Upcoming Events

2024 Northern Regional Shiai & seminar

The American Jujitsu Association (AJA) is pleased to announce that the 2024 Northern Regional Shiai & Seminar will be hosted again by Nintai Dojo in North East, MD, on June 8th.

Where: VFW Post 6027 is located at 815 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD, 21901

When: June 8th from 8am – 6pm 

Cost: $50 for AJA adult members, $40 for 17 and under, $65 for non-members 

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By check:

American Jujitsu Association 

P.O. Box 73 

Phoenix, MD 21131-0073 

-Cash is accepted and AJA membership will be checked at the door. 

-Parking is free and widely available. 

-Lunch will be provided at no extra cost. 

Directions: VFW Post 6027 runs along MD-272, which connects to Pulaski Highway, further North 272 hits I-95. If crossing from Harford to Cecil (the county the VFW resides in) on I-95, you will be scanned by a toll road hit. If you are looking for an alternative, there are many backroad options available to avoid this toll. 

2023 Northern Regional Shiai

The American Jujitsu Association (AJA) is a prestigious organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of Jujitsu across the United States. Renowned for its commitment to excellence and fostering a thriving Jujitsu community, the AJA organizes various events throughout the year to provide practitioners with opportunities for growth and competition.

One of the highly anticipated events on the AJA’s calendar is the Shiai tournament. In 2023, the association is proud to host the Shiai tournament, a thrilling showcase of skill, strategy, and sportsmanship. Drawing participants from different Jujitsu schools and academies nationwide, this tournament promises to be an exciting display of the art’s diverse techniques and techniques.

What is a Shiai?

As the name suggests, the word “Shiai ” itself translates to “match,” “game,” “fight,” or “competition” in Japanese. This tournament reflects the essence of Jujitsu as a competitive martial art, where practitioners pit their skills against one another in a controlled and respectful environment. The Shiai tournament serves as a platform for seasoned practitioners and emerging talents to test their abilities, challenge their limits, and celebrate the rich heritage of Jujitsu.

Competitors can expect a well-structured event, adhering to established rules and weight divisions, ensuring fair and engaging matchups. Judges and referees, recognized for their expertise in Jujitsu, will oversee the matches, ensuring the highest standards of safety and fairness throughout the tournament.

Beyond the thrill of competition, the Shiai tournament fosters a sense of camaraderie and community among participants. It brings together Jujitsu enthusiasts from various backgrounds, enabling them to forge new friendships, exchange knowledge and experiences, and grow together as practitioners.

With its focus on skill development, technique refinement, and the pursuit of excellence, the Shiai tournament is a pinnacle event in the Jujitsu community. Whether as a competitor, spectator, or supporter, this tournament offers an unforgettable experience, embodying the dedication, discipline, and passion that define the art of Jujitsu.

Past Shiai Tournaments

Videos of the Ju-Jitsu Waza competition at the Northern Regional Tournament on 6/10/23 have been posted on the AJA YouTube page. Special thanks to our Communication Director David Garcia (communications@aja-email.org) for videography and editing! There is also a playlist for all of the Northern Regional Shiai videos dating back to 2007 at the Daitobukan Dojo YouTube Channel