Thomas Duffy, A lifelong martial artist, has been an Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu practitioner for over 18 years and is the co-founder and chief instructor at the Academy. His Martial Arts journey started in the mid 80’s when he trained in Full contact kickboxing at New England Tae Kwon Do and Aikido at the late Shihan John Saviano’s dojo in Pawtucket.
After college Thomas continued Aikido training with with Sensei Carl Fasano at the Brown University Aikido club and discovered Iaido while training at New England Aikikai in Cambridge MA with Sensei.
Looking for Iaido more locally,Thomas was introduced to Shihan Michael Brown of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai at the Rhode Island Martial arts academy in Pawtucket RI and dedicated his training there in Eishin ryu Iaijutsu, Kenjustu and Kosho Ryu Kempo for several years. It was here Thomas met and trained with teachers from the Jikishin Kai International and their instructor seminars in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu.
After the academy’s closure Thomas ran various study groups in Cranston, Johnston and then reaffiliated himself with the SKSKI and co-founded the academy at it’s current home at the NewEngland Martial Arts Dojo in Seekonk MA.
Thomas holds Dan Ranks in the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International in Kosho Ryu Kempo and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu as well as the Shudokan Martial Arts Association in their Iaido Division
Instructor Valerie Carroll’s Martial arts journey started over 14 years ago at the New England Martial Arts Dojo. A practitioner and teacher for over 14 years in Traditional Japanese shotokan Karate. And several years in Kosho Ryu Kempo , Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu.
Valerie’s specialty is violence, harassment and abuse against woman and her highly regarded sessions always leave women of all ages with increased confidence and self worth as well as the skills needed for a safer future. Valerie teaches woman’s self defense both at the dojo and on location with other black belts from the New England Martial Arts Dojo Her passion in teaching women’s Psychological empowerment against crime in unmatched.
Valerie is Dan ranked in traditonal Shotokan Karate at the dojo and holds high rankings in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu and Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo. Valerie also holds the title of Senpai in the academy (Senior Teaching Student)