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
- 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
- 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.