About Us

Master DeJohnette

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 an author and videographer, and produces karate and self defense videos under the name, Golden Dragon Productions ©.

Master DeJohnette began his martial arts career in 1968. Under the guidance of Grand Master Preston Baker, he earned the rank of green belt before joining the United States Air Force in 1969. He continued his training after being honorably discharged, and earned his black belt in 1977. Master DeJohnette began studying Soo Bahk Do® in 1999 under the guidance of Master Thomas M. Thai. 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.