Closing Announcement

Japanese Martial Arts (JMA) Elite Academy closed its doors on May 4, 2015. We thank all of our students and parents and the community for supporting us throughout the years and creating memories that we will keep in our hearts. We hope that the lessons learned at the Academy will stay with you and serve in many aspects of your life.

Sensei Matt Ueno

Celebrating the life of Sensei “Jimmy” Takemori


Sensei James “Jimmy” Takemori
(February 3, 1926 – May 15, 2015)
A judo legend, 9th Degree Black Belt, the husband of Helen and father to 4 girls: Miki, Robin, Teri, & Chrissy and 9 granddaughters

Pages where the judo community celebrates the life of Sensei “Jimmy” Takemori:

U.S. Judo Federation Hall of Fame

Facebook: Sensei Jimmy Takemori

Washington Judo Club – Georgetown University 

Shufu Judo

Judo Ikigai

Real Judo Magazine

Youtube: Interview with Sensei Takemori by Joshua Peters

Wikipedia: James Takemori

Self Defense – Respect – Confidence

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.