2327 West Shore Rd. Warwick,  RI 02893

In 2015

We celebrated our 30th anniversary

by expanding into its own space under a new identity reflecting our current composition and focus,


More than a school... We are a community!

New Wave Martial Arts and Fitness has offered students more than a school. We have served as a tight-knit community of friends and family dedicated to excellence in martial arts.  It was founded as a Shaolin Kenpo Karate school in 1985 by Shihan Erik Kugel.  In March of 2000, the at the time New Wave Self Defense (NWSD) was passed down to Fernando Fialho (the Kenpo senior student), Carlos De La Cruz, and Silas Pinto.  NWSD has since expanded to an academy that offers several programs – ranging from Fitness to the explosive Sanshou/Sanda (Kickboxing), to the fluid arts of Judo and Afro-Brazilian Capoeira.


New Wave is currently directed by Sifu Silas Pinto (Mestrando Tigri), Instrutor Artur Ribeiro (Skaru), and Shihan Fernando Fialho.  Despite the expansions and changes, one thing has remained the same – a sense of community, fellowship and commitment to excellence in the performing arts we offer.


When you walk through the doors at New Wave, you will experience a top-notch martial arts education, but you will also experience the individual attention that will help you succeed.  As a New Wave student, you are encouraged to try all of the arts that we offer and find the path that fits your passion and your goals. we offer the kinds of programs and support that will help you to grow and learn regardless of your age or physical condition.


One of the greatest strengths of New Wave is the instructors – each with distinct and diverse set of skills that allow for outreaching to a range of students with different personalities and learning styles.