Renshi Rich Borges began his martial arts training in 1994, and holds black belt ranking in Shotokan Karate, Aikido & Kobudo (Weapons). He is also an Advanced Pediatric Ninja Specialist with SKILLZ Worldwide. The bulk of his training comes from Kancho John Almeida, Sr., Sensei Jack Leonardo and Sensei Joe Borges. Rich has also had brief training in several other martial arts such as Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Kempo, Uechi-ryu, Kyokushin, Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do. He continues his training with Almeida’s International Karate-Do Association (A.I.K.A.), as well as seminars by other instructors in various styles.

He has competed nationally and internationally over the years. He was one of the top Northeast competitors in forms, weapons and sparring on the IPPONE circuit. Beyond the arena, he co-promotes the Worcester Classic & IPPONE Kick-off Tournaments.

Rich is a Certified C.O.B.R.A.™ Self-Defense Instructor. He specializes in self-defense, and has traveled internationally to help law enforcement personnel with armed and unarmed combat. He has also instructed classes for children and women’s self-defense.

For the past 30 years, Rich has been a devoted practitioner and instructor of Shotokan Karate under Almeida’s International Karate-Do Association (A.I.K.A.). As the chief instructor of Borges Martial Arts, overseeing two locations, his mission is to create an inclusive and exceptional training environment for students of all ages, races, sexes, and experience levels. While maintaining an active presence in competitions, Rich now channels his energy into imparting his skills to the next generation.

Martial arts has always been an important part of his life. He met his wife Allison at a kickboxing match in 1999. Over the years they would compete at several tournaments, cheering each other on. It wasn’t until 2014 that they began their life together, and now enjoy martial arts as a family with their daughters Lucy & Marisol.