New England Wellness and Martial Arts (NEWMA) was established in 2016 by Steven Warren as an umbrella organization of Safety and Wellness Programs. With a passion for training and fitness, a certification as an athletic trainer, and 40 years teaching and program administration experience, Warren formalized a curriculum to serve the Seacoast area.
Traditional karate in the Shotokan style administered through the Rochester Shotokan Karate Dojo (RSKD) anchors the Safety programming. Established in 1977, the program has provided karate training and a means to develop the participants mentally as well as physically to the citizens of Rochester and surrounding areas.
As needs developed and certifications were attained, other Safety programs such as women’s basic self-defense through Rape Aggression Defense Systems or RAD and Kubotan Keychain Defense courses were added and are now offered.
The wellness programming at NEWMA was created from Steve Warren’s 30-year experience in the healthcare industry where he developed an appreciation for clinical research efficacy data and using it for the basis for effective wellness activities. The founding program was NEWMA Tai Chi. With over thirty years Tai Chi experience between the two of them, Warren partnered with Andy Settle to create an evidence-based curriculum of Tai Chi training to provide a regular, year-round program for those wanting an on-going option for practice. The NEWMA Tai Chi Program is aligned with Dong Family Yang Style Tai Chi International Organization and has a direct lineage of support to China.
Another clinically researched, evidence-based program of wellness that NEWMA offers is Rock Steady Boxing for those fighting Parkinson’s Disease. Rock Steady Boxing enables people with Parkinson's disease to fight their disease by providing a non-contact boxing-style fitness program that improve their quality of life and sense of worth.
Finally, NEWMA is a Licensed Training Provider and offers regular and routine classes and certifications in Red Cross CPR and First Aid.