Southern School of Martial Arts and Rivers Edge Bujinkan Dojo

The dojo will be closed September 21st through 24th. We'll have special classes on Tuesday September 15th and 29th to make up for that week. The Leadership and Black Belt Club Programs will resume October 1st. Our regular class schedule will also resume October 1st. Our schedule will still be reduced for the month of September the children's class is 6:00pm to 7:00pm and the teen and adult class 7:00pm to 8:00pm. We'll disinfect the dojo during the last 5 minutes of class to get ready for the next class. If you're coming to the 7:00pm class please wait at the door until we give the all clear. Please use social distancing when at the door. Please wait before entering the dojo so we can check temps. Students training inside the dojo must follow the Covid 19 guidelines. Please click the events and class calendar from the classes and class times drop down menu for all class times. You may also clink on the home link for a drop down menu for our You Tube channel and Facebook page to view various training videos. Thank you, Soke Murdock

The online classes have been cancelled due to no attendance for nearly three weeks. If we need to have them again I will reschedule them later.

At Southern School of Martial Arts we teach practical and “Real World Martial Arts and Self Defense”. Our students learn from a high ranking 10th degree black belt Grandmaster with many years of experience. The Grandmaster is also the Soke, head of the system and instructs all the classes. This means you’re getting the Grandmaster and the top instructor of the art teaching you. Our program is exclusive and far above the average martial arts school in the area. To compare our school with other schools in the area is like comparing apples to beans. Southern School of Martial Arts is nearing it’s 24th year in business in Johnston County, NC. At Southern School of Martial Arts you get the best of the best!

We train the mind in addition to the physical training. It’s important to learn values and morals to go along with the physical aspects of the training. To schedule a free week trial please call 919-753-7964


We're currently going above and beyond the CDC Covid 19 guidelines for the safety of our students. We're using some props to simulate punching arms so our students can practice defenses while maintaining social distancing. Our children's martial arts students learn effective martial arts and self defense. They gain self confidence, self esteem, self control and self disciple while being respectful and kind. They continually learn valuable life lessons and goal setting while they develop good character and morals. In the picture Grandmaster Mark Murdock, the system founder Professor John H. Casarez, our Basic Program students and our Leadership students.

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Adult & Teens

We're currently going above and beyond the CDC Covid 19 guidelines for the safety of our students. We're using some props to simulate punching arms so our students can practice defenses while maintaining social distancing. We offer a very effective self defense and martial art program. It's a modernized classic Ju-Jitsu style with a blend of Ninjutsu, Aikido, Judo, Karate, JKD, Krav Maga, Eskrima and Kali. We also offer a traditional Bujinkan Ninjutsu class. Our adult class is a fun and exciting way to get some exercise. It's a lot more entertaining than going to an ordinary gym and spending all your evenings on a treadmill or a weight machine. Our students get personalized one on one training from a highly skilled instructor. With us you learn a skill that will stay with you for a lifetime and someday could save your life. Several of these techniques require only minimal strength to perform and they will still work when you're older or out of shape. Why not take a couple evenings away from the gym and learn something interesting.

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White belt is the first step!

Tired of sitting on the couch and being a couch potato. Want to get in shape while having a lot of fun and learning a special skill that could some day save your life? Want to meet new people and develop new friendships and relationships? Do you want something better than a boring old workout at the gym? Why not stop by and give it a try. You'll be surprised how much fun you can have.

Now Accepting White Belts!

The Instructor program now accepting participants.

The Instructor Program now accepting students. You must be at least brown belt to be eligible for this program.Grandmaster Murdock

You could make a lifetime of teaching our martial art style.

System founder, Professor John H. Casarez teaching his last seminar in NC. at Southern School of Martial Arts, ending his 70 year career in martial arts.