Common Sense Self Defense

Founded in 1999, Desert Martial Arts teaches simple and effective self defense techniques distilled from Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, and Wing Chun, without the filler and unrealistic techniques that don't really work.  We are a fun, safe and ego-free place to learn practical martial arts, and we invite you to visit us.  Together with Aleem's School
of Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing
, we offer training six days a week for one low price!

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Staff Biographies

Master Solomon

Master Jarrod Solomon

Master Jarrod Solomon is the head instructor and owner of Desert Martial Arts Academy, and has been training consistently in various forms of martial arts since 1978. When not teaching martial arts, he works at a local information technology firm as a certified network engineer. He currently holds the rank of 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and 4th degree black belt in American Aikido. Additionally, he holds various lower ranks in other styles. He is a former police reservist and worked in the bodyguarding and high risk security industry for five years, and has extensive experience dealing with physical altercations. Because of this, his teaching style focuses heavily on realistic, effective self defense and conflict resolution techniques. Despite his extensive martial arts credentials, one of Mr. Solomon's favorite quotes is "Just because you're a good martial artist, doesn't mean you're a good teacher." Therefore Master Solomon places very high emphasis on the teaching ability of all of his instructors. He has been teaching martial arts professionally since 1994, and runs his martial arts school because he hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of the people that he teaches.

Grandmaster Aleem

Grandmaster Jamal Aleem

Grandmaster J.A.A. Aleem is the head instructor and founder of Aleem's School of Tae Kwon Do, and is the authority that provides Desert Martial Arts Academy with it's certifications. He holds the rank of 9th Dan, and is an inductee of The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, The World Sokeship Council (1996), and The Masters Hall of Fame (2002). With over 40 years of teaching experience, Grandmaster Aleem is a World Taekwondo Federation, American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts, and a United Martial Arts Federation Certified Master Instructor. He has taught thousands and promoted nearly 500 black belts. He trained America's 1st World Taekwondo Champion, WTF Hall of Famer and Master Instructor (Dr. Marcia Hall), America's 1st Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medalist (Dana Hee), 2 World Champion Kickboxers, an International 9 time World Kickboxing Champion, a second World Taekwondo Champion (Lydia Zele), and dozens of Point, and Continuous Fighting Champions, a World Ranked Boxer, and regional, state and divisional karate champions of every age. Grandmaster Aleem’s teaching method is registered and licensed and has produced some of the world's finest martial artists, as well as outstanding students and citizens. He is also a certified rape and assault prevention expert. Aleem's Taekwondo has proudly served the greater Palm Springs community since 1994, with one of the largest martial arts student bodies in the history of the Coachella Valley. 

Location and Schedule

Desert Martial Arts holds classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15 PM and prospective students are welcome to observe or attend.

Enrollment Desert Martial Arts Academy also enrolls you in Aleem's school of Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing, and entitles you to attend all classes from both schools.  Our rates are $99 per month, and we provide discounts for additional family members from the same household.

If you are interested in observing a class or want more information about our school, please give us a call at 760-651-2369.

We are located on the south west corner of the intersection of Gerald Ford and Bob Hope, in the Gelson's shopping center in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Our address, inside of Aleem's School of Tae Kwon Do, is:

36101 Bob Hope Drive, Suite E7 & E8
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


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