James Martial Arts Academy of El Cajon

Kids and Adult Martial Arts School in El Cajon
Opening at 5:30 PM
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6 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Kid’s Focus
We’ve all been there.

Talking to your kid and out of nowhere, they drift off. It’s like you’re not even talking anymore. As a parent, it’s so frustrating. We worry that they won’t learn well enough in school, or that they will miss an important det...

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Martial arts Belt teat

Jun 28, 2019 – Jun 29, 2019

James Martial Arts Academy will have our belt test for the kids martial arts class ages 6-13. Please sign up with Mom Washington.

How do martial arts build confidence?

There are many reasons why people get interested in training Martial Arts. By far one of the most common we hear is “confidence.”

What is confidence?

Just put it’s a belief that you can, rather than an idea that you can’t. But there needs to be more t...

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We celebrate our Kosho-Ryu Family when they receive their belt. Good job Big A. I’m looking forward watching you grow in the art.

Karate a History

Although the basic forms of self-defense are probably as old as the human race, the art of karate as it is practiced today can be traced directly to the Okinawan strategy called, in Japanese, Okinawate-te (Okinawa Hands). This system of defense, in turn, is a descendant of the a...

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Let’s talk about some of the top benefits for practicing Martial Arts. We are not a “traditional” Martial Arts school in that we train our students in Age-Specific Martial Arts. This allows us to use systems that integrate science and psychology...

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6 months ago
Hands down the best trainer I've ever had. Sifu Darryl is exceptional at what he does. He is motivating and pushes you to your limits and then some. I was fortunate enough that one of my friends had found him and invited me to a class. Even though there were 3 other people in there he is attentive to you and making sure you are doing the workouts correctly with good form. I was fully out of shape and within a couple of months, I noticed things improving such as my form and strength. I have always had a hard time motivating myself to get to the gym but with Sifu Darryl, I am excited about the class every time.
- Alyssandra J
2 years ago
I do not know exactly what made me think to try karate. I was tired of the gym and the hamster-wheel feeling I had each time I went. What was next in my progression? Adding another riser to my action? I checked out the James Martial Arts Academy and was impressed. The specific personal session gave me an idea of exactly what I 'd remain in for, and I was surprised that I registered that very same day. I ** never ever ** register for anything on the spot. But I felt comfortable and fired up to not just get more fit but to find out something beneficial along the way. The progression of testing to earn a new belt was appealing too-- you can actually see that you are finding out and advancing. And you learn things immediately helpful, in addition to building skills that take practice to master. In a nutshell - centrally located, easy to get into, great parking (exactly what !? yes, truly!), great instructor, respectful and supportive classmates, becoming more in shape while learning ...
- Kathleen P
a year ago
Sifu Darryl is one outstanding instructor! He knows his stuff. I would highly recommend the James Martial Arts Academy to anyone wanting to learn a true martial arts and self-defense system.
- Danny C

Best Martial Arts Near You!


I’m Sigung Darryl James Chief Instructor, and I with my wife Cheryl, a practicing Psychotherapist at Inspire Professional Counseling and faculty member at San Diego State University and the proud owners of the James Martial Arts Academy.

As a martial arts instructor in El Cajon, CA with extensive experience training kids, adults and, women's self-defense there is nothing better than seeing the growth firsthand.

But more important than the martial arts skills they learn is the personal skills they develop, the confidence they carry for life.

Because martial arts is far much more than just kicking, self-defense, and punching, and getting the next colorful belt, it’s about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus, and respect.

With every class we teach, I see growth in mind, body, and character.

That’s because martial arts provides instant positive feedback. By learning to focus on the core moves, they develop discipline and respect. They can instantly see and feel a difference, making them destined to build confidence, self-awareness, and self-respect.

And of course, it’s a ton of FUN!

That’s why I love teaching martial arts in the El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Chula Vista, and San Diego communities, and why I know, you are going to LOVE training with us.

So please have a look below to find out exactly how your you or your child can benefit from our fun martial arts classes.

Thanks! Darryl

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  • (833) 894-0191


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2356 Fletcher Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92020

Business Hours

Mon:5:30 – 9:00 PM
Tue:5:30 – 9:00 PM
Wed:5:30 – 9:00 PM
Thu:5:30 – 9:00 PM
Sat:9:00 – 9:30 AM
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