top of page


James Darrel Alexander Jr. (JD) - "Head Instructor"

Iron Forged Martial Arts



  • Muay Thai Record (3-1)

  • 2010 - Arnold Classic Muay Thai tournament 155lbs weight class - First Place

  • 2012 - Joined the Kudo International Federation (KIF)

  • 2012 - Completed 10 man kumite - Promoted to Shodan Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate

  • 2014 - Promoted to Nidan Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate

  • 2014 - Granted position of Branch Chief for Dayton, OH region by the Kudo International Federation (KIF)

  • 2014 - Coach for the first USA Kudo Team competing in the 2014 Kudo World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan

  • 2015 - 1st Pan-American Kudo Championship Santiago, Chile - 4th Place

  • 2015 - Granted position of Branch Chief for Colorado Springs, CO region by the KIF

  • 2018 - Promoted to Nidan (2nd Degree) Black Belt in Kudo Daido Juku

James started out his martial arts journey 17 years ago with Sensei Randy Dressler in Duncan, OK. He studied Kyokushin Karate under Sensei Dressler for 7 years before moving away to attend college at Oklahoma State University. Go Pokes!!!


While attending college, he studied Muay Thai and Brazillian JuJitsu under Doug Stokes, coach of the Cowboys MMA Club, for 3 years. 


He then moved to Edmond, OK and continued his study of Muay Thai and Combat Submission Wrestling under Khru Mike Parker and Coach Terry Miller at Crucible Martial Arts Academy for the next 3 years. 


Upon graduation, James was offered a job at Wright-Patterson AFB and soon found himself in Dayton, OH.  There he was introduced to the Wright-Patt Boxing Club and spent a year honing his punching and footwork skills.  


It was during this time that he first found Shihan Benalio Padron's Kyokushin school in Columbus, OH.  James trained with Shihan Padron for the next 4 years attaining the rank of Nidan, as well as, attaining his teaching certificate in Kyokushin Karate.


In 2012, James began training with Sensei Dan Kendall, then head of USA Kudo, in Kudo Daido Juku in Detroit, MI.  After two years of training, he decided the mixed martial art of Kudo was the path he should follow.  Kudo is a true mixed martial art offering a full range of techniques while still maintaining the spirit of Budo, respect, and humility.


"We must be real, we must be exact, we must survive. Survival is everything."

bottom of page