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1 employee
12 years in business

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The Instructor

Master Darno V. DeJohnette, Sr., owner and senior instructor at DeJohnette Martial Arts Academy, is a 4th Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor in the U.S. Soo Bahk Do® Moo Duk Kwan® Federation.

He is a cinematographer and produces karate and self defense videos under the name, Golden Dragon Productions ©.  []

Master DeJohnette began his training in Soo Bahk Do® in 1999 under the guidance of Thomas M. Thai, SBN. He earned the rank of Cho Dan (1st Degree Black Belt) in 2006, E Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in 2008, Sam Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in 2011 and Sa Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) in 2015..

Master DeJohnette received Jo Kyo Certification in 2009. In 2010 he opened DeJohnette Martial Arts Academy in Vista, CA. In 2013 he received Kyo Sa Certification. His Dan Bon is 44400.

Watching my students ascend through the ranks, developing their skill and technique, growing in confidence, respect and humility, is the most satisfying reward I can ask for.

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3 Reviews


  • Olivia Rendon

    Mr. Dejohnette is an amazing martial arts instructor. He is mature and professional, who truly cares about the kids he trains. He is a great role model for our children to follow. Mr. Dejohnette recognizes the strengths and abilities of each child and helps them be more confident, disciplined and more focused. I highly recommend Dejohnette Martial Arts Academy!

  • Sheila Shah

    Master DeJohnette has gotten our son through Black Belt training. He is quite good at teaching both theory, history and practical methods. My son continues to train with him as he has a lot more to learn from Master DeJohnette.

  • Frank DeSilva

    Great detailed instruction in traditional Korean martial arts. Master DeJohnette has the ability to engage students of all ages, youth to adult, while fostering respect for the history, philosophy, and techniques he teaches. Brings out the best in students. Highly recommend DeJohnette Martial Arts Acdademy!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students are introduced to the Korean fighting art of Tang Soo Do in the Moo Duk Kwan style.  They are taught the history, tradition and philosophy of the Moo Duk Kwan.  Basic techniques, including punching, kicking and blocking, are taught in a series of one step sparring moves, combinations and forms, which are designed to familiarize new students with the proper postures and stances.  They are taught proper breathing techniques to control speed and power.  As the student progresses they learn self-defense techniques that include joint locks, submission holds, and judo-style take downs 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a 4th degree master instuctor with 20+ years of training in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.