Southern School of Martial Arts and Rivers Edge Bujinkan Dojo

Now Accepting New Students In All Programs!

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Advanced Martial Arts Seminar and Casarez Manabi-Masho Ju-Jitsu Federation 1st Annual Seminars and Student Awards Banquet November 3rd, 4th and 5th. This seminar event is open to all martial artists from any other system or dojo. Add to your own personal martial arts arsenal with effective, real and practical techniques that can work with any martial art style. Please click the link below for more information and the seminar schedule.

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1996 to 2023, Celebrating 27 years in business.

Our Dojo's 26 Year History
Little Ninja

Preschool ages 3 to 5. This is a fun class for young children. It builds their hand and eye coordination, develops more precise motor skills and balance. It also prepares them for the Kobushi-Do class ages 6 to 12. They learn basic punches, kicks and grab escapes while gaining self confidence and the ability to train and get along with others their age.

Little Ninja, Preschool ages 3 to 5
Kobushi-Do Class

He have a great school age children's class called Kobushi-Do. It is a very effective Martial Arts and Self Defense program. We are currently accepting students into this program.

Children's Kobushi-Do ages 6 to 12
Soke Murdock is a Certified Level 5 Police Tacticts Instructor

On September 14, 2023 Soke Murdock received his Level 5 Police Tactics Instructor Certification under GM Danny Lane. Danny Lane is Chuck Norris's top instructor and best friend. If you are a Police, Highway Patrol or a Sheriff's officier you could supplement your BLET with our program. Call us to get started.

Soke Mark Murdock will be featured in the 2023 Who's Who in the Martial Arts Cynthia Rothrock Tribute Biography Book

Soke Mark Murdock will be featured in the upcoming 2023 Who's Who in the Martial Arts Cynthia Rothrock Biography Book and recognized by the American Martial Arts Alliance Foundation. "It is an honor to be included in this book among the top Martial Artists in the world", Soke Murdock.

Soke Murdock is a member of the American Martial Arts Alliance Foundation

In September of 2023 Soke Murdock was inducted into the American Martial Arts Alliance Foundation.

Soke Murdock Receives the Golden Life Acheivement Award from The Prestigious World Head of Family Sokeship Council

Soke Murdock received the Golden Life Acheivement award for over 40 years in the martial arts from the World Head of Family Sokeship Council on May 26, 2023.

We are BBB accredited with an A+ rating.

At Southern School of Martial Arts we teach practical and “Real World Martial Arts and Self Defense”. Our students learn from a high ranking Grandmaster, 10th degree black belt with many years of experience. The Grandmaster is also the “Soke” which means the head of the system. This means you get the Grandmaster, head of the system and the top instructor of the art teaching you all the material. At Southern School of Martial Arts you get the best of the best! On May 16, 2023 Southern School of Martial Arts will celebrate it’s 27th year in business in Johnston County, NC.

Soke Murdock is now accepting private students and small groups for private training. Please call for availability and the hourly cost.

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 visit the link or 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.

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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!

Now accepting students for the Leadership Program

The Leadership Program allows for unlimited training in all classes, free belt testing, higher level training with more advanced techniques and Leadership material that starts the student off toward being an instructor.

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

System founder, Professor John H. Casarez teaching the last seminar in his career in October 2019 at Southern School of Martial Arts, ending his 70 year career in martial arts.