Welcome to KIAI, the Karate Instruction Assistance Initiative.

KIAI is a completely volunteer-run, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to empowering youth.


We are not accepting any new scholarship applications at this time.

Our Mission


Serving families in Washington County, Rhode Island, KIAI's mission is to ensure that no one is denied the opportunity to benefit from quality karate instruction due to the inability to pay. We fulfill that mission by raising funds in order to provide financial assistance to qualifying families in the form of karate scholarships.

There are many well-documented benefits that result from taking part in a quality martial arts program. We invite you to learn more about KIAI and consider helping us by making a donation, sponsoring or participating in one of our events, or volunteering to support our efforts to enable more youth experience those benefits first hand.

 “…didn’t appear to have many friends and did not participate in class. He frequently forgot his homework and did poorly on assessments. Since he has been involved with karate, I have seen an improvement in his work, and participation in class. He has started socializing with other children and seems to be gaining more confidence as he progresses.”

~ Teacher