James Saulsberry Ojai Valley MMAJames Saulsberry started training martial arts at a young age. Trying many different styles such as karate, Tai Kwan Do, kendo, and even budo jiu jitsu under Master Al Thomas.

During his teens James played lots of music in various bands playing many different styles & instruments. James also excelled in many other sports & activities such as skateboarding, bmx, ice hockey and surfing. Surfing became a huge passion.

While surfing with some friends one day, one of them mentioned training jiu jitsu. "He said it would help my surfing, so I said I'm in!" James tried his first Brazilian jiu jitsu class in September 2011. He was hooked! Ditching the surfboards & waves for a Gi & mat time. Training two to three times a day James excelled fairly well in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & soon found himself assisting black belts with both adult & kids classes.

After being promoted to blue belt James started teaching kids classes himself. Over 2500 kids classes taught many with over 25 kids on the mat at one time with ages ranging from as young as 2 years old to 16 years old. James has also taught many school demonstrations on bullie prevention & self protection & has extensive knowledge in both areas. James says he loves working with kids, "I can relate to kids well because I'm still a big kid at heart, I love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!" James was promoted to purple belt May 16th 2015 & will be head instructor for the kids program.

James is also available for privates for both kids & adults.

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