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Shujaa Academy

Anwarr Thompson ( Founder) has studied and trained in the Martial Arts for 40 years. He has taught Self Defense for 20+ years. He is a Fifth Dan Master Instructor in the Quan Fa Arts, and Expert Instructor of weaponry. He is well known for his work with children over the last 21 years; as site coordinator, and Youth Care Advocate for the Old Colony Y.M.C.A, camp counselor, and has worked with children and adults with special needs, and at risk youth. ​

Silaha is a weapons based art. The influences of Silaha are From the Streets experiences and teachings, Filipino Martial Arts, Northern Shaolin Quan Fa arts, Kenpo and Montu Arts. Silaha means weapon, the training is weapon based with a big focus on edged and impact weapons, the types of weapons that might be found in the streets. The Philosophy or mindset that drives Silaha is to weaponize your way of thinking, not for the sole purpose of violence, but to approach every day situations like you are a weapon, no fear, no hesitation, follow through, a weapon does what it is designed to do, it doesn't divert from it's path. This mindset tries to encourage us to be disciplined and fearless to achieve your success and let nothing get in your way. The teachings of Silaha can be applied to any existing Martial Art. ​ ​ ​ ​

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Shujaa Academy location Map
The Gym/Social Security Plaza
18 Federal Street, YMCA
Woonsocket, RI 02895
United States
Phone: 352-729-1073

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at Shujaa Academy:

  • Arnis/Kali/Escrima/FMA
  • Karate
  • Kick Boxing
  • Kung Fu
  • Silat
  • Tae Kwon Do

Programs & Class Schedule

Bring water and prepare to workout, This is a NO GI School, We concentrate on Fitness and Self Defense, and Sport
Children/ Youth Classes 5:00-6:30 Tuesdays & Thursdays
Martial Arts training makes children more flexible, strong, coordinated, calm, focused and confident! You can see a clear improvement in peer interaction. Your child will come with a smile and leave with a smile! ​ Junior classes are specifically designed to cultivate and reinforce focus, discipline and fitness in children. Special emphasis is placed on developing behavior goals: being kind, disciplined, polite, patient, respectful, and humble, these in fact are the true

Adult Classes
The Adult class begins with warm ups which focus on core strength and flexibility, utilizing anaerobic as well as aerobic cardiovascular fitness techniques. The second half of the session incorporates Kickboxing drills these drills utilizing mitts and pads and heavy bags and learning striking combinations as well as forms.

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