Our goal at Rise Martial Arts Academy is to impact student lives with the positive benefits of martial arts training.  To instill and uphold the martial arts values of respect, integrity, and self-discipline in order to achieve a level of excellence in all areas of their lives!  


Rise Martial Arts Academy offers exciting and energized martial arts classes for children, teens and adults. Classes consist of martial arts from all over the world. Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, ground-fighting, Jiu-Jitsu, as well as traditional techniques and forms from Karate and Taekwondo.


The owner, Nils H. Johnson, has 25+ years of extensive Martial Arts training and teaching experience in Multiple styles. Johnson, holds several black belts most notably, a second degree black belt in a multi-style martial arts system under Ernie Reyes' West Coast World Martial Arts. Ernie Reyes' West Coast World Martial Arts is one of the most prolific and influential martial arts schools in the world. They have been featured in every martial arts magazine both nationally and internationally. Their World Action Team was one of the first to use creative musical forms in America and have done demonstrations around the world. In addition, Johnson is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and currently studies at Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Waterford CT under Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Dustin Rhodes.

Johnson has worked with many martial arts schools as an instructor, teaching classes and after school programs. Before moving to Connecticut in 2013.


While Johnson’s focus in recent years has been on hybrid martial arts styles, he has a strong foundation in traditional technique and forms, stemming from years of training as a Teenager in Shotokan Karate and traditional Taekwondo.

Rise Martial Arts Academy's newly renovated School offers a bright, energetic training space with new heavy bags and pads, along with a comfortable waiting area for friends and family to view classes.



Monday - Thursday

4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rise Martial Arts Academy 

Old Lyme Shopping Center

19 Halls Rd #103
Old Lyme, CT 06371


Tel: 860-964-7633

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