Welcome to Our Women's Self-Defense Program

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Women's Self-Defense Program

Our Women’s Self Defense classes teaches students of all ages practical self defense skills that will help them learn how to
fight in real-world situations so that they’re never caught unprepared

Here’s why our members love the James Martial Arts Academy

Boosts Confidence

Confidence comes from within. For women, learning a self-defense skill is an excellent way to tap into a reserve of confidence they never even knew they had. Just possessing this skill is a perfect way to build self-esteem, which can lead to improvements in various areas of their lives.

Improves Physical Ability

If you’re seeking a fun way to get in shape, women’s self-defense classes have much to offer. Martial arts are a far cry from traditional workouts, which many people find boring. They also offer a full body workout, which can help trim fat while building muscle.

Prepares You For The Worst

While you may think you’re relatively safe during your daily routine, the truth is that crime can happen to anyone. What’s more is that some criminals specifically target women because they believe a woman will be less likely to fight back. With the proper training, you’ll be equipped to face the worst-case scenario — even if that day never comes. If you have kids, self-defense training will also allow you to protect them in the event of a robbery or home invasion.

Benefit of Learning Self-Defense

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Learning to defend yourself is about more than simply wielding a weapon. The truth is that amateurs who have weapons end up getting hurt with them more often than predators do – and that’s a real problem.

There’s no point in arming yourself if you’re not also in the right condition to be able to act if you or someone you love is threatened. Women’s Self Defense Classes is popular because it takes self-defense and turns it into an art form.



Nobody wants to be the victim of a crime, and yet it happens to people every day. The best way to avoid being harmed is to know how to defend yourself.

Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu training emphasizes teaching students how to react in real-life situations. It’s not theoretical – it’s practical and effective.

You won’t have to worry about figuring out how to translate your Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu training outside of the dojo, because our instructors will help you do it.




Getting young kids to pay attention can feel like an impossible task. The structure of our martial arts classes shows kids the importance of focus and teaches them by having them apply it to easily-achievable tasks.

The focus they learn in the dojo is something they’ll take home – and into the classroom. That’s why kids who study martial arts tend to be good students, too.


We all have to deal with stress and anxiety in our lives – from work, family, and everything else. You need to have a healthy outlet for it to stay healthy.

Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu banishes stress by burning it off. When you’re working out, you need to give over your body and mind to the process. There’s no room for worrying.

By the time you’re done working out, you’ll be flooded with endorphins and feeling a serious sense of accomplishment – and your stress will be under control.

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One of the hardest things about learning self-defense is overcoming your natural instincts to learn new moves.

Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu works with those instincts – such as bringing your hands up to protect your face – and turns them into powerful moves that allow you to defend yourself and drive attackers away.

You’ll learn to use the tools you have and combine them with traditional martial arts and other forms of fighting.


“ -Kathleen Perez

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 self-defense, feeling better physically and psychologically … exactly what’s not to like?

It would be excellent to see more ladies and women in these classes; please give it a try!

“ -Francesca Cavallaro

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!!


Most frequent questions and answers

Absolutely! Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu is designed to help people who might be smaller than their attackers to defend themselves, so it’s an ideal self-defense method for women to learn.

Yes, you don’t need prior martial arts experience to take Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu classes. There are levels of Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu just as there are in any martial arts discipline, so you’ll start at the bottom and work your way up.

Yes, there are six levels: Yellow, Blue, Green, Brown and Pink. You’ll have to test at each level before advancing to the next.

Yes. Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu  & Kajukenbo will teach you to use your body and its capabilities to ward off attacks and stay cool in tense situations. You’ll feel prepared to handle anything that comes your way.

Absolutely. Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu is a high-intensity workout that pushes students to their physical limits. You’ll learn just how strong and powerful your body can be.

Yes. In fact, the reason that Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu was developed in the first place is that its first practitioner, a young man, recognized the need for a self-defense method that went beyond sparring in a gym to incorporate street fighting and practical self-defense. Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu teaches students how to use their bodies effectively to defend themselves.

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