15 Industrial Ln., Johnston, Rhode Island 02919

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Teaching Traditional Martial Arts

Here at RI Self-Defense Center, we have a mission to preserve and promote the traditional teachings of martial arts by providing proper training, etiquette, and more.


Emphasis on Personal Development

We have a philosophy that martial arts training should be focused on personal development and self-improvement in areas including discipline, focus, and respect. We aim to provide not only technical training, but also mental and character development.


Community Building

We are proud to offer a sense of community here at RI Self-Defense Center, so that students can learn from one another and support and encourage each other.

Kids Martial Arts near Johnston

Kids Karate

At RI Self-Defense Center, we have the #1 program for children's martial arts in Johnston with our Kids Karate programs! We start enrolling children as young as 4 years old to offer the physical and mental benefits that are found in Karate. Come see us today to learn more!

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Adult Martial Arts

Our Adult Martial Arts classes right here in Johnston are a great way for you to improve your fitness, gain confidence, learn amazing self-defense techniques, and more. Accomplish more than you thought was possible with us today!

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"Street Wise" Self Protection

Our Self-Defense classes are helping everyday men and women across Johnston learn how to defend themselves. You'll get the confidence you always wanted and learn how to predict, prevent, and hit hard!

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Kids Martial Arts near Johnston

"Street Wise" Self Defense Workshops

Our Streetwise Self-Defense Workshops are designed to keep your office, college or community safe and prepared to defend against any threat. We work hard to offer effective self-defense skills that can be executed by men and women of all backgrounds. Reach out today to schedule a corporate, college or private small group workshop!

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Tradition of Excellence since 1987

We have been providing Johnston, North Providence, and surrounding areas with excellent Martial Arts lessons for beginners, kids, women's self-defense, adult martial arts, and reality based self-defense for over 35 years!

Our expert instructors are dedicated to helping each and every student reach their goals. Whether you're looking to delve into the world of all things martial arts and earn your black belt, get in shape, or simply take part in a fun activity, RI Self-Defense Center is the place for you!

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Jessica L.

My daughter has been taking lessons here for almost 3 years & loves it. The instructors are all fantastic & it's a great atmosphere. So glad we found this place!...

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Tracy B.

My son Matthew has been training at RI Self Defense for 5 years. If you want REAL WORLD self defense for yourself or your child, this is the school for you. Dedicated, highly trained instructors at EV...

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Lexi L.

I can't brag enough about RI Self Defense Center! I began taking self defense classes a few months ago and absolutely love it! The classes are direct and focused on learning the strategies/moves neede...

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Tyais T.

Excellent instructors. They take their time and make sure your child is ready to move on. No hyper focus on "next belt" but rather a focus on mastery of the skill. They work in groups and one on one a...

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Lindsey B.

I love this place! I came here for their adult self-defense classes, and I am so happy I didi! Michael is an awesome instructor, and the group is very welcoming. I am not the most athletic or coordina...

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Tammy B.

Love Sensei Mike!!! Awesome mentor for children and young adults. He truly cares about all of his students. From karate kicks to confidence, he will help your child become a better person. RI Self-Def...

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