Head Instructor

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.

Teaching Philosophy

The philosophy of Mountainside Martial Arts Center 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

The teaching curriculum is based on bio-feedback and the study of Kinesiology, which in turn consistently enhances fine, gross and social motor skill development. The physiological outcome promotes stronger focus, balance and self-esteem.

Sensei Rick Savagian

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
  • Member Board of Directors International Wado-Ryu Karate-do Renmei

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

Professional/Competitive Experience

  • Licensed USA Safe Sport Instructor
  • Licensed USA Karate Referee
  • 2016, 2009, 2002, 1999 USA Wado-Ryu 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

Member of Valley of the Sun Community

  • Game Operations Director Fiesta Bowl Committee
  • Chairman Executive Leadership Committee (Life Members)
  • Member Arizona Sports Entertainment Commission
  • Arizona Sports Organization Board of Directors
  • Member Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Arizona Leukemia Board - Emeritus
  • Member, Sun Angel Foundation, Arizona State University - Emeritus
Instructor/Assistant Administrator Jackson Williams and Lead Administrator Kelly Smith

Instructor/Assistant Administrator Jackson Williams and Lead Administrator Kelly Smith