of modern close combat and self-defense.

The Martial Way – brings the best of both worlds.  The flow of Aikido and crash of Aikijutsu.

Aikido (Flow)

  • Balance, defense
  • Flanking, circular, yielding
  • Taking what is given
  • Body movement power
  • Welfare of the opponent
  • Life and spirit development

Aikijutsu (Crash)

  • Power, counter offensive
  • Direct, linear, entering
  • Taking the opportunity
  • Technique, application power
  • Self-defense, martial victory
  • Physical and mental development


  • Blending and connection with the attacker and the attack
  • Use of techniques, holds, atemi and strikes, throws and takedowns

 Flow and Crash – it is The Martial Way

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”  Bruce Lee


Contact Information

61, West Kings Highway, Northmont, Mount Ephraim, Camden County, New Jersey, 08059, United States
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