About Us

Sensei James Lee – President of James Lee’s Karate Schools

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  • 5th Degree Black Belt in the Art of Korean Karate
  • United States Karate Alliance Hall of Fame member
  • 8x National Instructor of the Year
  • 8x National Team of the Year
  • National Champion in Kata and Kumite
  • Former United States Karate Alliance Vice President
  • Current National Board Member and Colorado State Representative

We are a Karate Family!

James Lee’s Karate is family owned and operated by Sensei James Lee, 5th degree Black Belt,  and his wife, Mrs. Amanda Lee, 1st Degree Black Belt. They have lived in Eagle County for over 20 yrs. They have four children, all teenagers whom all of which are Brown and Black Belt National Championship Competitors.  Every student is part of our Dojo Karate Family. We have a great community of parents, friends and students who make up a dojo family of quality people.

James Lee’s Karate has been established in the Vail Valley / Eagle County since 1998. Sensei Lee is a highly respected competitor, mentor and is a  US Karate Hall of Fame member with many Individual and Team National championship Titles under his belt. Lee has been named the US Karate Alliance National Instructor of the year 8 times and his students have won the National Team of the Year 8 times as well!

The Lee family travel with their team to compete with only the BEST Martial artist in the USA under the World Karate Federation (WKF) USA National Karate-Do Federation (USA-NKF) United States Karate Alliance (USKA). Sensei Lee has 30 years experience in Martial Arts training, competing and teaching. Lee has studied Martial arts systems of some of the greatest masters in Chun Do Kwon, Goju Ryu, Shotokan, Ryu-Te Kenpo, Judo and Okinawan Kobudo.

Sensei Lee has developed age specific programs that teach character development to help children learn important life skills such as how to be more focused in school, self-disciplined and well mannered.  Sensei Lee has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local elementary schools with these programs.

Lee teaches adults & teens practical self defense application through various martial arts styles while helping them to gain overall strength, flexibility, confidence and high level martial arts self defense skills.

Sensei Lee and Mrs. Amanda Lee are National Team Coaches with the ability to take any student from a first day beginner, all the way to a USA National Karate Champion.

The knowledge, personally experience and physical benefits alone will create a healthier more energetic lifestyle you wont get anywhere else.

James Lee’s Karate school is a family atmosphere where respect for each other and safety on the mat are always priority 100% of the time. The school may have a waiting list to get in so call or email for more information. It’s worth the wait!

Over the past few years The JLK Competiton Team has expanded their competitive experience competing in multiple martial arts world wide organizations as the World Karate Federation (WKF) International Martial Arts Association (IMA) United States Karate National Karate Federation (USANKF) which is the Olympic Governing body for Karate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Sensei Lee has trained formally for many years in the arts of Korean Karate, Okinawan Goju Ryu, Okinawan Kobudo, and Judo. He has also fought professionally in full contact Mauy Thai Kickboxing, although Karate Tournament point fighting has been his expertise. Sensei Lee has hosted the Colorado State Championships since 2000. He has also hosted the USKA National Championships in 2014 & 2015 in Las Vegas, 2016 in Denver, CO.

Sensei Lee, a seasoned competitor himself, has won many titles in different organizations nationally and internationally. As an Instructor, he has taught many students from 1st day beginner bringing them to the National Championship and black belt levels. His school has been the #1 school in the Nation under the United States Karate Alliance for eight years! Over the past 20 years Sensei Lee has promoted 37 students to the levels of Black Belt from Junior Black belt (under 16yr) to 1st – 4th degree Black Belt. Many of them families who started together, mom, dad, brother and sister. He has brought as many as 90 competitors at one time to compete in the USKA Nationals. The team travels together to different states enjoying competing against the Nations Best in many State, Regional, National and World Championships events. James Lee’s Karate has proven to have the highest skill levels and quality standards that any traditional Martial arts have to offer. Now that Karate will be in the Olympics Mr. Lee has a few Elite hopefuls that may have what it takes to one day take it that far!

“We are a family dojo that produces Elite athletes inside the ring and in life”!
In addition to training highly skilled competitors, James Lee’s Karate program heavily installs character development in each lesson, teaching life skills such as having respect for all things and people, good manners, self discipline creating a more independent person, ultimate focus to make good grades in school, goal setting for future success, loyalty to friends and family. Each class they discuss these things and learn in more detail the importance of why we train in martial arts is “TO BE A GOOD PERSON”!