Welcome To James Martial Arts Academy

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San Diego’s Premier Martial Arts Training Classes for Kids & Adults

 

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Our school’s goal is to help each student develop and reach

their full potential.

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About Us

The James Martial Arts Academy is the premier training center in El Cajon and the greater San Diego County area. Unfortunately, our world today is not always safe, so we are helping people of all ages improve their lives by studying traditional Japanese and Hawaiian martial arts. If you’re a parent looking for a program that will help your child with discipline and focus, we have you covered. Are you looking for a self-defense program? We have you covered. We teach Kosho-Ryu Kenpo-Jujutsu, Kajukenbo KA for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujutsu, KEN for Kenpo, and BO for Boxing, known as – the first MMA created in the ’40s. All ages will learn to defend themselves on their feet (striking techniques), on the ground, and against weapons.

Whether you’re a beginner only interested in learning self-defense or an experienced martial artist looking to push your skills to the next level, we will help you achieve your most goals. Regardless of your level of physical fitness, we will push you to get better in our safe and friendly training environment!

Our Programs

We offer our Japanese & Hawaiian martial arts classes in-person or online (via Zoom)

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OUR ONLINE MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING

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PRE-SCHOOL MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM

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KIDS MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING PROGRAM

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ADULT ONLY MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES

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HOMESCHOOL MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM

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OUR TEEN MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING

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OUR WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE PROGRAM

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OUR KUNG-FU PROGRAM

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OUR FUNCTIONAL FITNESS PROGRAM

JAMES Martial Arts ACADEMY

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW MARTIAL ARTS FAMILY

We understand the search for a martial arts training program and classes for kids or adults in San Diego can be challenging. But with our training academy, you can rest assured that you have found your next martial training academy. Our classes can help you reach the next level regardless of your experience, age with our experienced trainers, and proven techniques and gear. We guarantee if you partner with us, we will help you reach your fitness goals with challenging classes.

Below are some benefits of our training style:
 
Head Instructor
Sigung Darryl James

I’m Sigung Darryl James owner and chief instructor, and I with my wife Cheryl, a practicing Child Psychotherapist and faculty member at San Diego State University and the proud owners of the James Martial Arts Academy. As a Kosho-Ryu and Kajukenbo style instructor with extensive experience training kids, there is nothing better than seeing them grow firsthand.

More importantly than the uniforms and self-defense skills, they learn as the personal skills they develop and carry for life. Because our discipline is so much more than just kicking and punching, and getting the next colorful belt, it’s about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus, and respect. With every class we teach, your kids are growing in mind, body, and character.

Our Martial Arts Team

Our team

Kosho-Ryu, Kajukenbo, Kung-Fu

George Bendak

Kosho-Ryu, Kajukenbo

Tom Robeson

Kosho-Ryu, Kajukenbo

Diego Jarrin

Testimonial

5/5

“Sifu Darryl is the ideal martial arts instructor. His demeanor is friendly, approachable, respectable and fun; while at the same time firm and accountable. Sifu’s ability to teach young kids to have fun while simultaneously challenging them to follow instructions and learn is simply outstanding. As an adult student, Sifu’s style incorporates many forms of martial arts which helps me incorporate my previous training. If you’re considering a martial arts studio in this area, then be sure to stop by and try his class for yourself. I’m confident you’ll enjoy your experience.”

-LANNY KIMSEY

Testimonial

5/5

“With so many disciplines in Martial Arts schools, it can be confusing for many people to pick an instructor or school to train. In the current climate of Mixed martial arts, many people may gravitate towards Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Grappling training for understandable reasons. Choosing an Instructor or school is often about personal preference. As someone who has witnessed the aftermath of crime and violence for 20+ years, I fell it is important to consider three things: 1) A highly competent/qualified Instructor/Coach; 2) A Reputable and sound training curriculum that addresses all ranges of combat and self defense to include: striking, grappling, weapons and multiple attackers; and 3) Physical conditioning during the class that conditions and strengthen the mind and body.”

-THOMAS WILKINS

WE ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER SAN DIEGO ACADEMY...

FAQ

MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Find one you love! All the arts at the JamesMartial Arts Academy are easy to start and great for fitness, confidence, and a winning attitude! Choose one that best fits your personality. If you like Samurai movies and want to swing a sword, iaido is your best choice. If you like competition and a great workout, you’ll probably prefer judo. Men and women who like to learn effective self-defense in a safe and systematic way usually choose Jujutsu. You are welcome to watch a class to help you decide! See our schedule of classes.

It depends on what the school offers. Martial arts schools in the US may charge anywhere between $84 – $445 per month, and each school should offer benefits that justify the price. We’ve compared legitimate martial arts programs around the country, and we found that a fair price for a month of training at the James Martial Arts Academy– taking into account the convenient classes, the expert instruction, the extraordinary facility, and the other benefits – is $159 per month, but for a limited time, you can sign up for $139 per month for Adult’s ($119 for kids). If you visit another school with a higher dues rate, ask what justifies the price. Check our Visit Us! page for specific information on how to sign up.

YES, if you take our jujutsu or judo classes. However, don’t be fooled by people who say that you can be prepared in just a few lessons. Real self-defense takes time to learn – you need awareness and tactics, and you have to get in reasonable shape. The good news is that martial arts training at James Martial Arts Academy will get you there safely and with many benefits in personality and character development. Our students get in great shape and learn to live positive, balanced lives.

The answer is…it depends! There are 10 levels of black belt in Japanese martial arts – the first one is called shodan. The minimum required time to get to shodan in 5 years, but most people take 5 – 6 years. It takes consistency, practice, and a commitment to understanding the principles of your martial art. Beware of schools that promise you a black belt in a set period…they are selling you a belt but not necessarily training you to be good at martial arts. It does take time.

But on the way, you’ll become fitter and more confident, you’ll make good friends, and you’ll learn a host of skills that will help you succeed in life! See our Instructors Page for a few of our most prominent black belts.

The answer is…it depends! There are 10 levels of black belt in Japanese martial arts – the first one is called shodan. The minimum required time to get to shodan in 5 years, but most people take 5 – 6 years. It takes consistency, practice, and a commitment to understanding the principles of your martial art. Beware of schools that promise you a black belt in a set period…they are selling you a belt but not necessarily training you to be good at martial arts. It does take time.

But on the way, you’ll become fitter and more confident, you’ll make good friends, and you’ll learn a host of skills that will help you succeed in life! See our Instructors Page for a few of our most prominent black belts.

What is Kosho-Ryu?

Kosho – Ryu Kenpo now sometimes called Kosho-Shorei Ryu Kenpo is one of the most thorough martial arts systems. Some teach under the name of Kosho-Shorei Ryu Kenpo, which teaches the psychological aspects of the art; others teach Kosho-Ryu Kenpo, which are the physical aspects.

Karate is a martial art that primarily involves punching, kicking, and blocking. The practice consists of kata (forms), Kihon (basic skills), randori (free practice), and Kumite (sparring). It is an excellent martial art for teaching balance, distancing, and timing, and is very useful for self-defense. At the Japanese Martial Arts Center, striking is taught in the jujutsu program. Although karate practitioners specialize in striking,

Jiu Jitsu practitioners use striking as an adjunct skill to their takedowns and joint locks. For more on Kosho-Ryu and Kajukenbo, see our adult Page. For more information on our Kids Karate program, see our Kids page.

Choose a martial art! Sign up and take 2 FREE intro lessons. Then sign up for a membership. You sign up for one year, but you can opt-out within the first 60 days for any reason. For more information on how to get started, contact us today at ask@jamesmartialartsacademy.com. Your life will never be the same!

Your intro lessons are FREE! For memberships, our dues are very reasonable when you consider the extraordinary credentials of our teaching staff and the quality of our facility. Stop in to watch a class and discuss specific rates for your training.

Our long-time members tell us that the confidence, calmness, and success skills they’ve learned while training is priceless! You can view our current fee schedule on our program page.

Our chief instructor, Darryl James, started martial arts training over 30 years ago, and has studied with some of the most famous martial arts masters. Sigung Darryl is a member of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

He holds a first-degree black belt in Kickboxing, 6 degree black belt in Kajukenbo, and 2 degrees in Kosho-Ryu. Also, he has trained and taught Krav Maga.

Our co-instructor, Ciani Palencia, has been training for the past 25-years. She holds the rank of Sigung (6-dree) in Kajukenbo and 3-degree in Kosho-Ryu. Sigung Ciani was a member to the US-Karate Team and I a multiple grand champion in forms and fighting.

It can mean many things, some obvious and some not so obvious. A few of the major aspects of a traditional dojo include a verifiable lineage in a recognized historical style, a respectful atmosphere, reasonable fees, and observance of basic formalities.

One reason many people seek out traditional martial arts is that they are more likely to teach dignity and mutual respect. Martial artists who want to become leaders recognize the importance of the quiet confidence that only traditional martial arts training can instill. For more on this topic, visit the James Martial Art Academy Blog.

Kajukenbo is a hybrid martial art from Hawaii. The name Kajukenbo is a portmanteau of the various arts from which its style is derived: KA for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujitsu, KEN for Kenpo and BO for Boxing (Kajukenbo). It’s known as the first MMA.

Jujutsu (also written jujitsu or jiu-jitsu) is a Japanese martial art that typically focuses on defense against attacks such as strikes, wrist grabs, chokes, bear hugs, and kicks. After avoiding the attack, the jujutsu practitioner applies a joint lock, strike, takedown, or throw.

The practice is systematic, starting with simple, safe techniques, and gradually getting more technical and advanced. However you spell it, jujitsu is useful for self-defense, great for cardio, and a terrific vehicle for personal development. At the James Martial Art Academy in San Diego, CA, we teach Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jujutsu, Kajukenbo, and Kung-Fu. Kosho-Ryu was brought to the United States by James Masayoshi Mitose in 1936.

Kajukenbo was It was developed in the late 1940s and founded in 1947 in the Palama Settlement of Oahu, Hawaii by Adriano Directo Emperado who studied Kosho-Ryu and received his black belt from James Mitose.

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WELCOME TO YOUR NEW MARTIAL ARTS FAMILY