Fate whispers to the Kosho-Ryu warrior, You can not withstand the storm.
The Kosho-Ryu warrior whispers back, I am the storm.

Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu Jitsu and Kajukenbo For All Ages And Backgrounds

Do not let fear or a lack of experience keep you from you from being as fit, strong, or reaching your goals. start your training with San Diego's best martial artists.

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What Makes Us Unique

My name is Darryl, and I with my wife Cheryl are the proud owners of the James Martial Arts Academy located in El Cajon, California. As a 6th Degree Black Belt and USA Hall of Fame inductee, I have more than 29 years of martial arts experience. Cheryl is a practicing Child Psychotherapist and faculty member at San Diego State University.

We combine our talents to provide a unique and rich learning environment for all students not found in San Diego. We are looking forward to having the honor of welcoming you into our martial arts family.

Sigung Darryl


Take advantage of the finest team of instructors around. Together, we have over 68 years of experience in Martial Arts – and Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu in particular. We’re thrilled to share what we know with you on a daily basis!


Our team believes strongly in the discipline, honor, and moral compass by Martial Arts. Besides the physical benefits that you’ll enjoy with our training, you’ll also dedicate yourself to a set of character traits that will serve you or your child for many years to come.


Our team is committed to making the El Cajon and La Mesa communities happier, healthier, and more confident. Through our Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu and Kajukenbo classes, we strive to do that on a daily basis, giving you the most well-rounded approach to fitness and self-defense possible.


We promise to support you on your journey no matter where your goals and aspirations lead you. We take pride in giving you a safe, clean, and supportive environment to train, where the only thing you have to worry about is getting better each day.



You won't find a better hobby for your child in Cuyahoga Falls than our Kids Martial Arts Classes At James Martial Arts Academy. Our students fall in love with the exciting exercises and lessons they learn on a daily basis. And your child will quickly gain important character traits and self-defense skills that will serve them for years to come.

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Whether you're training for fun or for competition, everybody is welcome to try out our comprehensive self-defense classes based on the traditions of Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu. Perfect for men and women of all ages and experience levels, this training will help you get fit, have fun, and learn the ins and outs of this exciting Martial Arts discipline.



If you’re looking for the most effective way to protect yourself against the most common threat facing women today. Then Come and train in our safe, friendly and supportive environment. Each training session you will learn techniques you could apply that night if needed, all while you are having a great time. You’ll love the camaraderie and support you will receive from your fellow students and the instructors. Each class is packed with fitness component which will help you meet your fitness goals. All this as you are gaining more self-confidence, focus, and strength.




In our amazing hardcore cardio kickboxing classes, you will burn up to 800 calories during our bag-slamming, aggression, and stress releasing rounds. Are you ready to leave that boring box gym-scene? Each class is set to popular music and the group setting will motivate you to punch and kicks harder. Are you ready to lose weight, release your work stress, sleep better at night? (This is a “non-contact” class)!

Who We Are

We work hard every single day to make sure you enjoy the best experience possible.

Confidence & Self-Esteem

There’s no better way to build self-confidence in both kids and adults than through the Martial Arts. And with our Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu and Kajukenbo system, you’ll quickly learn and take pride in your ability to master this discipline and enjoy the strength that comes with it.

Discipline & Self-Control

Our programming at the James Martial Arts Academy is built around these two cornerstone philosophies. Without discipline and self-control, you simply cannot effectively learn Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu and Kajukenbo. But by buying into them both, you’ll enjoy sustained success in everything you do.


You can never be too prepared for a real world threat or conflict. From bullies to criminals, people of all ages face threats every day. But with a working knowledge of the Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu and Kajuenbo discipline and the confidence that comes with it, you’ll be prepared to handle any situation.

New Friends & Mentors

We operate as a family friendly facility and we do it for a reason. We value the relationships we have created here at the James Martial Arts Academy and we think you will too. We are proud to serve the community of El Cajon and we can’t wait for you to join the family.


What People Are Saying

Still need convincing? Check out what people are saying about us.

My granddaughter Kasey is a student.
Excellent development of body strength, stamina and discipline. She has thrived under his instruction. He is firm yet kind. For the young or young at heart ..I wanted to join in! I highly recommend his class.

Celia Day

My wife and daughter attended the women's self-defense class recently. My wife has a brown belt in another discipline and still came away from the class with new information. The attention to detail and technique that you find at this dojo are unmatched. It's a very warm and inviting atmosphere but when it's time to work, it's time to work. We traveled from Los Angeles for the self-defense class and hope Darryl has the opportunity to open a dojo in our area soon. A fantastic experience! I'm looking forward to the next seminar.

Ric M.

Love James Martial Arts Academy! I look forward to classes every week! Sifu Darryl and the James Family are very welcoming and encouraging. I enjoy each lesson, and Darryl is an awesome teacher! You want to get strong and defend yourself and your family? THIS is the place!!

Francesca Cavallaro

Sifu Darryl James is what I call a peaceful warrior...calm and cool outside, but he has an intense fire behind the eyes. I have trained with him for a couple of months now and, man, can I tell the difference. He will push you for sure, but never too far. I can't wait to see what the next few months brings!

Robert Davis

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.


Wonderful instruction. Darryl has made a safe and focused learning environment for all ages. My two children have been attending this Martial Arts Academy for a few years now and we are so happy with the growth we have seen in our kids with their focus, technique, confidence, and their understanding of martial arts--they love it. He teaches fundamentals, proper technique, patience, responsibility, meaning, and conditioning. We are very involved and watch every class and could not be happier with our choice.

Mike D.

The Best Family Friendly Training In Town

At the James Martial Arts Academy, we're right here to build character, self-confidence, community, and safety and security through top level instruction in Kosho-Ryu Kempo Jiu-Jitsu and Kajukenbo. We are a family oriented facility with strong programs for kids and adults alike, all focusing on Kosho-Ryu Kempo Jiu-Jitsu and Kajukenbo that has its roots in self-defense over sport.

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