Ahwatukee Foothills Village
Phoenix, AZ
(480) 759-4540

Teaching Philosophy

Sensei Rick Savagian

Sensei Rick Savagian expects all students to become better citizens within their communities and, in a broader sense, their country. Proper respect is expected at all times. The extension of courtesy is a founding principle of the dojo.

The philosophy of Mountainside Martial Arts Central is based on the principles  and precepts of Wado-Ryu:

  • Uphold the Principles of Propriety and Courtesy
  • Cultivate the Spirit of Effort
  • Perfect a Mind of Patience
  • Live the Way of Truth
  • Do not Lose Self Control, or Act in a Violent Manner.

Sensei Savagian also places a strong emphasis on motor skill development, focus, and balance to enhance one’s self-esteem.


Martial Arts Experience

  • Martial Arts training since 1964
  • Wado-Ryu training under Shihan Toshio Osaka since 1979
  • Other styles trained, Keichu-Ryu, Ku-Fa, Shinkendo
  • President and Head Instructor of Mountainside Martial Arts since 1979
  • Vice President, Board of Directors Wadu-Ryu USA

Educational Experience

  • Graduate of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, B.S. Physical Education, M. S. Exercise Physiology
  • Instructor, South Mountain Community College
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Assistant Coach, Arizona State University

Member of Valley of the Sun Community

  • Member, Arizona Leukemia Board
  • Member, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Committee
  • Member, Sun Angel Foundation, Arizona State University

Professional/Competitive Experience

  • 2009, 2002, 1999 USA World Team Coach (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 2005 World Cup Designated USA Head Referee (London, England)
  • 1984 USA Wado-Ryu World Team Competitor (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1973-1976 University of  Wisconsin-La Crosse Track & Field Team.

Executive Staff Rick Savagian - President Head Instructor - Krista Campisano - Operations Director
Rick Savagian - President, Head Instructor & Krista Campisano - Operations Director