Self defense school moves to new downtown location

NORWICH – An old business is getting a fresh start by moving to a larger facility and changing its name.

Martial arts instructor and business owner Ron Lewis, who began teaching self-defense in 1985, recently opened Tribute Martial Arts and Fitness at 58 Hale St. in the City of Norwich. The building’s previous occupant was the “Touch of Texas.”



Lewis, who is a Norwich resident, had his former school was in a warehouse located behind the Eaton Center. He said he was forced to move because the building was demolished for additional parking space.

In describing martial arts training, Lewis said, “It is an all-in-one activity that promotes confidence, discipline, safety and wellness.”

“We strive to instill in our students a sense of responsibility and respect for another,” he said. “Being a martial artist is not just learning to kick and punch, it’s about becoming the best you can be physically, mentally and emotionally.”


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