Clifton Martial Arts


My name is Jim Meghdir, chief instructor at the Clifton Martial Arts Academy.  We pride ourselves on teaching not only how to punch and kick, but also on developing confidence, self-discipline and communication skills.  To do this, we set goals and help students do their best through positive re-enforcement. These skills are necessary to avoid fighting in the first place.  One should only use physical self-defense as a last resort.


This is a fun yet challenging program.  I have been a martial artist since age 6 and it was a fantastic decision my parents made. I developed self-esteem, the ability to defend myself if I had to, and made life-long friendships. I don't know where I would be or who I would be without my training.


Awards and achievements:

1989 - Achieved 1st Degree Black Belt in Karate (Art Beins)

1993 - 1995 - Won 1st Place in several national open tournaments (Gary Alexander 1993, J.H. Kim

1993, 1994, BKG 1994, 1995, and the NY Open 1994)

1994 - Achieved 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate (Art Beins)

2000 - Graduated Penn State University (Smeal College of Business)

2008 - Opened Clifton Martial Arts Academy

2011 - Began Studying Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu at AMA Fight Club (Jamie Cruz)

2013 - Achieved 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo (Frank Paul)

2013 -Awarded Blue Belt in BJJ (Jamie Cruz)

2015 -U.S. Open Clash Men's Light Heavyweight division Champion (Orlando, FL.)


A little about the program:

Taekwondo is the art of kicking and punching. It is all about kicking, footwork, flexibility, and balance.  Karate means empty hand fighting. Many of the hand techniques and hard striking we use are based from Kenpo Karate. Kenpo means way of the fist. Our program is a combination of these styles designed to make the best, most well-rounded martial artists. As students get more advanced, they get the opportunity to learn submission grappling (Jiu-Jitsu). Keep in mind, however, the younger the student, the more we will focus on communication, working together, discipline, and more basic techniques.


The Martial Arts is a way of life and it is important that we strive to be the best people we can be inside and outside of the academy.  We look forward to working with you.


Instructors and assistants:

Robert White is an instructor here at CMAA. He is very talented practitioner of the arts. He has been training for 12 years and instructing for 4.  He takes his training and teaching very seriously and enjoys it immensely.



Robert White
Jim Meghdir

Chief Instructor

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Clifton Martial Arts

891 Bloomfield Ave.
Clifton, New Jersey


(973) 779-0200