At Defensive Edge Martial Arts & Fitness in Boston’s North Shore town of Wakefield, we’ve been helping Men, Women and Children reach their goals of a healthy and fit lifestyle since 1999.  There’s no better way to get in great shape than our Martial Arts and FightFIT Classes!

Our Knowledgeable Martial Arts Instructors are passionate about bringing out the best in every student – in every class!

At our Modern Martial Arts Academy, we feature many of the World’s most powerful Adult Martial Arts and Kids Martial Arts! Including: Adult MMA, Youth MMA, Adult BJJYouth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Adult Muay Thai, Youth Muay Thai,  Kids KarateAdult Reality Self Defense, and Teen Martial Arts – Defensive Edge in Wakefield Massachusetts has it all!

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Defensive Edge offers some of the most popular Martial Arts styles in the World! Our Adult Martial Arts programs will help you get into the best shape of your life, improve your health and give you the confidence you need to succeed both on and off the mat.


Kids love our Martial Arts because they are a blast! Parents love our classes because they are a safe way for kids to become more confident, focused and respectful.  Our modern curriculum is well rounded to help our young students become ready for any of life’s challenges!


Ignite your metabolism and burn up to 1000 calories with our high intensity fitness classes!  FightFIT is packed with metabolic circuits using dumbbells, kettlebells, Battling Ropes, TRX,  gymnastic rings, Harnesses, and Heavy Bags.  Try a Class Today!






kids karate classesWhether you are experienced in Martial Arts, or you have never tried a class in your life; you will feel comfortable here at Defensive Edge Martial Arts in Wakefield, MA.  We offer fun and exciting Martial Arts Classes for adults and kids in a variety of separate programs.  There is nothing quite like our professional martial arts instructors leading you through a high-Fight Fit Fitness Classesenergy workout!  Our famous FightFIT classes are designed for functional fitness. Defensive Edge instructors are dedicated to helping every student become their best!  Students learn technical Martial Arts skills, develop ultimate physical fitness and learn priceless self defense skills.

Martial Arts Character

muay thai classes wakefieldRespect, Self-discipline, Humility, Assertiveness, and Character Development are always emphasized in our fun, family friendly martial arts classes. All of our martial arts classes are excellent for gaining overall health and physical fitness that go well beyond an ordinary Fitness Class! Within a short time, our students gain the benefits of improved strength, fitness, weight management, and coordination. Feel the stress melt away in a fun class that will teach you skills that could save your life!

Discover The Defensive Edge Difference!

Our martial arts classes are designed to not only Fitness Kickboxinghelp you dominate in competition but also bring out the best in you mentally and physically!  We learned a long time ago that if people are having fun, they learn much faster.  Our mission is to develop the kindest people that dominate personally, professionally, and physically.  With our World-Class Martial Arts classes for Kids and Adults – You can too!


Rick Alford is not only a friend but a great instructor. He puts his heart and soul into his teachings.
Rep. Donald Wong
Fight fit is an unbelievable workout. You are dripping with sweat almost the whole time but it feels good. Rick is a great coach/trainer….I look forward to class every week
Christina Coakley
Can’t say enough about how much I love this place. Not only is the staff highly knowledgable but their enthusiasm and desire to teach is contagious. Everybody is so friendly and so willing to help that you enjoy putting in the hard work more than you realize. I’ve had a blast and I look forward to every class.
Jesse Kelly
The best trainers for all levels of training. Whether you are a mom or a Pro MMA athlete this place has hands down the best programs around. My kids love the instructors and beg to go to class. We love Defensive Edge!
Jason James
Some of the best instructors you will find. I have been here for almost a year now and it’s one of the best things I have done. It is a great group of people and a comfortable atmosphere. I’d recommend it to anyone, whether you are an adult trying a class for the first time, or looking to continue. And they have kids classes too.
Nicole Weiler
Best workout since leaving the Marine Corps. Lost 30 lbs. Cant get enough!!!!
Dennis Rooney
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this studio! Very patient with my son, who requires a lot of patience. I was looking for a way for my son to learn discipline and structure. They are very good if your child has special needs. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. So happy with this place!
Tanya Crowell
Very happy that I found this place for my daughters. I am grateful for the flexible schedule and for the supportive, kind, and professional staff.
Nina Anderson
I’ve been teaching martial arts for over 4 decades! Rick is one of my top Black belts. What makes him unique to the Wakefield and greater Boston area, is that he is the areas leader for developing complete martial artists for the real world and competition. He offers the complete package for martial arts excellence at Defensive Edge! Rick is also a very sincere, kind and respectful person. Don’t think twice, if you live in the Wakefield area, it’s an easy choice, Defense Edge!
Shihan Walt Lysak Jr.


Located in Wakefield MA



In Our Martial Arts Classes, Students Learn:

  • Natural responses to many types of confrontation both physical and emotional.
  • To control emotions such as fear and anger in a positive manner to allow for better choices in life.
  • Defensive and Offensive Skills through drills meant to simulate potential encounters.
  • To react ethically and decisively to any encounter they might face.

Training at Defensive Edge could be the best choice you make for you and your family!

Don’t Put it Off

Every champion had their first day.  There are no huge egos here! Every instructor and student is always eager to help new members become more comfortable in class. You won’t find a martial arts school or karate school that cares more for their students than Defensive Edge.

We Are Here For You!

Since 1999, our caring instructors have helped Adults and Kids from all over Massachusetts’ North Shore reach their fullest potential. Many of our students come from Wakefield, Stoneham, Reading, Lynnfield, Saugus, Peabody, and Melrose. From our fitness programs to our martial arts programs, our instructors are dedicated to helping you and/or your family achieve your individual goals. If you need any help getting started, don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We are always glad to help!

Latest News at Defensive Edge

Halloween Party

October 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Halloween Party

Hi Everyone, Next week we will have our annual Halloween Party on Wednesday October 26th! There will be no regular youth classes that day.  Adult classes will be held as normal. Lil' Dragons and Golden [...]

Thank you!

September 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Thank you!

Hello Everyone, We just wanted to take a second to thank everyone for coming out to our Open House yesterday!  We had so much fun and hope you did too!   We want to give [...]

August 30th, 2016|Comments Off on

Hello everyone! Just a reminder that we are closing for the holiday: Friday after 1pm Saturday-Monday We will reopen on Tuesday with our fall hours!   Also, we are just a little less than 1 [...]