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About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Takedown

Welcome to Art of Takedowns Judo Academy, a family owned and operated business in its second year of operation. Our family has been involved in the sport of Judo for over 30 years and we are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and passion for the sport with our community. Our academy offers personal training and adaptive lessons for individuals of all skill levels and abilities. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned competitor, we have a program that will suit your needs. Our classes include instructions on fitness and self-defense techniques, as well as traditional Judo techniques. We love and are passionate about Judo and are proud members of the San Diego Judo community. We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone can learn and grow. Thank you for considering us for your Judo training needs.

Meet The Sensei

Meet Johnny Leon Guerrero, a San Diego native, a true sensei of judo, and a dedicated husband and father. Johnny's passion for the sport began at the young age of 4 and since then he has dedicated his life to mastering the art of judo. Despite facing injuries along the way, he has persevered and become a highly accomplished judoka, earning a 3rd-degree black belt in USJF and gaining extensive wrestling experience. While he is still a national level competitor, competing and winning in various national competitions, his priority is on coaching and passing on his knowledge and skills to the next generation.

As a coach, Johnny's record of accomplishments is truly impressive. He has trained multiple national and international level judokas and is widely recognized as one of the best coaches in the region. His coaching skills, knowledge of the sport, and ability to inspire and guide his students, have earned him numerous awards and recognition from the judo community.

Beyond the physical benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, and agility, Johnny strongly believes in the mental and emotional benefits that come with practicing judo, such as discipline, focus, and self-control. He emphasizes the importance of respect, humility, and perseverance which are core values of the sport. He has used these skills not only to overcome his own personal challenges but also to help his students reach their full potential. As a husband and a father, he strive to balance his passion and responsibilities, setting an example of hard work, commitment, and dedication to his family and his community.


Sensei Johnny Leon Guerrero
 USA Judo Nationally Ranked Competitor
U.S.J.F 3rd Degree Black Belt
National Champion Coach
National Champion 
State Champion 
Regional Champion 
Local Champion 


Ruben M.
2022 USA Judo National Champion.
2016 USA Judo National Champion Runner-up.
1st Degree Blackbelt.

"Art of Takedowns Judo Academy is the best. The coaches are knowledgeable and passionate, and the community among students is great. It has helped me achieve a high level of proficiency and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their judo skills."

Sensei Johnny is steadily turning me into a Beast! I was very apprehensive to do any kind of martial arts especially something as physical as judo, But he was very patient and gave me great instructions. I think I may have found a new Home.

Mike P.
2017 Bronze medalist,
USA Judo Sr. National Championships .
Ikkyu - Brown Belt

"The Art of Takedowns Judo Academy has completely transformed my approach to the sport. The level of instruction and dedication from the coaches is unparalleled, and the community of students is incredibly supportive. I've not only improved my physical skills, but also my mental toughness and discipline. I highly recommend this academy to anyone looking to take their judo to the next level."

Ross MacBaisey
- 2x Olympic Alternate
- 7x National Champion,
- 4th degree black belt
- multiple Team USA member.

Sensei Johnny is one of the top judo coaches in San Diego. Whether you’re 5 or 55 yrs old, a wrestler or BJJ player looking to step up your game, or a weekend warrior looking for a fun  workout, Art Of Takedowns is the place to be.

"Art of Takedowns Judo Academy is a great choice for older students with injuries. The coaches are knowledgeable and passionate, and they work with me to make sure I can participate safely and comfortably. The sense of community among students is also great. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their judo skills."

Alex J.
-Judo Beginner
White Belt.

Beanie G.
- Martial Artist.

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