Rondeau's Kickboxing to hold free self-defense class during Open House


“We’re having what will be an eventful day,” Becky Rhodes, who works and trains at Rondeau’s Kickboxing in Johnston, announced earlier this week ahead of Saturday’s open house. “We’ll have everything from a free self-defense class to vendors as well as raffles within a five-hour period.”

The headliner for the weekend will be none other than Christina Rondeau, a true Rhode Island icon and famous United States Champion kickboxer who will show off her newest, spacious and state-of-the-art training facility located at 1408 Atwood Ave.

Rondeau, who is also known for her tireless charitable work, also owns and operates a smaller facility on Killingly Street that was once a Cumberland Farms convenience store.

Saturday’s activity, though, will be held at the new and colorful Atwood Avenue location and will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.

“The day will start at 9 o’clock in the morning, so please come and check out our classes in action,” Rhodes said. “We’re inviting people to take advantage of this phenomenal opportunity to attend our Fitness Kickboxing Classes that will be held at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.”

She added: “Then, at approximately 11:15, our kids’ class will be available for children ages 7 to 12. Please, come and see what all the talk is about, as you get the best workout of our life. No experience is necessary and our instructors will be working with you during each class.”

Rhodes also announced that Rondeau, a 5th-Degree Black Belt who has owned and operate Rondeau’s Kickboxing for years, will be teaching a free Self-Defense Class for adults and children over age 14. During the class, the participants will learn effective and proven self-defense and personal safety techniques all at absolutely no charge.

The day will also include exhibition fights that Rhodes said will start at 1 p.m., and members will step into the ring to raise money for Knockout Wishes, the famed charity that Rondeau founded and continues to support each and every year. Funds are utilized to help others in the community who are going through hardships.

So, as Rhodes added: “Please stop by and check out what we are all about. She said the say will include books signings, vendors, raffles and prizes and that Rondeau, who has authored several interesting books includes the children’s book – ‘Wimp and Made with Love’ – will be available for both signings throughout the day’s events.”

Vendors are also being accepted and those that are interested should call Rondeau at (401) 996-5425 or


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