216 Mt. Hermon Road, Suite G, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-5425

Who We Are

About Innovative Martial Arts in Scotts Valley, CA

Jake Nunneley

Owner and Chief Instructor at Innovative Martial Arts in Scotts Valley, 3rd

Hello and welcome to Yama Martial Arts! We have dedicated our professional lives to providing our students with the most practical and effective self-defense methods available… and have built an outstanding reputation as a result. We specialize in martial arts for both kids and adults. 

Our classes focus on character-building and life lessons to get you pumped, skilled, and ready to take on the world… with great success!

Beginners Welcome! No matter what age or fitness level you are, we’ll work with you at your level and your pace to help you learn a wide range of practical self-defense techniques such as punching, blocking, and kicks; how to defend and attack; and so much more!

Our students are non-fighters… they are moms, dads, teens and kids just like you. Busy professionals and everyday working people who want to learn martial arts, but not in a “fighter’s gym.” We stay focused and train hard, but in a way that the average person can benefit. And we have a ton of FUN too! 

Our awesome instructors will guide every step of the way and push you past your limits while working with you to meet your goals. Your goals are our goals and your success is our success. You bring the goals list and we’ll handle all the details!

At Yama Martial Arts, you’ll find “confidence-building” at the core of our curriculum. Passionate and caring instructors teach you more than just kicking and punching. We teach students how to become the best they can be so they can be as successful as possible in life. We want your child to dream big and martial arts is an EXCELLENT way for them to make their dreams come true!

Whether you’re 4 or 84, you’ll LOVE how martial arts improves your body, mind, and spirit as you gain…

  • Unbelievable focus and a longer attention span
  • Killer concentration and listening skills
  • A ton of energy & those happy feelings you get after a great workout
  • Tremendous confidence and empowerment
  • New friends, lots of smiles and great memories

Your child will learn how to be bully-proof, how to be more aware of people and their surroundings, and how to spot uncomfortable or confrontational situations so they can walk away before things turn ugly. Both kids and adults will also have the confidence, courage and powerful self-defense skills to defend themselves and their loved ones, if necessary.

The peace of mind you get from knowing powerful self-defense techniques is PRICELESS!

Check out the SUPER LOW web special going on right now or stop by for a tour of the facility and see what we’re all about! This special is 100% RISK-FREE and classes fill up FAST so reserve your spot today! 

Super cool self-defense moves; a strong, fit body; achieving rank, and amazing new friends are just the BEGINNING. The lessons you’ll learn in our classes build a rock solid foundation for total physical and mental fitness or taking it up a notch, if you want to really dive into martial arts and compete in tournaments.

Yama Martial Arts instructors are highly qualified and passionate about teaching. Our state-of-the-art facility is meticulously clean, safe, and inspiring. You’ll feel like you belong here as your family of martial artists supports and encourages you with lots of high fives!

The friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging vibe here will make you smile, feel proud of all your accomplishments and happy that you made an EXCELLENT decision to improve your life.

Come join Yama Martial Arts and find out how you can get unbelievably fit, acquire life skills for life success and get more VALUE for your money here. We can't wait to train with you and cheer you on every time you accomplish something big or small.  See you soon!

Head Instructor

Jake Nunneley is the Owner and Head Instructor of Yama Martial Arts and is a lifelong martial artist. He started at the age of 10 years old in a Korean system of martial arts called Ho Kuk Mu Sul. Mr. Nunneley went on to earn his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ho Kuk Mu Sul. Later he moved to Sacramento and began training with one of the best in the industry, Kyoshi Dave Kovar, owner of Kovars Satori Academy.

While studying and working for Mr. Kovar, Mr. Nunneley earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kovars Kenpo. Mr. Nunneley was also exposed to many other martial arts during his time with Mr. Kovar. He also began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 16 and currently holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Garth Taylor of Kaijin MMA.

Mr. Nunneley began teaching at the age of 16 and found that he was naturally a good teacher. After training with Mr. Kovar, Mr. Nunneley found his skills as a teacher and mentor really improved. He has recently taken up Judo and currently holds a Blue Belt in Judo.

Mr. Nunneley has also won many medals in Tae Kwon Do sparring, forms, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments and he is also 1 - 0 in Amateur Mixed Martial Arts.

Jake believes that anyone can attain the benefits that martial arts has to offer if they desire to do so and he loves sharing his passion for martial arts with others.

How to Get Started

Come join our Scotts Valley, CA Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Birthday Parties, Kids Martial Arts, and Adult Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (831) 438-5425 if you have any further questions. Innovative Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!