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Institute of Defensive Methods was founded on September 1, 2008 by Sifu Cesar Olavarria and his wife, Wendy. Mr. Olavarria established this organization to help people understand and express themselves when the need arises to resolve conflict during a violent encounter. Because of this mission, Institute of Defensive Methods provides the highest quality in martial arts training and self-defense resolutions for the real world.


Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do (Jeet Kune Do) is the name Bruce Lee gave his fighting system and philosophy in 1967.

Filipino Martial Arts

Kali-Eskrima-Arnis is an art developed to defend oneself against the “Mass Attack.”

Wing Chun

Ip Man Wing Chun is not a new style of Wing Chun. In fact, it is the preserved system passed down directly

Force Continuum

This is not a martial arts curriculum. It is military technology brought to you

Women's Self Defense

This Program is designed with one objective in mind for the modern woman.

Class Schedule

Appointments Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
FRIDAY: Private Classes by appointment only. 6:30-7:30 pm - Kali:Filipino Martial Arts - Kali:Filipino Martial Arts Appointment
- 7:30-8:30 pm - Jeet Kune Do - Jeet Kune Do Appointment
- 8:30-9:15 pm - Ip Man Wing Chun - Ip Man Wing Chun Appointment
Time Saturday
11:00-12:00am Jeet Kune Do
2:00am-1:00 pm Kali: Filipino Martial Arts
1:00-2:00 pm Ip Man Wing Chun


  • I have written this unsolicited endorsement for Master Cesar Olavarria. Cesar, in my opinion, is one of the most talented and well-rounded martial artist I have ever had the opportunity of meeting. His skills are surpassed only by his great attitude and personality. Cesar Olavarria is a genuine master and all around class act.

  • I would like to recommend Sifu Cesar Olavarria at The Institute of Defensive Methods in Jersey City, New Jersey. Cesar is one of the most talented and dedicated Martial Artists.

  • On behalf of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on grand opening of your new martial arts center in Jersey City, New Jersey!

    As your formal instructor, it is with great honor to recognize my students to succeed as excellent Martial Artists and later to become a great master instructor like yourself.

  • I would highly recommend Cesar Olavarria as an excellent Martial Arts instructor. Cesar has trained with me for several years, and became a certified instructor under me after passing a rigorous testing and performance process.

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Atlantic City Martial Arts Convention

On January 22nd to 24th, the Northeast experienced one of the worst snow blizzards in its history. New Jersey called it, a State of Emergency, but that did not stop dedicated martial artist from attending the annual gathering at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino for the Martial Arts Expo. Mr. …

Coming Soon

May 21-22 2016 …… We present GrandTuhon Supremo Leo Gaje Jr. Director of Pekiti Tersia Kali Asia Pacific Tactical Command and Chairman, President and CEO at Pekiti Tersia Global Grand Alliance Council of Cultural Affairs. Contact us for more information.


Contact info

"Knowing is not enough we must apply willing is not enough we must do"

335 West Side Ave

Jersey City,New Jersey

Telephone : 973-489-5511

Email: cesar@idmnj.com

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