East Coast Karate, Proudly serving the Chariho Area Since 1995

East Coast Karate is a fully state of the art training facility. Complete with the best flooring system in the world, world class training bags, fitness and martial arts equipment.

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

East Coast Karate was founded in 1993. The first East Coast Karate Dojo was the Mechanic Street Dojo on Feb 1st 1995 in Hope Valley, RI. By 1999 it was clear that ECK had outgrown the Mechanic Street Dojo so on October 1st 1999, the dojo moved to its current location in the Ocean State Job Lot Plaza in Richmond, RI.

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

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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 Dave is known for his integrity, professionalism and unconditional commitment to his students and his community. Sensei Dave serves as a Lieutenant for the Hope Valley Fire Dept and as a Firefighter for the Carolina Fire Dept. He also is a certified fire instructor and teaches at the Rhode Island State Fire Academy

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Sensei Amber Ahrens

3rd Degree Black Belt
Lead Instructor

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Sensei Chris Smith

4th Degree Black Belt
Lead Instructor

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Sensei Grace Gagner

2nd Degree Black Belt
Karate Instructor

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Sensei Rebecca Smith

2nd Degree Black Belt
Karate Instructor

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Sensei Catherine Conroy

2nd Degree Black Belt
Karate / Adaptive Karate Instructor

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Sensei Carissa Conroy

1st Degree Black Belt
Karate Instructor

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Sensei Kelly Gormly

1st Degree Black Belt
Karate / Kickboxing Instructor

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Sensei Steve Martin

1st Degree Black Belt
Fitness Kickboxing Instructor

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