PAMA began in 1979 as the “Water Street Exercise Studio” in the old Petaluma Mill.
The School moved to the historic McNear Building in 1981, and became “Petaluma Kenpo Karate School”.
The School has enjoyed its current home in the old  Hatchery
Building  at 620 Petaluma Blvd. North since 1983.

In 2004,  on our 25th anniversary,  the name was changed to Petaluma Academy of Martial Arts. This name change was because Tai Chi and Latosa Escrima became requirements for achieving Black Belt.  We also ,frequently, invite teachers from other arts to offer workshops or special classes. We are much more than Kenpo, though Kenpo is the primary our beginner students.