The Teachers

Our instructors are a committed group of martial artists who are passionate about their martial arts training and giving their students the best possible experience.

As with anything success comes through preparation.

Instructors meet weekly to discuss new and better ways to serve our students and they’re growth and success.

Classes are taught in a relaxed but challenging atmosphere gearing the student towards constant, steady improvement in their lives as well as in their martial arts skills. Sensei Tom Duffy takes a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Our Goals in teaching Budo include:

  • The importance of creating a high energy environment for teaching to bring out the best in our martial artists.
  • Helping students become comfortable with accepting new challenges in order to take them to more exciting levels of accomplishment and spirit.
  • Teaching the value of discipline, hard work, commitment, and not giving up when things become difficult in order that our students can achieve their goals both in and out of the martial arts classroom
  • The importance of helping students feel safe, comfortable, and able to have fun, while immersed in Budo
  • Our instructors use simple but very effective teaching and communication techniques to bring out the very best in you.

Tom Duffy, Chief instructor

Tom Duffy Teaching Kempo at the 2019 European Gathering in Belgium

Thomas Duffy,  is the co-founder and chief instructor at the Academy. His Martial Arts journey started in the mid 80’s when he trained and competed in full contact kickboxing at New England Tae Kwon Do and also Aikido at the late Shihan John Saviano’s dojo in Pawtucket.

After college Thomas continued Aikido training at both the Brown University Aikido club and AAA Aikido in Cranston RI. He then discovered Iaido while training at New England Aikikai in Cambridge MA

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 and dedicated his training there in Eishin ryu sword arts. He also discovered Kempo there and learned how much more effective it is compared to other arts with a good teacher! Thomas also met and trained with teachers from the Jikishin Kai International and their instructor seminars in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu. He is now the chief instructor at the RI Budo academy and enjoys teaching at seminars and other gatherings as well. 

Thomas is a recognized instructor with the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International and holds Dan ranks in the organization in Kempo/Jujutsu and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijustsu as well as the Shudokan Martial Arts Association in their Iaido Division.

Valerie Carroll, Instructor

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, as well as 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 traditional Shotokan Karate at the dojo and holds high rankings in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu and Kempo. Valerie also holds the title of Senpai in the academy (Senior Teaching Student).