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Programs | We have a wide range of martial arts, dance & fitness programs

About Us | New Wave has experienced instructors and competitors

A brief History of New Wave


New Wave was founded as a Shaolin Kempo Karate school in 1985 by Shihan Erik Kugel.  In March of 2000, the academy was passed on to Shihan Fernando Fialho, Mestrando/Sensei Silas Pinto, and Shihan Carlos De La Cruz.  The school has since expanded to an academy that offers several programs – ranging from the traditional art of Kempo Karate, to the explosive MMA, to the fluid art of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, and world dances.  Throughout its transformations, one thing has remained the same – a sense of community, fellowship and commitment to excellence in the performing arts we offer.


One of the greatest strengths of New Wave is the instructors – each with distinct and diverse set of skills that allow for outreaching to a range of students with different personalities and learning styles.





Our Vision


New Wave’s Vision is to become the best martial arts and dance school in Rhode Island.  Our mission is to provide quality mental and physical training to our students at all times.  New Wave is unique in that it creates a learning environment where children and adults from diverse backgrounds can come together and learn from one another.


New Wave is diverse in culture, philosophy, and physical Martial Arts.  Our ability to balance and use cultural diversity to facilitate individual growth is our primary tool of success.



How do we align with your own personal goals?




Shihan Fernando Fialho has a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Chemistry, and is currently a Manager at Amgen Inc. (Bio-pharmaceutical Company).  He has over 20 years of experience in the Martial Arts with a broad range of skills (from Kempo Karate to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).  Shihan Fialho utilizes his knowledge of the corporate world to enhance the business reach of New Wave through his friendly, interpersonal skills.


Shihan is the current Operations Director and Kempo Chief Instructor

Mestrando/Sensei Silas “Tigri” Pinto has a Doctorate in School Psychology (and is a nationally certified school psychologist).  He is able to use his life experiences and educational backgrounds, along with his cultural knowledge, to teach to a diverse audience, with enthusiasm and passion.  Dr. Pinto is a full-time faculty member at Tufts University, Department of Education in the school psychology graduate program.

Mestrando is the current Special Programs Director and Capoeira adult Chief Instructor

Mestrando's areas of expertise


- Capoeira

- Shaolin Kempo Karate

- Tae Kwon Do

- Kickboxing (San Shou and Muay Thai)

- Cape Verdean and Brazilian Dancing


email Mestandro Tigri

Shihan's areas of expertise


- Shaolin Kempo Karate

- Kuntao Jiu-Jitsu

- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

- Tae Kwon Do

- Fight Choreography


email Shihan Fialho

Instrutor Artur “Skarubedju” Ribeiro has Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and currently works at General Dynamics Electric Boat (submarine design, engineering and construction) as a Senior Engineer in the development and design of advanced control systems.  His journey in the Martial Art Capoeira has been a little over 10 years and even though he still young in Capoeira he is eager to share his accrued knowledge, passion, and dedication to New Wave.


Instrutor Skarubdju is the current Business Manager and One of the Capoeira Instructors



Instrutors's areas of expertise


- Capoeira

- Cape Verdean and Brazilian Dancing


email Instrutor Skarubedju

Monitora Nichole "Quati" Pinto is currently a Nursing student  at the CCRI.  Her 30 years in dance and numerous accomplishments including a national acrobatics title makes her one of the best in RI.  She has taught at Hope Spetch School of Dance and the New England Dance Academy, and now at New Wave.  Nichole worked in the Optometry field for 7 years, and has finally found her passion in nursing, and is grateful to reconnect with her life passion, dance!

Monitora is the current Dance and Acrobatics Director at New Wafe Fitness Academy

Nicoles area of Expertise


- Jazz

- Lyrical and Ballet

- Acrobatics

- Capoeira

- Cape Verdean and Brazilian Dancing


email Nicole Pinto

Schedules | We have classes for children and adults starting at 3 years of age

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Upcoming Events

 - FIT-A-THON: March 14th, 11:00 AM at New Wave Self Defense

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