Martial Arts expert Dennis Passaretti began his training at age 13 and has continued training, fighting, and teaching uninterrupted for 47 years.

Dennis takes 1st place in his first competitionHis commitment is lifelong and deep.  It is all he has ever done.

Dennis is a complete Martial Artist:

  • Survivor of bare knuckle competition
  • Countless full contact tournament matches
  • Martial Arts instructor at Johnson and Wales University, RI College, and Roger Williams University, as well as YMCA’s and Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs in Providence and the metro area
  • Trainer of hundreds of individuals in and out of the ring, including  champion Muay Thai boxers and kickboxers

By training with Dennis, whether for professional or personal goals, you will benefit from his lifetime of experience.

Career Highlights

Dennis Passaretti's Black Belt Brothers Ohana 1970


  • Began training with George Pesare at age 13 (1966)
  • Promoted to 1st degree black belt by George Pesare (1969)


  • 2-Time New England Grand Champion
  • US National Championship Team Member, winning the prestigious Eagle Cup  (1973)
  • #1 New England Fighter and Top 10 East Coast Regional Fighter as Ranked by “Professional Karate,” “Black Belt Magazine,” and “Karate Illustrated”
  • Appeared in the first edition of “Who’s Who in the Martial Arts and Directory of Black Belts,” which also included Martial Arts greats Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris
  • Appeared in the “Encyclopedia of Martial Arts,” by John CorcoranDennis Passaretti's Kenpo Karate Institute on Federal Hill
  • Ranked one of the Top 10 Fighters in the U.S. by “Professional Karate”
  • Opened “Kenpo Karate Institute,” on Atwells Avenue, in the heart of Federal Hill in Providence, RI
  • Started Tai Chi training with Master John Chung Li
  • “School with Most Wins” awarded to American Kenpo Karate Institute in the 1st North Eastern Amateur Full Contact Karate Tournament


  • Trained professional kickboxing fighters:Dennis Passaretti and Pud Pad Noy Worawoot

Dan Macaruso, PKA World Light Heavy Weight Champion
Chris “The Badger” Baxter, PKA Middleweight World Champion

  • New England Kick-Boxing Association professional comeback fight
  • Began Muay Thai training with legendary Pud Pad Noy “The Golden Leg” Worawoot, 5-time Champion of Thailand
  • New England representative for the World Kickboxing Association (WKA)
  • Promoted WKA fights
  • Awarded Muay Thai Boxing Teaching Certificate


  • Received RI Senate Citation in recognition of outstanding job as a trainer for Chris Baxter
  • Became President of the North American Muay Thai Association
  • Trained Ed Bavelock, US Muay Thai Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Received a Citizen Citation from Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci “For bringing International Muay Thai World Title Event to the City of Providence which opens its arms to the art and discipline of Muay Thai.”


  • Promoted to 8th Dan from Grandmaster Victor “Sonny” GasconDennis Passaretti and Victor "Sonny" Gascon
  • Provides private instruction for individuals
  • Provides advanced training for Air Marshals, Corrections Officers, Police and State Trooper application preparation
  • Conducts seminars across the country for Thai Boxing and Practical Self Defense