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Bay State Martial Arts was started by Shihan Brian Sweetser and his bride Laura in 2006. Since then Bay State Martial Arts has become one of the top martial arts schools in the area. BSMA is dedicated to helping each student attain their personal goals through the martial arts.


The fully equipped facility along with professional instruction and family atmosphere enable them to provide students with the positive and educational aspects of the martial arts. Bay State Martial Arts has been helping students of all ages and abilities become the best person they can be.


The motto of the school is "Excellence in Attitude and Discipline".

Congratulations to
Shihan Sweetser
Promoted to Shichidan (7th degree Black Belt) on Sunday February 12, 2017
More about Shihan Sweetser
He began training in 1994 with Grandmaster Rocky DiRico in conjuction with injury rehabilitation. Developing a passion for the marital arts as well as hastening the healing of his injuries, he began competing in regional and national tournaments - eventually earning both State and World Championship Titles!
Shihan also trains in Jujitsu with Professor Dave Castoldi with his specialty of Street Smart Self-Defense and Small Circle Jujitsu.
  • Shodan - 1st Degree Black Belt - Feb 9, 1997
  • Nidan - 2nd Degree Black Belt - Aug 28, 1998
  • Sandan - 3rd Degree Black Belt - May 12, 2001
  • Yondan - 4th Degree Black Belt - Aug 28, 2005
  • Godan - 5th Degree Black Belt - Feb 13, 2010
  • Rokudan - 6th Degree Black Belt - Jan 26, 2014
  • Shichidan - 7th Degree Black Belt - Feb 12, 2017
  • 1998 Inductee into the "Rocky DiRico Hall of Fame"
  • 1998 "World Martial Arts Federation" World Champion in Adult Black Belt Open Hand Forms
  • 1999 "KRANE" Massachusetts State Champion for Adult Black Belt Weapons
  • 2006 Inductee into the "International Black Belt Hall of Fame"
  • 2010 Named "Teacher of the Year" by the "International Black Belt Hall of Fame"
  • 2019 Weapons Grand Champion at the Ocean State Grand National Karate Tournament
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