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Welcome to Davis Square Martial Arts

We are located in Davis Square at 408 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, less than a 1 minute walk from the Davis Square T stop on the Red line.

All of our programs are taught by qualified black belt instructors and are geared towards your individual goals. Our classes are positive, engaging and will challenge you both mentally and physically.

We offer 3 main programs for beginning students:

If you would like to register for a FREE martial arts class, or if you have any questions regarding our programs, please contact us by phone at (617) 591-9656, or email admin@davissquaremartialarts.com.

Davis Square Martial Arts is located on the Red Line T, with about a 1 minute walk to the school making it convenient to all of Boston. Tufts University, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Belmont and Arlington are all within a 10 minute drive.

Overview of Our Programs

About Our Kung Fu Program

The emphasis of the Kung Fu program is to create a positive learning environment for students to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. The goal of Kung Fu training is for each individual to reach their full potential.  The forms and training (e.g., Shaolin Longfist, Southern Fist, Tiger and Staff) are designed to improve the body’s strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination and control. More importantly, these movements will challenge the student to improve patience, focus, and will power. Through diligent and consistent training, students continue to achieve goals that they once thought were out of reach.

Since most martial arts are derived from China, or Chinese style martial arts, Kung fu training incorporates all of the major kicks found in Tae Kwon Do, the joint locks found in Ai Ki Do (or Chin Na), all of the falls, rolls and throws incorporated in Judo, and all of the hand strikes used in Karate. The northern longfist styles are more open and athletic which makes them great for developing flexibility, balance and coordination. The southern styles typically emphasize “rooting” and strength of posture, thus developing power and making the style effective for short range self-defense. Weapons, such as long staff, broad sword and spear, challenge the practitioner to extend their focus and control beyond their body and into a weapon, developing higher levels of concentration and coordination, as well as strength and flexibility. Instructors: Mark Carletti, Karen Gutterman, Marcus Morimoto, Jason Reed, Jonathan Scott, Melissa Sherrin, Sean Callanan, Peter Medeiros, and Beau Tremblay (more information about this program)

Scout Magazine/SCOUTV interviewed Instructor Mark about the school and our programs:

About Our Tai Chi Programtai chi class

Tai Chi differs from Kung Fu training in both form and intensity. In general, the postures are higher and the movements are slower, allowing the practitioner to focus more on breathing, fluidity, exact body alignment and relaxation. Through the practice of the 24-step Yang style form and a variety of Qigong breathing sets, this class will focus on learning correct breathing, relaxation, balance, strength and flexibility. The goal of this program is to improve the body’s overall health and energy level (by strengthening the respiratory system, the immune system and improving circulation) and is appropriate for students of all ages.

The Tai Chi class is designed to make beginners feel welcome, while challenging more advanced students to develop a deeper understanding of their body’s center and alignment. Each class begins with a relaxing set of warmup exercises, stretching and qigong breathing. This allows the practitioner to break away from the stress of the day by focusing on their body, posture and breathing. The second half of the class is devoted to the Tai Chi form (beginners start with the 24 step Yang style form). Instructors will break the class into smaller groups, depending on experience, to teach the form. This allows beginners to feel more comfortable, and for more advanced students to focus on the more detailed corrections. Tai Chi differs from Kung Fu training in both form and intensity. In general, the movement is slow and graceful with higher postures. This allows the practitioner to focus more on breathing, fluidity, exact body alignment and relaxation. The goal of this program is to improve the body’s overall health and energy level (by strengthening the respiratory system, the immune system and improving circulation) and is appropriate for students of all ages. Students of all ages benefit greatly from practicing Tai Chi. The main benefits are better balance, improved breathing, increased flexibility, more energy, less stress and more patience with themselves and others. (more information about this program)

Children’s Martial Arts Program – Reasons for You to Enroll your ChildGreen belt students before our 2012 Demo

  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Discipline and good manners
  • Improved ability to listen, focus and concentrate
  • Improve grades at school
  • Improve physical strength, flexibility and coordination
  • Learn to defend themselves against an attacker
  • Have fun while learning and exercising

Children’s Programs – Ages 3-15 Years (confidence, discipline, respect & fun)

The emphasis of the children’s class is to create a positive learning environment in which students can safely learn martial arts.  Every child is different, but all students are encouraged to do the best they can to reach their individual potential.  Through listening and putting effort into every class children will develop physically (increased strength, flexibility, balance and coordination) and mentally (increased confidence, determination, patience and self-esteem).  The mental and physical discipline they develop will serve them throughout their lives. (more information about this program)