Setting Sun Dojo

About Setting Sun Dojo

For over 22 years, Setting Sun Dojo has trained and provided martial arts classes to the Ocean Beach community. At Setting Sun we teach life lessons and the importance of  self discipline at a vital age in a child’s life. Our goal is to build relationships in our community through our students and the values we teach.

We provide a loving, nurturing, family friendly environment with our caring Black Belt instructors. Our Black Belt instructors have years of experience who teach a variety of styles that include Judo, Karate, and Jiu Jitsu. We welcome students of any and all martial arts backgrounds, as well as those who have never walked into a martial arts studio.

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Go Jiu Bujitsu

Go Jiu Bujitsu is an extremely effective hybrid and mixed martial arts . Go Jiu Bujitsu consists of a perfect blend of traditional martial arts and self defense.

Students develop a strong technical and traditional foundation from white belt through black belt, through the intermediate or advanced levels in its three primary arts: Shotokan Karate, Jiu Jitsu, and Judo. After attaining the rank of black belt, students continue advanced training and are introduced to traditional Aikido, Wing Chun,  Kung Fu, and Tai Chi, along with military and law enforcement control techniques.

Go Jiu Bujitsu has it all, covering the five spatial ranges of fighting:

  • Long and short distance techniques with soft hard blocks, strikes and kicks
  • In-close techniques with soft/deflecting blocks, trapping and sticking techniques, as well as elbow and knee strikes
  • Standing grappling techniques consisting of joint manipulations and locks, throws, choke and submissions
  • Ground grappling techniques involving joint manipulations and locks, chokes and submissions



Shuseki Shihan Jherie

Jherie began his Martial Arts training in his youth. He saw the importance of learning Martial Arts was not in winning medals, but in building character. Jherie believes through Martial Arts we should learn perseverance: if you try hard good things will come, honesty: if you are honest people will continue to trust you, and integrity. Jherie has been training at Setting Sun Dojo for over 20 years, and is now the owner and head instructor.


Sensei Ellie

Sensei Ellie has been training at Setting Sun Dojo for over 5 years and earned her black belt in Go Jiu Bujitsu in December of 2019. She discovered her passion for teaching shortly after joining the Dojo community and fell in love with learning the style and sharing it with others. She is also the general manager at Setting Sun and is your go-to for all things scheduling, events, and membership.