We are a nonprofit Family Community Center dedicated to peace, health, and safety through the practice of the arts. We offer cultural arts, martial arts, after-school programming, and Saturday programs to the community. We offer many scholarships to underserved children and families.
Located in Bellingham, Massachusetts, USMMA incorporates Total Body Wellness into every aspect of its curriculum. We place tremendous emphasis on developing the mind and spirit in all of our classes, to show our members that good health is a way of life.
At America's Best Defense, professional instructors instill a sense of pride and integrity into students of all ages, helping pupils take charge of their physical fitness, personal safety, and self-control. Krav maga lessons teach students effective strategies to ward off attackers, while Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu courses put participants through a rewarding regimen of cardio workouts, takedown drills, and strength training. Children and teenagers learn important life skills and impressive martial-arts techniques during karate and MMA sessions. The kid-centric curriculum helps young students not only master self-defense techniques against padded obstacles and belligerent training dummies, but also hones a deep sense of respect and discipline. Sterile Zebra mats line the floors and full-length mirrors ring the walls of the clean, spartan studio in order to keep fighters safe and fully aware of their surroundings.
Channeling ancient warrior spirits through a blend of physical fitness, character finesse, and Eastern philosophy, owner and 4th dan black belt Sasha Komocar guides students on mentally centered wellness programs in his 3,000-square-foot facility. Superior Tae Kwon Do is the first and only training center in the greater Providence area to host Cage Fitness—a system developed by nine-time UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes that strengthens bodies with a no-contact discipline entrenched in the techniques of mixed martial arts. Each 30-minute class pulses on the energy of five five-minute rounds that build endurance, strength, power, core, and fruit-eating etiquette. Those looking for a more defensive brand of fitness can sharpen their skills at Systema training, a Russian martial art technique that develops practical self-defense skills with a fast learning curve. Elements of breathing, relaxation, posture, flexibility, and constant movement form the necessary foundation for engaging in hand-to-hand combat or deflecting dark-alley muggings from gangs of living statues. If you'd rather stick to Superior's namesake art of Korean kicking, a family membership grants the whole clan access to Superior Tae Kwon Do Academy's entire list of classes.
Atop sleek hardwood floors, students work through karate and aiki-jutsu moves at New England Martial Arts Dojo. Instructors teach traditional self-defense techniques during classes geared specifically toward beginners, advanced students, or families. To get students into fighting shape, the school also boasts a workout room with Olympic weightlifting bars, weight machines, and dumbbells.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Come watch a class, ask questions, and observe the style of Aikido and culture of our dojo.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Aikido Martial Arts Classes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Adult Student and Teacher In Youth Program
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
In additional to our regular one hour classes for kids and adults, we periodically hold seminars with multiple classes, featuring visiting instructors for adult seminars and special games and origami for the kids' seminars. Our kids are often thrilled when one of our regular one hour classes ends with an Aikido inspired versions of tag, dodge ball, and more.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
The only pressure you should put on yourself to learn and progress is to attend practice regularly, pay attention, and have fun. The instructors and teaching methods will take care of the rest. Aikido is a true martial art where you can continue to learn, grow, and progress for as long as you practice. Beginners practice safely along with experienced students and can join at any time. There are no competitions in Aikido, as students learn to practice cooperatively in a common pursuit of self-development.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are very fortunate to receive instruction from one of the most senior ranking Aikido instructors in the United States, David Halprin, 7th degree black belt. David Halprin's primary teacher, Mitsunari Kanai, was part of the last group of live-in students under the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei (or "O-Sensei" to Aikido practitioners, meaning "Great Teacher"). Since Aikido is best learned through dedicated practice and guided instruction, we consider our direct lineage to the founder of Aikido to be a strong asset in maintaining high standards and authentic techniques, true to the founders teachings.