East Coast KARATE

Richmond, Rhode Island
401-539-1111

About Us
The East Coast Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate & Kobudo Dojo was founded in 1993. The first East Coast Karate Dojo was the Mechanic Street Dojo. It was opened on Feb 1st 1995 in Hope Valley, RI. In 1999 the Mechanic Street Dojo had become too small. So on October 1st 1999, the dojo moved into a smaller version of its current location in the Ocean State Job Lot Plaza in Richmond, RI. 2 Years later the dojo was expanded to its current size of 4000sq ft.

Kyoshi David Ahrens  

Owner / Kyoshi 7th Dan Karate / 6th Dan Kobudo

Kyoshi Ahrens  began his Karate training in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate in 1985. On February 14th 2012 he was tested and promoted by Grandmaster Shugoro Nakazato to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt (Nanadan) in Karate. In 2018 Kyoshi Ahrens was promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt (Rokudan) in Okinawan Kobudo (weaponry).
Sensei David is a renowned martial arts practitioner and educator, Kyoshi Ahrens is highly sought after nationally and internationally for his Karate and Kobudo knowledge and application insights.
Sensei David Ahrens is known for his integrity, professionalism and unconditional commitment to excellence in his teaching and his training. He teaches all around the world, throughout North America, Okinawa and South Africa.

Sensei Amber Ahrens

Sandan- 3rd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Amber has been training in karate her whole life. As the daughter on Sensei Dave, She was started in karate at the age of 2. She has literally grown up in the dojo. Now as an adult and 3rd Degree Black Belt, she is one of the senior teachers of the kids classes at East Coast Karate. Her loving, caring but firm teaching style makes her a favorite of all the kids in the dojo. 

Sensei Chris Smith

Yondan- 4th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Chris started at East Coast Karate at the age of 7. He has been at the dojo for over 15 years. Sensei Chris is a highly motivated fireball of enthusiasm and energy. Everyone loves Sensei Chris' classes, as they are some of the most energetic. He is also the long time captain of our highly successful Demonstration Team that performs all over Rhode Island.

Sensei Sean Kerr

Sandan- 3rd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Sean is one of our success stories. Sensei Sean started karate with us at the age of 6. He was what we like to call "challenging". Years later, with the discipline and focus Sean has learned, he has transformed himself into an amazing teacher, leader and role model. His kids classes are the most fun you will find anywhere. We are proud to have Sensei Sean on our team.

Sensei Rachel Lilly

Sandan- 3rd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Rachel started at ECK at the age of 9. She started here as an incredibly shy student who didn't even speak to me for the first 5 years or so. Now Sensei Rachel is a dynamic and highly energetic teacher that loves helping kids succeed through their Karate, especially the shy ones!

ECK Leadership Team

Sensei Virginia Keister

Shodan-1st Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Lexi Trenn

Shodan-1st Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Nishan Shah

Yondan-4th Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Rebecca Smith

Shodan-1st Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Grace Gagner

Shodan-1st Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Kali Romans

Nidan-2nd Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Catherine Conroy

Nidan-2nd Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Richard Vigliotti

Nidan-2nd Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Sophia Gagner

Junior Black Belt
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Senpai Hayden Puglia

1st Kyu Brown Belt
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Sensei Carissa Conroy

Junior Black Belt
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Senpai Austin Thorp

Green Belt
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