Martial arts studio owner charged with sex crimes

The owner of New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy is charged with sex abuse and sodomy

Booking photo of Eben Kaneshiro, the owner of New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy, April 21 2015 (Deschutes County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo of Eben Kaneshiro, the owner of New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy, April 21 2015 (Deschutes County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The owner of a martial arts academy in Southeast Portland was arrested in Deschutes County for allegedly abusing and sodomizing a boy under the age of 12, court records show.

Eben Kaneshiro, the owner of New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy on SE Foster and 92nd Ave, is charged with sex abuse and sodomy stemming from an incident that happened overnight on April 18-19, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said.

“He had inappropriate sexual conduct with a child under the age of 12,” he said, and added the alleged incident happened just outside Sisters.

The boy is known to Kaneshiro, Hummel said. “We don’t know of any other victims but the investigation is continuing.”

Eben Kaneshiro has owned the New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy in Southeast Portland since 2007. It now has a "closed" sign after his arrest on sex charges involving a minor boy, April 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Eben Kaneshiro has owned the New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy in Southeast Portland since 2007. It now has a “closed” sign after his arrest on sex charges involving a minor boy, April 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

However, the Portland Police Bureau said Wednesday afternoon they are investigating to determine if there are other victims. Anyone with information is asked to call PPB Detective Darrell Miller at 503.823.0842.

Public records said Kaneshiro has owned the New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy since 2007. A sign on their window advertises “Kids Classes,” which concerns both investigators and parents.

“That is very scary to be knowing that he’s actually in the neighborhood working with children,” one parent told KOIN 6 News.  “I mean, martial arts is physical.”

The academy’s Facebook page includes many pictures with children.

The business website is no longer working and there is now a handwritten “Closed” sign on the door.

Kaneshiro is due in court on April 27 and is being held on $500,000 bail.

Eben Kaneshiro has owned the New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy in Southeast Portland since 2007. It now has a "closed" sign after his arrest on sex charges involving a minor boy, April 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Eben Kaneshiro has owned the New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy in Southeast Portland since 2007. It now has a “closed” sign after his arrest on sex charges involving a minor boy, April 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

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