About our school

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.


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 NJMAA Taekwondo (Frank Paul)

2013 -Awarded Blue Belt in BJJ (Jamie Cruz)

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

2015 - Awarded Purple Belt in BJJ (Jonathan Helwig)