Our Story

Scott and Holly Lounder are Owners and Chief Instructors at RIOT Martial Arts. They originally started training together, with their children, under Katherine Gallimore and Gallimore's ATA Academy. After receiving their 1st Degree Black Belts and Nationally Recognized Instructor Certifications they purchased the Ellsworth location and reopened as Ellsworth ATA Martial Arts. They ran this school for 11 years, continued their training under Master Donald Verrocchio and earned rank up to 3rd Degree Black belt.


Illness forced the Lounder's to step back from teaching for a few years, but as they have regained their health, they have also regained their desire to continue to see lives changed through the martial arts. They have opened their new martial arts school, RIOT Martial Arts, and are excited to once again be an active part of the Ellsworth Community.


Along with martial arts, Holly Lounder has a degree in Social Work and has worked with children and families in therapeutic and educational environments for 25 years. Scott Lounder also owns and operates Hancock Chimney Sweep and Service, another local Ellsworth, ME business.