Born Febuary 17 1931 in Chico, California,
James' father's occupation caused the family to move around
the northern part of California. In December of 1948, a 17
year old James was introduced into the Chico Judo & Jujitsu
Academy. He recieved his Black Belt in 1952, his Proessor's
Degree ( GoDan )in 1960, and his ShichiDan in March of 1994.
his progress, Prof. Musselman has taught both Military and
Civil Police, along with regular students. Places he has
taught include Hollywood YMCA; Sparks, Nevada; Oroville, California;
Orland, California; Eureka, California; Las Vegas, Nevada;
Sacramento, California; San Francisco, California.
He now teaches with the KoDenKan Institute,
inc. in Redwood City, California. By accounts from those that
keep track of the heritage tree, Prof. Musselman has promoted
somewhere near 300 black belts over the years.
For over ten years, Professor Musselman was
active on the National Board of Directors for the American
Judo and JuJitsu Federation, the oldest martial arts organization
in the United States.
Retiring from organizational work in 1968,
and moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Prof. Musselman began
teaching a small group that has been growing ever since.
Professor Musselman returned to active duty
with the AJJF Board of Professors, and was active in the AJJF
for a few more years. He permanently retired from the Board
in 2002, and is currently working on an interactive work on
the DanZan Ryu Jikishin JuJitsu arts.