Welcome to Darwin Martial Arts!
A fun and practical place of martial arts and fitness training for adults, offering Group Classes & Personal Instruction.
Our dojo is the place to train if you're interested in joining a diverse community dedicated to the developments of self confidence, fitness, and a healthy state of being through the many paths of a martial artist. We emphasize working together in order to create an atmosphere of fun and safety, training as partners to experience a practical application of techniques while doing away with the formalities of traditional schools. The martial art & fitness methods taught at Darwin Martial Arts are a unique mix of techniques & concepts, inspired by various disciplines from around the world. The classes are very welcoming to members of all skill levels, and designed to foster growth for each individual at a manageable pace.
Our mission is to empower our members and affiliates with methods that promote conscious awareness along with physical health, so that we can work with confidence towards improving the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us.
“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”― Charles Darwin"
I have been a martial artist since the age of 5, training in many styles, both traditional and modern in order to develop a perspective that combines the methods of these arts in to a well balanced blend of history, creativity, and practicality.
My experiences as a martial artist led me to a life of teaching, as it became my dream early on, to one day own and operate a dojo. I learn, train, and teach martial arts wholeheartedly, driven by a passion to discover and express myself, applying the wisdom of the arts to nearly every aspect of life.
My fitness journey began with the arts as well. Moving from knuckle push ups on the mats, through grueling wrestling room workouts, to eventually working alongside personal trainers, and becoming a Health & Wellness Coach at a local fitness center.
By melding the two paths into one journey, I see Darwin Martial Arts as a place where I can continue to explore and share these experiences, while creating new ones with an amazing community.
Truth has no path. Truth is living, and therefore, changing... Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." - Bruce Lee
Coach Francisco has a long history as a martial artist. An avid grappler since 2002, he is currently a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with training in Wrestling, Daito Ryu, and the “Aiki” arts. Though grappling became a specialty over the years, NAGA Championship was only the beginning.
His journey has also included Boxing & Muay Lao training, professional MMA competition (2-1-0), and assisting the corners of a few of RI’s local fighters. Along with his enthusiasm for all kinds of training methods, his attitude towards life is simply refreshing and we are honored that he is here to share his talents with us as an instructor & friend.
Muay Thai Evolution
Monday: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Training dives into the “Brutal Ballet” known as Muay Thai. Thai Boxing was developed as Muay Boran and is frequently referred to as the “Science of Eight Limbs” due the extensive use of kicks, knees, and elbows while boxing. We focus on these elements as the base for our training methods which incorporate Western Boxing, Capoeira, Savate, Kali, Silat, & Wing Chun by applying Jeet Kune Do concepts.
Monday: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Workouts use strength and agility exercises in circuits that are tailored to help acclimate the body & mind to “going the distance”. As our training evolves the circuits will change regularly and the exercises will be modified to suit each member’s capabilities while we aim to optimize our health & fitness levels.
Tuesday: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thursday: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Classes emphasize Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques & live sparring (a.k.a. “Rolling”), while incorporating methods from Wrestling & Daito Ryu/Aiki-Jujutsu. BJJ is essentially the most recent progression of Jiu-Jitsu, which originated in feudal Japan, and continues to evolve as international popularity increases daily. Whether we are grappling on the ground or standing up, our extraordinary coach guides our training with a focus on practicality and usefulness.
Tuesday: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursday: 7:30pm -8:30pm
Open Mat time following our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes allows us to solidify the techniques we are learning through practice and repetition. Members may use the time to train by drilling fundamentals with or without a partner, and/or increase the resistance to persevere through as many rounds of "live rolling" we can handle.
Scheduled by Appointment: Flexible Hours**
Private lessons will feature personalized guidance through the journey of martial arts and exercise. Whether supplementing your group training or not, this feature will benefit those who seek customization, privacy, and individual attention to development while training.
Personal Training rates are also available to small groups of 2 – 4 members who would like to customize their group training.
**Appointments are scheduled based on availability
Our classes welcome all levels of experience (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional, Etc.).
∞ We encourage ourselves & each-other to work within our capabilities in order to continue stepping outside of our comfort zones. ∞
Open Mat: Saturdays 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Adaptation: Limited classes (≤ 8) $80 per month
Evolution: Unlimited Classes (∞) $110 per month
1 Lesson $45
5 Lessons $200
10 Lessons $375
20 Lessons $700