About the Instructor

    Head Instructor James Barrios is a 4th Degree black belt with over 30 years of martial
    arts experience and has competed, trained and coached in the U.S., Canada and Asia.
    He began his martial arts education at the age of 7 in the Philippines where he trained
    under Philippine National Team coach Master Jobet Morales and former World
    TaeKwonDo Federation (WTF) Vice-President Grandmaster Sung Chon Hong. Having a
    passion for Tae Kwon Do at a young age gave him the determination and discipline he
    needed to become a member of the Philippine National team from 1991-93. He won
    gold medals at the Philippine Nationals in ’89 and ’92 and was voted Best Player at
    those tournaments. He was the Coach and Team Captain for Rutgers University in NJ
    from 1996 – 2001.

    In addition, Master Barrios has also studied various martial arts such as Hwa Rang Do,
    Aikido, Kali / Eskrima, and Close Quarter Combatives (CQC). He believes that martial
    arts education is an ongoing process, so he continues to evolve by studying other
    martial arts and applies that knowledge in all his classes.

“For me, martial arts is not merely a sport or a hobby, but rather a way of life. The lessons I’ve learned as a
martial artist have helped me succeed in all the endeavors I’ve undertaken in life be it sports, school or
work. It has taught me discipline, perseverance, humility, self-confidence and has indoctrinated in me the
indomitable spirit that a true martial artist should have.”

“As an instructor my goal is to pass on everything that martial arts has given me. I measure my martial
arts success not by the medals & competitions that I have won, but by the achievements of my students. It
is the ultimate reward when you know you have helped your students surpass your own achievements.”


Before moving to California, Master Barrios resided in the Philippines, Canada and the East Coast. He also has a
bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Notable Accomplishments:

Philippine National Team (1991 – 1993)
Two-time Philippine National Champion (1989 & 1992)
New Jersey State Champion (1996 & 2001)
Connecticut State Silver Medalist (2000)
Ivy-Northeast Collegiate TKD League (INCTL) champion (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001)
Team B.C. & British Columbia Provincial champion (2007)
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