El Cajon & La Mesa's Premier Kajukenbo Martial Arts School

Find out why so many people in El Cajon & La Mesa turn to James Martial Arts Academy for their martial arts and karate training in Kosho-Ryu and Kajukenbo. You can choose to train online or in person. Parents just like you have discovered how to maximize their child's potential and accelerate their development! Request more information or get started today with our Exclusive Online Only Offer!

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Preschool Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

The perfect blend of building gross motor skills and having TONS of fun! Our Kajukenbo preschool karate program in El Cajon This gives your little one the tools they need to prepare for school and life.


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Kids Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Our kids' Kajukenbo martial arts program in El Cajon gives your child the tools they need to protect themselves with self-defense not only equips them with incredible life skills like focus, discipline, respect, and more! Watch them improve in school, too!

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Teen Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

The ultimate tech alternative that gets teens active and engaged—and helps them feel confident, too. Help your teen make friends and get off their screens with our Kajukenbo teen martial arts classes in El Cajon!

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Adult Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Great friends, great fun—crush your fitness goals with our adult martial arts classes in El Cajon. Learn the Kajukenbo Self-defense skills and martial arts together while having a ton of fun. No more boring workouts!

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Women's Self Defense
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Transform your entire body into a Kajukenbo self-defense machine while learning a skill set that could save your life.

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Fitness Kickboxing
in El Cajon & La Mesa

It's time to revolutionize your Sweatty Glove kajukenbo workout! Get ready to burn up to 1,000 calories in as little as 60 minutes!

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why CHOOSE James Martial Arts Academy?

Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people in our community one person at a time through martial arts/karate, education, and teaching traditional Japanese katas and techniques of Kosho-Ryu and the Hawaiian Kenpo martial arts style of Kajukenbo. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members in El Cajon. Our school takes pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that Kajukenbo karate can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or experience level. Throughout all of our Kajukenbo and Kosho-Ryu programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect and bully-proof themselves if it’s in the academy via our martial arts distance learning program, but we also stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life.

Our Kajukenbo students develop stronger character while learning to appreciate their victories and overcome martial arts challenges.

Lastly, Sigung Darryl James, a Six Degree Black Belt, a former US Karate Team member, and a USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee, is a certified instructor in both the Mitose family’s style of Kosho-Ryu and Adriano Emperado Kajukenbo and all instructors and trained by me :}

"I just cannot state enough wonderful things about Sifu Darryl. Not only is Sifu a fantastic Kajukenbo instructor, he is an amazing role model for our kids! "

"He is so great with kids, stern but patient. He's extremely gentle and fun loving! Would strongly recommend this style Kosho-Ryu & Kajukenbo academy to any prospective student! "

"I highly recommend the James Martial Arts Academy. The best dojo for the best martial arts!"

"Sifu Darryl is one outstanding Kajukenbo and Kosho-Ryu instructor! I would highly recommend!"

"I'm so glad I found this dojo and Sifu DJ. I feel great after every class! The Kajukenbo/Kosho-Ryu adult classes are awesome!"

About our Kajukenbo & Kosho-Ryu martial arts classes:

Preschool Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Discover why parents love our Preschool Kajukenbo Martial Arts Program for 4-5 year-olds in El Cajon. It's the perfect blend of gross motor skills, personal development, and character enrichment, and it gives your little one an edge when they enter a busy school setting.

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Kids Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Our Kajukenbo parents LOVE our El Cajon Kids Martial Arts and bully-proff programs because they teach not only self defense, but also vital life skills like focus, discipline, respect, and more! Watch your child's confidence flourish and their grades improve with this awesome Child Greatness program.

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Teen Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Combining confidence-raising fitness and life-changing self-defense training classes for teenagers. Our Kajukenbo program keeps your teen's wellness and happiness in mind. It's time to get your teenager active, making new friends and bettering themselves.

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Adult Martial Arts
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Our El Cajon Kajukenbo Adult Martial Arts program combines next-level fitness with next-level FUN! No more boring workouts! It's time to switch up your routine and get the results you've been looking for in an awesome community of like-minded people.

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Women's Self Defense
in El Cajon & La Mesa

Protect yourself and learn real-world self defense skills with El Cajon Kajukenbo & Kosho-Ryu classes! Discover the best female martial artists classes


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Fitness Kickboxing
in El Cajon & La Mesa

It's time to shake things up and change your work out. No other fitness program in El Cajon can generate the results that our Fitness Kickboxing Classes can. Are you ready to for a change?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers about our Kajukenbo & Kosho-Ryu Martial Arts Classes

We find that our students become more confident to stand up to bullies and have more humility and kindness to others through their martial arts lessons.

We encourage parents to watch their children in their kids martial arts lessons.  We love parents getting involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our martial arts classes for adults.   You’re kids will love that you have something in common.  It will build a strong family bond!

Additionally, if you wanted some ‘me-time’?  Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

No, not at all!  We find that people start at varying fitness levels. But, you will find that you do get fit by practicing/doing our El Cajon martial arts classes.  Isn’t that the point though? A fun workout that gets results!

Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one.  Everyone can progress at a different pace.  There is no judgement on students for how long it does take.  What we can tell you, is that it is SO WORTHWHILE! 

The self defense skills you will master can truly be life-saving!
However, the other benefits of striving for Black Belt, like perseverance, never giving up, commitment and self discipline lead to life-long success.

You will find that your instructors at James Martial Arts Academy El Cajon are dedicated to helping you on your journey to Black Belt or whatever your personal goal may be.

We do only have a certain amount of space in our martial arts training area.  To take advantage of our limited time offer…. The fastest way is to fill in the form. 

Additionally, you can always call us, we would love to chat with you about what we do, and if our El Cajon martial arts classes would be a great fit for you and your family!

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes you can do sport in!  Not really suitable to practice kicks in a skirt.😳

Be sure to bring a water bottle to your martial arts classes.  You will find James Martial Arts Academy in El Cajon have martial arts classes for kids and adults that are a great workout and lots of fun!  Most students are grinning from ear to ear by the end of the class.  I am sure you will be too!

Not at all.  In fact, many students starting in our adult martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our very experienced martial arts instructors, are trained to keep their teaching simple.  So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills!  Come see for yourself!

Kajukenbo’s reputation for being brutally efficient was established in the U.S. Territory of Hawaii decades ago. It’s unique use of five martial arts and no-nonsense approaches to self-defense has earned it a strong reputation as a highly effective self-defense system. The James Martial Arts Academy teaches only age-approriate techniques.

How long does it take for a black belt to be awarded? Depending on the student’s experience and prior training, it can take anywhere from 4 to 6 years. There are multiple levels to the CQB system of the Kajukenbo Self  Defense System. They are all learned over approximately 800 hours of training.

The Palama Settlement was established in the late 1940s as a community center in Oahu’s violent Oahu area. There were often fistfights and stabbings. The founders of Kajukenbo hoped to create street-friendly art from this environment.

Although some studios offer classes for children as young as theree-year-olds, it is best to start martial arts around age four-six. Martial arts can be beneficial for children as young as three and four years old, teaching coordination and discipline.

Benefits for adults. Karate lessons are open to all ages. There is no age limit and very few physical restrictions. Karate lessons can help you overcome any perceived limitation that your age or physical condition may impose.

Martial arts are not dependent on your age. It is a matter of whether you have the desire, determination, and will to learn. It’s not difficult to learn martial arts once you are older than 21 years. You will need to work on the flexibility required to do some of the techniques. It is possible to achieve it with hard work.

Self-defense classes are well worth the effort. They teach you how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and how to defend yourself if you are attacked.

We encourage parents to watch their children in their kids martial arts lessons.  We love parents getting involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our martial arts classes for adults.   Your kids will love that you have something in common.  It will build a strong family bond!

Additionally, if you wanted some ‘me-time’?  Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

We do only have a certain amount of space in our martial arts training area.  To take advantage of our limited time offer…. The fastest way is to fill in form. 

Additionally, you can always call us 833-894-0191, we would love to chat with you about what we do, and if our martial arts classes would be a great fit for you and your family!

A specific part of our preschool and kids’ martial arts classes at the James Martial Arts Academy teaches respect and when to use their new self-defense training, and when NOT to use it. We find that our students become more confident in standing up to bullies. And they develop more humility and kindness towards others through their martial arts lessons.

Kajukenbo’s reputation for being brutally efficient was established in the U.S. Territory of Hawaii decades ago. It’s unique use of five martial arts and no-nonsense approaches to self-defense has earned it a strong reputation as a highly effective self-defense system. The James Martial Arts Academy teaches only age-approriate techniques.

Although some studios offer classes for children as young as three-year-olds, it is best to start martial arts around the age of five-six. Martial arts can be beneficial for children as young as three and four years old, teaching coordination and discipline.

Karate lessons are open to all ages. There is no age limit and very few physical restrictions. Karate lessons can help you overcome any perceived limitations that may be imposed by your age or physical condition.

Martial arts lessons are open to all ages. There is no age limit and very few physical restrictions. Martial arts lessons can help you overcome any percieved limitations that your age or physical condition may impose.

Martial arts for older adults is not a problem. At 40+, you should be able to do most types of martial arts, barring any injuries or disabilities. As long as you start at a pace that suits your needs and then work up from there, it’s okay.

It’s a great age to start learning martial arts. You are old enough for concentration and hard work but young enough that you can still learn all the physical skills while you grow. The world’s champions will be those who started later.

Yes! You absolutely should! Karate can be learned by anyone at any age. Children younger than 5 years old may find it difficult to learn karate due to their limited attention span. However, there are some children who can manage a class for children as young as 14.

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes you can exercise in! Not suitable to practice kicks in a skirt.😳
Be sure to bring a water bottle to your martial arts classes.
The James Martial Arts Academy Kajukenbo classes for kids and adults will provide a great workout and lots of fun!

Most students are grinning from ear to ear by the end of the class. I am sure you will be too!

Yes, our instructors are very experienced in this new way of learning. Students in El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee), and around the country LOVE our virtual and online classes as they can keep focused without the distractions of other students, and recordings can be paused and rewound for additional clarification on techniques.

Not at all. Many students starting in our adult martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started. So you will fit right in!
Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you have improved! You’ll find that our very experienced martial arts. Instructors are trained to keep their teaching simple. So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills! Come see for yourself!

James Martial Arts Academy

El Cajon

Our Kajukenbo training center is conveniently located at 2356 Fletcher Parkway, stop by and say hello!

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