We are a very established martial arts school who teaches and trains in Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu, the sport of Judo and along with other weapons, one weapon system called Bokendo. Our school was founded by William (Bill) Montero. In 1949, shortly after relocating from Honolulu to San Jose, CA, he opened Pacific Judo Academy and was later assisted by his son, William (Don) Montero, who had been studying the arts since childhood. Both became well known for their traditional teaching style, personal competition success and coaching success in national level Judo tournaments as well as mastery of Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu and the rare art of Bokendo.
Just days prior to passing away, Bill Montero gave his blessing for the academy to continue on and in its spirit of never accepting defeat, the academy persevered and is thriving today. As Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy, it is headed by one of Bill Montero’s closer students, Angelo Caruana who began studying the arts over 35 years ago, first under him and later under under his son, Don Montero. Over the last decade he was assisted by his most senior students and black belts: Paul Yoshimune, Frank Santiago, Yannick Barel, David Nguyen, Sebastiaan In’t Hout, Brett Layton, Mike Johnson, Joey Caruana, Mark Sugui. These instructors are the finest a school could ask for with regard to teaching skills, performance, maturity, care and safety.
Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy proudly operates according to strict traditions dating back to its founding in 1949. With over 65 years of providing exceptional instruction and training in San Jose, CA, it can proudly claim to be one of the very oldest martial arts schools in the nation.