Bushin Martial Arts Academy

of Richmond

Bushin Martial Arts Academy is a family owned and operated martial arts dojo (training hall) that offers instruction and courses in various forms of traditional self-defense arts and modern fighting systems.  At BMAA we feel that being a well-rounded martial artist cannot be accomplished by learning techniques alone, thus we incorporate the principles and values of traditional martial arts training into our curriculum as well. Aside from learning some of the most effective, street-proven self-defense techniques available today, our students are also trained to develop the mind, body, and spirit. 

Our goal is to maintain a welcoming, family-oriented training facility in which anyone who wishes to learn how to properly and safely defend themselves and their loved ones, learn a martial art, or just improve their overall health and well-being can do so in a safe and friendly environment. Whatever your goals are or what condition you are currently in, we are sure that we offer a program that can help fill your needs. We encourage you to stop by the dojo for a visit.  Osu!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) What type of training do you offer?
A) We offer curriculum in Gracie Bullyproof, Gracie Jiu-jitsu Combatives, GJJ Master Cycle, Shorin-Ken Karatedo and Women Empowered classes.  

Q) How long will it take for me to get my black belt?
A) We cannot and will not make any estimates or guarantee’s on timelines for promotions or rank for any student. Students will be regularly tested on their comprehension and execution of information and skills that have been taught to them. Promotions will be granted based on the proper demonstration, understanding, and mastery of these skills in addition to the proper demonstration of intangibles such as honor, loyalty, spirit, responsibility, and leadership. Everybody learns and moves at a different pace, therefore progression and advancement through our ranks will vary depending on the individual. It takes many years to adequately acquire and master the skills and techniques that will be taught to you, and putting a timeline on that would be counterproductive. To be blunt, if rank and belt color are your primary concerns, then we genuinely appreciate your interest, but this is probably not the right organization for you. 

Q) I would like to sign my children up for classes, what is the minimum age they need to be?
A) A child will need to be at least 5 years of age by the time they start their first class in order to join. However, there may be rare cases in which a child exhibits discipline, comprehension, and a state of mind well beyond their physical age. In these instances it is at the instructor’s sole discretion whether or not to accept the child as a student. Parents, please contact us to set up an interview if you feel that your child falls into this category and wishes to train. 

Q) Does your dojo compete in tournaments or competitions?
A) At Bushin Martial Arts Academy, our primary focus on teaching techniques and strategies that are street-applicable and punch-safe. Students will first learn how to properly and effectively defend themselves in real-life situations. This being said, students that demonstrate the proper technique mastery, focus, and desire to compete may be trained to do so should the instructors deem it appropriate. We do field teams for certain tournaments and competitions on occasion. 

Q) What type of contact can I expect if I join one of your programs? 
A) Various types and degrees of contact will be experienced throughout your training, dependent on your course of study, from very light contact to full contact. Students of all ages and experience levels will undergo certain types of training that will require them to experience various levels of contact. Our Karatedo program will experience some examples of these are knuckle push-ups, body hardening exercises, break falls, rolling and mat work, light kumite (sparring) with protective gear on, and full contact kumite with little or no protective gear on at all. Students will be learning a true, traditional form of martial art, and in order to properly learn and retain these skills, body contact does have to be made on occasion. In addition to learning various forms or self defense, students are taught to push their body, mind, and spirit beyond their physical limits, and bodily contact and conditioning are some of the tools used to accomplish this. 

Q) I have never participated in any type of martial arts program before and I am out of shape, can I still join?
A) Absolutely! We have students of all shapes, sizes, background, and experience levels at the academy. All of our instructors are trained to teach students according to their individual needs and requirements, and fitness/experience levels. Current experience level and condition is not important. What is important is that you are committed to doing what is necessary to make changes and improvements to your current condition and that you are open and to learning new disciplines, skills, and mindsets. 

Q) What type of equipment will I need?
A) For your first session, you will only need to wear comfortable exercise clothes (excluding from tank tops).  Students are not required to have any special or additional pieces of equipment during their first session.  If you have trained in a martial art before and still have your dogi (white dogi only), you are welcome to wear this, but please remove any patches or insignia that might already be on it before attending class. Please remove shoes, socks, and jewelry before entering the training floor (this includes any piercings, watches, bracelets, or necklaces). Participants are required to wear an approved Karate or Jiu-jitsu plan white dogi (uniform) when attending the Bullyproof, Jiu-jitsu and Karate classes. Jiu-Jitsu students are required to wear a black or dark blue color rashguard or dry-shirt underneath their dogi for hygiene and uniformity. During the 10 day trial session, comfortable gym clothing is acceptable.  As students progress in their training, they will also need to acquire additional pieces of equipment, including: protective equipment (pads, headgear, mouth guard, groin protector, etc.…), various weapons, belts, alternate dogi, etc. All of these items may be purchased through the dojo's Pro Store at reduced cost. Any gear that is acquired outside of the dojo must be approved by the head instructor before use in the academy.  *** Please note that all of these items are not required at one time. Instructors will make all efforts to notify students of the need for this equipment well ahead of time in order for students and parents to be able to properly prepare for the coming costs. There is also a significant amount of training equipment that is provided by the dojo on a need basis during training. This equipment is to be used during classes and returned to the dojo at the end of class and is of no additional cost to students. 

Q) Can I come by the dojo and try a class out to see if this is for me?
A) Yes, you are more than welcome to come by for a trial class. All participates are required to complete some minor paperwork before participating in any classes, so please be sure to come to the dojo at least 30 minutes prior to any class that you would like to attend. Entering the training area late or while a class is in session is highly disruptive, therefore visitors that show up late will be asked to come back at another time. It is also recommended that you contact an instructor before your visit. 

Q) I might be interested in joining the dojo, but I’d like some more information. Can I just come by to “check things out?”
A) Yes. Feel free to come by during any class session. When you enter the dojo, please quietly have a seat or remain standing if no instructors are available to speak with you right away. If you have questions or would like to speak with an instructor, please wait patiently and one will be with you before, between, or after classes. Please note that instructors will not always be available for questions while classes are in session.

*** Please silence your cell phone and refrain from creating excessive noise or conversation and sideline coaching while in the academy ***


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