Martial Arts Instructors

Master Cormier

Jim Cormier Self Defense InstructorIn 1987, Mr. Jim Cormier opened this martial arts dojo and has been the head instructor ever since. Personally teaching every jujitsu and karate class, Jim has trained hundreds of adults and children in his jujitsu and karate programs and has promoted numerous black belts.

 What I like most about my work is teaching and enriching the lives of kids and adults at every level with valuable life skills.  A favorite memory of mine is when I promoted my daughter, Kelly, to a junior black belt in karate. It was tough testing my own daughter, but a great moment awarding her the belt.

Over the years, Jim has given many self defense seminars and customized demonstrations to schools and universities, sports teams, businesses, adult education classes, au pair groups, and nonprofit organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and women’s groups.

Jim has been a guest instructor and an assistant guest instructor at other martial arts schools throughout New England. In addition, he has been welcomed by police departments for advanced self defense training and weapons tactics.

Shihan Cormier’s credentials:

  • November 29, 2016: Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) in Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujutsu by Soke Menkyo Kaiden-Shihan San Dai Kichu Michael LaMonica.
  • March 1, 2009: Certified as a Head Instructor and recognized as a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujutsu by Soke Menkyo Kaiden-Shihan San Dai Kichu Michael LaMonica.
  • December 20, 2005: Promoted to 4th degree black belt and certified instructor in Yoshitsune Jujitsu by Master Larry Garron.
  • October 16, 2004: Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
  • April 1, 2003: Promoted to 3rd degree black belt in Hakkoryu Jujitsu by Master Larry Garron and certified as such by the Hakkoryu Jujutsu Headquarters in Japan.
  • January 15, 2002: Elected to the Executive Board of the World Martial Arts Federation.
  • March 24, 2000: Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as a “Master Instructor of the Year”.
  • November 19, 1999: Promoted to 7th degree black belt in Okinawan Goju ryu karate and awarded the title of Shihan (Master) by Master Larry Garron.


Sensei Charles Williams

Sensei Charles Williams' instructor Sensei Williams has been training here since January 9, 2001 and is the assistant instructor in our adults & kids jujitsu programs.
Charles came to us after two years of intensive training in Nihon Jujutsu in Japan under 10th Dan (Hanshi) Sensei Shizuya Sato.  He has been an excellent instructor here and is highly respected for his knowledge, skills, sense of humor, and the true joy he brings to teaching others.

He is a graduate of Stanford University and his profession is software development.

Sensei Williams’ martial arts credentials:

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hakkoryu Jujutsu
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujutsu
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Yoshitsune Jujitsu
  • Brown Belt Nihon Jujitsu


Sensei Noel Layman

Sensei Noel LaymanSensei Layman is the head instructor in our adults and kids judo classes. Noel began his judo training with his wife, Marylou, in the 1960’s at the Bay State Judo Club under Senseis Sidman and Ollie.  During the 60’s and 70’s, he and Marylou competed in many local and regional judo tournaments. In the mid 70’s he twice won the Open Class Tri-State Judo Championships.  Noel also competed in the 1976 Judo National Championships. He and Marylou taught junior competitors in the 1970’s. Noel has trained with renowned judoka, Sensei George Harris (9th Dan).

In 1995, Noel became an instructor at the Newton Judo Club and taught alongside Sensei Ron Viazaltene and Sensei Joe Smith for many years.  He remains a member of their board of directors.

A member of the United States Judo Association, Sensei Layman was a long time judo referee at local and regional judo tournaments.  He is truly an inspiration to his students and peers alike.

Sensei Layman’s martial arts credentials:

  • March 2009: Inducted into the World Martial Arts Federation Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Judo Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • December 20, 2005: Promoted to black belt in Yoshitsune Jujitsu by Master Larry Garron.
  • Received his United States Judo Association black belt in 2000.


Sensei Alan MacLeod

Sensei Alan MacLeod Sensei MacLeod began his training as a youngster in the United Kingdom under Sensei Les Bonney. He returned to training here under Sensei Layman and now holds the rank of brown belt (Ikkyu). Alan has been a welcome addition to our judo staff and continues his training under Sensei Layman.

Alan MacLeod is a member of the United States Judo Association and the United States Judo Federation.

© Copyright 2017 Cormier's Self Defense Academy | Website Design By WebMaintain &