Ichiban Karate was founded in 1991 by Kyoshi Chick Gavitt. Kyoshi Gavitt spent his life and career with the goal of making good citizens through the study of martial arts. Ichiban has had an enormous community presence over the years, and a profound and positive influence on countless students and families in the South County area. 


With the incorporation of our fitness, and self defense programs, Ichiban Karate and Fitness has become and has remained an area leader in martial arts and fitness.

Our fitness coaches are all certified and experienced and are passionate about getting results. Ichiban Karate and Kickbox is a family-like and friendly environment that keeps members coming back all week long. Three fitness programs allow for varied intensity and focus for a well rounded and complete fitness routine that will help you reach your fitness goals.


Our martial arts programs are instructed by an exceptional team of 2nd-5th degree Black Belt students of Kyoshi Chick Gavitt. A 30+ year veteran of the martial arts, Gavitt held a 7th degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Shidokan, a 3rd degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan, and a 3rd degree Black Belt in Okinawan Weapons. He was one of only 200 Budokon Instructors in the world. Kyoshi Gavitt was also a certified Boot Camp Instructor, Cardio Kickboxing Instructor, TRX certified trainer, Level 1 Muay Thai Teacher, and a Level 2 MMA Fitness Trainer. Our instructors were trained by the BEST and are proud to share their expertise and experience with YOU!


At Ichiban Karate and Fitness, our instructors, coaches, and staff provide individualized attention and support to help you reach your goals. 


All programs are structured to allow for personalized attention to each student.

Click below to learn about the people you will meet at Ichiban Karate and Fitness! Whether you are working towards your next belt in one of our Martial Arts programs or getting into the shape of your life in our fitness classes, we want you to succeed!




Ichiban is a proud supporter of 

KIAI - The Karate Instruction Assistance Initiative


A separate, nonprofit organization providing financial assistance ensuring no one is denied the opportunity to benefit from karate instruction due to the inability to pay.

Visit their website at www.kIAIKarate Scholarships.org  to learn more.

Here's what our members and students have to say!

"Not just about "Karate and Kickbox"...this is a community within a community or more simply put...a family. A family that truly cares about each of its individual members and loves them for who they are & respecting their individuality, while nurturing their desire to grow and be strong in body, mind and soul. In other words, Ichiban is an awesome place for my daughter!"

"Not only is this school top notch in its instruction, where the quality of each instructor exceeds expectations; but this martial arts school offers its students, its families and its community, a safe place in which to learn a new skill. A place to grow and challenge oneself physically, intellectually and encourages a selflessness only martial artists can possess. It translates into the positive 'give back' approach the school as a whole, represents within the community of Wakefield, RI."