About Us

The East Coast Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate & Kobudo Dojo was founded in 1993 by Sensei David Ahrens. The first dojo was on Mechanic Street in Hope Valley, RI. It was opened on Feb 1st 1995. In 1999 the dojo moved to its current location in the Ocean State Job Lot Plaza in Richmond, RI. Our dojo is a 4000sq ft, state of the art, Karate training facility. Our two training floors are covered by the best floor matting system in the world; guaranteed to keep all students safe from injury. We offer a fully stocked Pro Shop complete with Uniform, Apparel, Weapons, Gear Bags, Sparring Gear as well as Snacks and Beverages. websitebutton6 Our Teacher: Sensei David W. Ahrens – Kyoshi/Nanadan Born in Sioux City Iowa on February 6th 1971 and having lived there until 1983 he relocated to the Westerly/Pawcatuck area where he attended Stonington High School and graduated Stonington with a GPA of 4.0. Sensei Dave was married to high school sweetheart Corry on September 19th 1993 and has one daughter, Amber. He began his Karate training in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate and Kobudo in 1985. On February 14th 2012 he was tested and promoted by Grandmaster Shugoro Nakazato to the rank of Kyoshi, 7th Degree Black Belt (Nanadan) in Karate, and 5th Degree Black Belt (Godan) in Okinawan Kobudo. Sensei David is a nationally renowned martial arts practitioner and educator, having taught at the most prestigious Shorinkan training camps in the world. Sensei David Ahrens is noted for his integrity, professionalism and unconditional commitment to excellence his training and teaching. He has taught all around the world, including North America, Okinawa and South Africa.


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East Coast Karate's Teaching Staff

Sensei Chris Smith


4th degree Black Belt.

    Sensei Amber Ahrens


    2nd Degree Black Belt.

      Sensei Sean Kerr


      3rd Degree Black Belt.

        Sensei Jessica Carnevale


        2nd Degree Black Belt.


          Had my daughter's 6th birthday party here this weekend. It was by far the BEST birthday ever (by her standards and mine!). This place really is top notch, the staff is amazing, and Sensei Dave is no joke! It amazes me how much the kids respect and admire him. I am so glad to have joined the ECK family. We'll be here for years to come!. -P. Moyer

          Amazing place for the kids to learn, the best role models you could ask for your kids, the birthday parties are the BEST!! Love it!!! And the kickboxing classes are outstanding!! -A. Weinreich

          My son attends here all the sensei's are wonderful kind knowledgeable friendly and helpful East Coast Karate has helped and has changed many kids lives especially mine. I am so grateful and thankful for this Dojo, I recommend for all kids and adults to come check it out. -C. Major

          CONTACT US

          Phone: 401-539-1111

          Physical Address: 12 Stilson Rd Wyoming, RI 02898

          Email: sensei@eastcoastkarate.net

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