My name is Raffi A. Derderian, head instructor of our martial arts school here in Johnston. For some time now, we've dedicated our lives to bringing the physical - and spiritual - benefits of martial arts to our community.

Through classes geared for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, our school itself has become a community of learning and growth.

We'd love nothing more than for you to become a part of it. That way you too can enrich your life, learn self-defense, and get in great shape too.

Together, these three elements lead to a happier, healthier life.

After all, for thousands of years, martial arts has been a tool for inner-growth and development. The hard work and patience required to perfect each move builds discipline, focus and determination.

The desire to advance through the ranks develops goal setting and ambition. The rush of passing tests, and seeing how far you've come builds confidence and pride.

And the increased energy that comes with getting in good physical shape gives you a boost to bring even more fulfilling activities into your life. But it doesn't stop there. You also learn self-defense to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sound. And while you may never have to use these skills in a real-life situation - just knowing that you CAN protect yourself will give you peace of mind.

In fact, the confidence you'll exude is enough to diffuse most situations before they ever arise. After all, attackers like to focus in on weak individuals. When you emit strength, confidence and pride - it's enough to keep most of them at bay.

Helping you succeed in martial arts is the only goal of our Johnston program. Everyone here - each of our martial arts instructors - is passionate about helping you succeed, have fun, and enjoy the time you spend here.

So come on by and try out the program that's best-suited for you. You can learn more about the classes our Johnston school offers, and call us to register for the one that's right for you.

See you soon,
Raffi A. Derderian

Meet Raffi Derderian
Owner at Derderian Academy of Martial Arts in Johnston, RI
7th degree black belt

Sifu Raffi Derderian began martial arts in 1973 in the art of Uechi-ryu Karate. In 1990 he began the study of Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts. He is also an Instructor of Kempo.

Sifu Raffi holds the following ranks:

  • Apprentice Instructor- JKD and Kali under Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Senior Full Instructor (over 20 years under Sifu Kevin Seaman) - Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts
  • 8th Degree Black Belt - Shinko-Ryu Kempo (promoted to 8th degree by Grandmaster Larry Tatum)
  • 7th Degree Black Belt - Uechi-ryu Karate under Master George Mattson
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - Filipino Martial Art Combatives under Hock Hochheim
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt -Oki-Ryu Kenpo
  • Ranked "Expert" in Knife Combatives by the Congress of American Knifefighters (Hock Hochheim)
  • Recognized "Shihan of Martial Arts" by the International Uechi Karate Association

Meet Susan Derderian
Instructor at Derderian Academy of Martial Arts in Johnston, RI
4th degree black belt

Sensei Susan Derderian began her martial arts journey in 1991 with the study of Kenpo Karate. She is the Director for the Little Dragon’s Program at Derderian Academy.

Sensei Susan has done a considerable amount of cross training in martial arts and holds the following ranks.

  • 4th Degree Black Belt-Shinko-ryu Kempo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt-Oki-ryu Kenpo
  • Level 3-Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do
  • Intermediate Rank-Filipino Martial Arts
  • She is also a certified Yoga Instructor and teaches several classes at our facility

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How to Get Started

Come join our Johnston, RI facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Kenpo Karate, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Yoga . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (401) 946-0384 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!