Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy

Amazing martial arts classes in Walpole that build confidence & change lives!


2130 Providence Highway, Walpole, MA 02067


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Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy Walpole

Martial Arts Classes In Walpole

Founded in 2003 in Norton, MA by Bob Downey with his wife Trish and children Bobby and Ali by his side, they began teaching karate classes for children and adults in September of 2003 to rave reviews from parents and students.

In 2007, RDMAA moved to its new facility at the PAGODA on route 140 in Norton, just south of the Comcast Center. The school has an 1150 sq. foot Dojo, 1st and 2nd floor viewing, and a pro-shop filled with all your martial art supply needs.

In the summer of 2010, RDMAA opened their second location in Foxfield plaza off route 140 in Foxborough.

In the summer of 2011, the Collins family, longtime students and assistant teachers, began managing the Foxborough school while continuing their study of the art with the Downeys.  John and his children Patrick and Sophie continued their tutelage with the Downey family, shared their passion and knowledge of the art with the students in Foxborough, and were humbled when they received the compliments they got from students and their families.  The Collins family became partners in ownership of the Foxborough Dojo to continue the proliferation of the unique, successful and practical teaching style that the Downeys’ RDMAA system practices.  Sophie and Patrick went on to be great leaders and teachers with their father as they embraced their journey.

Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy, a modern Kenpo karate school

In November of 2012, after several discussions with the Barletta family, we moved the Foxborough school to the Rodman Arena (formerly Iorio Arena) on Route 1 in Walpole between Gillette Stadium and Route 95.  The Barlettas share our philosophy in offering the best training facilities and instruction possible to their students to be able to pursue their passions and goals.  RDMAA is in a huge facility with lots of Dojo space and plenty for families to do while there.  The facility has been active and ever growing since its inception, and will offer Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy many years of stability and security.  We are thrilled to have crossed paths with the Barletta Family, and even more thrilled that many of our students have remained with us in our journey.  Sensei John continues to work and train with the Downey family regularly to expand upon his deep knowledge of Kenpo combined with his over 30 years of experience coaching, mentoring, leading and training children and adults both personally and professionally.  Patrick and Sophie have made very successful use of all they have learned as Martial Artists at RDMAA to excel in all facets of their busy lives.

Red Dragon also offers creative, fun birthday parties as well as numerous seminars and social events throughout the year at their facilities.  We participate in many community events and fund raisers throughout the surrounding communities.  In addition, our annual family summer karate retreat or Family Fun Day are always favorites, offering lots of social community activities, team building activities and of course plenty of karate!

We build our students into confident, capable Black Belts.


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Programs Offered at Walpole

  • Dragons

    5-8 Yrs


    A special program for little martial artists.

  • Youth Martial Arts

    9-14 Yrs

    Youth Martial Arts

    A specialized martial arts program just for kids.

  • Adult Martial Arts


    Adult Martial Arts

    Get fit, while regaining a sense of balance in your life.

  • Birthday Parties

    5 & Up

    Birthday Parties

    Make your next birthday party a HIT!