Southern School of Martial Arts and Rivers Edge Bujinkan Dojo

In person dojo classes and online classes will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00pm to 7:00pm through the end of August. Specialized Private Classes now available. Please click on the link below for more information. 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. I will continue the online classes by sharing our dojo classes through Zoom in addition to the in person classes for those who aren't comfortable returning to the dojo. The Zoom classes will be same days and times as the in person classes. They will be live broadcasts from the dojo. Please download the Zoom app and create a login and then clink the link below. 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

Attention online students, There may be a brief delay in admitting you to the online class due to on site students coming in last minute, Please be patient and you will be admitted as quick as we can admit you. If you haven't been admitted you can text me at 919-753-7964 and you will be admitted. Thank you for continuing to train during this pandemic.

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


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 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.