our mission

In the practice of any martial art (as well as many other skills) there comes a point where the practitioner transcends the art and develops their own unique method and individual expression of the art.  Although there are elements of this quality right from the beginning, in that no two people are alike and therefore will process information differently, this quality or approach to practice gains greater significance as the decades unfold.  In time, the practitioner's endeavor becomes principle based, uniquely woven into their personality and less restrained by the mechanics of technique.  What are some of the qualities that guide the transition of a more fully integrated and evolved practice?  How is it that a martial artist can truly become an "artist" in the construction of their own authentic and unique journey?  SMK strives to deconstruct the boundaries that separate disciplines in order to draw parallel understandings and cross-cultural communication to facilitate this transcendent experience.  In the end, we have one life (possibly), how is it that we can live it fully and bring to fruition the full potential of our being?  This is the quintessential quality of the seekers journey, this is the "way".


It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,

what is essential is invisible to the eye.

-Antoine st Exupery
— John Smith, Nature Conservancy Magazine

What We've Achieved

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