Barbara Arrighi

Self Defense Instructor

Barbara Arrighi is the Deputy Chief of Campus Police and has been employed by Mount Holyoke College since 1974. She has trained in Shito-Ryu Karate-Do since 1972 and has taught self-defense for the Physical Education department 1975. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and Holyoke Community College majoring in Police Administration and Criminal Justice and a graduate of the Massachusetts State Police Academy. She is a certified Massachusetts Police Defensive Tactics Instructor, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Investigator. As a DT Instructor, she has taught regularly at the regional police academy.

Arrighi has been teaching RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Basic Physical Defense since 1994. In addition, Arrighi teaches Advanced RAD, RAD Kids, Keychain Defense, Weapon defense and RAD for seniors. She is also a certified Jodo Instructor. Certified in 2001, by the National Self-defense Institute’s SAFE Instructor program she brings the self-defense and safety awareness program to many women. As a Domestic Violence instructor for Massachusetts and RAD she teaches women about the cycle of violence and safety planning.

In July 2000, Arrighi was elevated to a Staff Instructor for RAD Keychain self-defense program and now teaches 8-1 credit RAD Basic physical defense and Keychain Defense classes.

In 2004, Arrighi was awarded the "Susan B. Anthony Award" the highest honor given to a RAD Instructor and in 2005 and 2007 was awarded the "Instructor's Voice Award" by RAD Systems, Inc. in appreciation for dedicated service and for being a regular contributor to the Organizational Newsletter.

As the head instructor of the Bushido Kai Karate Club Arrighi, Sensei is both a licensed Hanshi (Teacher of Masters) and 8th Degree black belt. As such, she is the highest-ranking woman and only woman Hanshi in the Shito-Ryu style. She is a founding member of Shito-Ryu USA Karate Do Kai and a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, she is the founder and editor of "Shito-Ryu Times" the national organization's newsletter.

In 1996 Arrighi Sensei was invited to train at the Hombu Dojo in Osaka Japan. She along with five male Shihans trained with Kenzo Mabuni Soke (Shito-Ryu Head Master) in Japan for three weeks. Arrighi Sensei reported, "It was a trip of a lifetime." To be in the place where so many karate masters trained, taught, and developed Shito-Ryu and other karate styles was an overwhelming experience. Arrighi Sensei said she felt emotionally overwhelmed most of the time and the opportunity to train at the Hombu Dojo was beyond her wildest imagination. Arrighi Sensei felt the spirit of the great masters in the Hombu dojo at all times, "No matter how hard you trained, you could feel their spirits asking you to train even harder, which I did."

Since 1996, Arrighi Sensei has returned to Japan many times to teach, train and judge at Shito-Ryu Karate tournaments.