“To be a pacifist is to be a man of peace. To truly be one you must first be able to defend yourself. Then you have a choice you can make: To fight or not to fight. If you cannot defend yourself, you do not have that choice to make. You are merely helpless.”

 The Northern Crane Martial Arts Association has been specializing since 1986 in teaching non-competitive, authentic, pragmatic, down to earth survival skills that have been handed down for centuries from teacher to student and that can be utilized by anyone at any time, in any self defense situation. We teach these skills in an intellectually stimulating, pleasant and friendly environment.

This Association has been continuously active in York County Maine, more specifically in the Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Sanford area. The Northern Crane Martial Arts Association is not a business, it is an association established by and for martial arts practitioners united for the purpose of exploring, researching and training in the old ways of combat, a martial path of enlightenment espoused by the ancient sages of both the Oriental and Western Civilizations. 

This website is this association's only presentation to the general public. We do not advertise, or pay for any artificial website search enhancements, preferring to keep a very low profile because we are primarily interested only in those applicants that are sincerely motivated and intellectually curious enough in their search for an authentic education in the martial arts to have arrived here at this website. We are simply not interested in training young children or applicants who are not motivated enough to do the research necessary to find us. 

The curriculum of this association predates the advent of sport martial arts.  This means that we acknowledge that ignorance of  any combat skill, whether it be weapons (ancient or modern), striking, kicking, grappling or ground-fighting could result in serious injury or death  in any deadly encounter. Indeed any rules whatsoever would hamper the possibility of survival since a criminal or insane adversary intent on harming or killing would not have any consideration for any themselves.  Any sport curriculum of any kind whether it be boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, mixed martial arts or any other mixture thereof can provide great cardiovascular health benefit and superior fighting skills, but they should never be confused with real survival fighting skills. Only authentic pre-sport curriculums can provide all those skills while concentrating on the most important one - survival.

The curriculum of the Northern Crane Martial Arts Association is primarily comprised of two Oriental Martial Arts: 

1. Okinawan Matsumura Seito Shorinryu Hakutsuru Karatejutsu & Kobujutsu  

2. Yang T'ai Chi Ch'uan & Jian 

We also use elements of Kodenkan Danzanryu Jujitsu, Modern Arnis & Escrima, Boxing, Yamane Ryu Kobujutsu & Kenjutsu.

Northern Crane does not accept applicants under the age of 12. The curriculum of this association is not suitable for participants younger than adolescence. 


Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. said on Monday (1/28/2013) in a radio ad in which he urges residents to take a safety course in handling firearms*** because “calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”

Clarke doubled down on CNN’s “Starting Point,” saying that there are certain instances where calling the police would be of no use.

"There are certain situations — and I think most people get that — where 911 is going to be of no use. For instance, once the wolf is at the door, once the intruder is inside your home, once you’re on the street and someone sticks a gun in your face to take your car or your wallet, you don’t have the option of calling 911,” Clarke said.

He continued: “In those situations, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself. It’s a public safety message, and I’m just here to let the people know, give them the information as to what’s going on, and to give them options, if you will, as to how to defend themselves in those situations.”

In the ad released earlier this month, Clarke says: “I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”

He continues: “You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”

***But what if that firearm is not readily available? How fast can one pull it out and bring it into firing position? Empty hand self defense skills would be crucial in buying the time necessary to utilize whatever weapon is available for use. A firearm would certainly be preferable but any weapon that is readily available and handy is the best weapon. You should always keep in mind that when life balances on the next few seconds, the police is still minutes away.

Police officers from North Carolina to New York have stated the unfortunate truth about the time it takes to respond to calls for help and what citizens can do until officers arrive.

Among the comments:

  • “We try. We can’t always get there.” – North Carolina

  • “Sometimes we can’t be anywhere at all because everybody’s tied up.” – North Carolina

  • “Lock yourself in a bedroom, start yelling and screaming.” – Jersey City, N.J.

  • “Some people have dogs.”– Yonkers, N.Y.

  • “Go get some bleach. Go get ammonia.” – East Orange, N.J.

  • “A rifle and shotgun is actually for luxury.” – Kew Gardens, N.Y.

  • “It’s 2013. It’s the United States of America. You lock your doors and you hope nothing happens.” – New York


    In June of 2005 the United States Supreme Court ruled that police do not have any duty to protect individuals from criminal acts. This ruling stemmed from a legal case brought by a woman to the courts regarding a complaint to police in Colorado that her estranged husband had kidnapped their children. The woman stated that because the police failed to act, the man was not apprehended before he killed all three children. The court’s ruling indicates that police only have a duty to enforce laws but not protect individuals.

    Check out our Assault Report for actual incidences of recent criminal assaults that have been reported to the media.




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