At Japanese Martial Arts (JMA), we offer a traditional style of training in Japanese Kempo (Kempo Karate), Olympic Judo, and Tae Kwon Do. We are proud to have a staff that holds internationally recognized black belts in Japanese Kempo, Judo, and Tae Kwon Do. All instuctors have 25-70 years of martial arts experience in practice, teaching, and competition. We offer a safe family friendly environment where persons of nearly all ages can learn self-discipline, respect for self and others, confidence, physical fitness, good sportsmanship, personal accountability, as well as self defense.
With safety as our top priority, our facility has a sizable practice space with the absolute best professional grade padded flooring, training equipment that is provided by professional MMA equipment suppliers (often seen in the UFC), proper insurance coverage, and uniforms that are from the most reputable Japanese manufacturers. All classes are monitored and taught by only the head instructors. Here we stress discipline, quality and safety. With unsurpassed facilities and teaching staff, the following are bios of the head of each of our programs.
Bios Of Our Head Instructors
Ueno Sensei or Instructor Matt
Head of JMA Kempo program
Assistant Instructor JMA Judo program
Matt Ueno began his martial arts training in 1984 at a Tae Kwon Do school in Arlington. In 1989 he moved to Colorado and was quickly picked up by a competitive Kempo club in Boulder from 1989 until he moved back to Virginia in 2000. His teaching career started on accident when he was asked to teach a women’s self defense class at a local sherrif’s department in Colorado. After returning to Virginia he went back to his old Tae Kwon Do instructor where he taught and practiced until 2006. He then became a student of Judo at Washington Judo Club where he met James Takemori. Before he and Takemori Sensei opened Japanese Martial Arts in late 2010, Instructor Matt practiced Judo rigorously and continued teaching at multiple dojos in the metro area, consisting mostly of sparring clinics, self defense classes, and frequently was brought in to train other instructors. Instructor Matt was very fortunate in his martial arts training, and credits his success to his current and former teachers. His Tae Kwon Do Master was 1969 and 1971 world champion, his Kempo teacher was 1991 world middleweight champion, and his Judo teacher was a national team coach who taught the first USA Judo Olympic medalist, James Bregman and has given instruction to the current UFC Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and her mother who won the World Judo Championship in 1984.
- Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) INKF.
- Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt) West A.M. (dissolved 2002).
- 2nd Degree Black Belt WTF (World Tae Kwon Do Federation) Kukkiwon in Korea.
- 1998 & 1999 West A.M. Middleweight National Champion (dissolved 2002).
- 2000 West A.M. Heavyweight National Champion (dissolved 2002).
- 2000 West A.M. Masters Cup Open Champion.
- Silver Medal SHUFU Open Championship (United States Judo Federation).
- 2 Silver Medals at the 2012 Commonwealth Games (Judo).
- Certified USA Judo Instructor & Coach.
- An overall Martial arts record of 118-26-1 (win-loss-draw) as an adult.
Head of JMA Judo program
James Takemori started his Judo training over 70 years ago. In 1951 he founded the Washington Judo Club, originally located in Alexandria, and is currently running at Georgetown University. He is one of the most famous Judo coaches in the United States, and is also well known in Japan. Takemori Sensei has also received every major award that there is for Judo including the Emporer’s Award from Japan. Though verbally rough at times, you won’t find a teacher who cares more about the success of his students, and all his students will tell you the same. At the age of 88, he runs JMA Judo Club, another program to teach his way. Among people who have received some instruction from Sensei are the World Women’s UFC Champion Ronda Rousey and her mother who won the World Judo Championship in 1984.
- Is a Kudan (9th Degree Black Belt) in the United States Judo Federation.
- Is a Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt) in the Kodokan (International Judo Headquarters located in Japan).
- 1980-1991 Women’s National Team Coach.
- Has two daughters who made it to the quarter finals or better in the Olympic Team try-outs.
- Has trained multiple National Champions.
- Coach and Teacher of America’s first Olympic medalist for Judo, Jim Bregman (Bronze Medal in the 1964 Olympic Games).
- Head of the United States Judo Federation Promotional Committee.
- Certified A-Level Referee and Instructor.
Head of Tigers VA Tae Kwon Do program
Master Raul has been involved in the sport for over 25 years with many years of domestic and international level competitive experience. He loves to train eager competitors and runs a no non sense curriculum. To defend against his kicking combinations is nearly impossible.
- 3rd Degree Black Belt (WTF) World Tae Kwon Do Federation.
- Placed 5th in the Pan-American Games.
- Silver Medal in the South American Championships.
- 7 time Bolivian National Champion.
- 7 time Bolivian National Team Member.
- Former Bolivian National Team Coach.
- Can Instruct and Coach in Spanish and English.