NEMAD is very please to welcome the Rhode Island Iaido & Kempo Club to our dojo!
Classes run on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:15-9:15 pm
Thomas Duffy, A lifelong martial artist, has been an Iaido and Kenjutsu practitioner for over 14 years and is the co-founder and chief instructor at the Rhode Island Iaido club. His experiences in other martial arts started in the mid 80’s when he trained in full contact kickboxing at New England Tae Kwon Do and Aikido at the late Shihan John Saviano’s dojo in Pawtucket.
After college Thomas continued Aikido training with with Sensei Carl Fasano at the Brown University Aikido club and discovered Iaido while training at New England Aikikai in Cambridge MA with Sensei.
Looking for Iaido more locally,Thomas was introduced to Shihan Michael Brown of the Kosho-Shorei Ryu Kempo of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai at the Rhode Island Martial arts academy in Pawtucket RI and dedicated his training there in Eishin ryu Iaijutsu,Kenjustu and Kosho Ryu Kempo for several years. It was also though Shihan Brown and his seminars that Thomas met and trained with teachers from the Jikishin Kai International and their training opportunities including instructor seminars in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu.
After the academy’s closure Thomas ran study groups in Cranston and Johnston and founded the RI Iaido club and also found opportunities to train in Kendo and Shotokan Karate-Do at the New England Martial Arts Dojo in Seekonk MA which is the current home for the Club.
He is a member of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai and trains directly with Kyoshi Jeff Driscoll of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International in Muso Jikiden Iaijutsu and Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo.