This is the place I was thinking of. Understand this isn't a recommendation. I have no experience with the place aside from a couple of online chats with one of the teachers there. But you may want to check it out.
They did a demonstration during the Black Ships Festival this past weekend. There were several other martial arts demonstrations I watched as well. Look into your options and I hope you find the best fit for you.
Psychologically, well, you must understand your typical Rhode Islander has the mentality - "if it is more than a fifteen minute drive - it is too far away!"
Also some other RI factoids regarding driving a motor vehicle, in Rhode Island the person making the left hand turn actually believes they have the right of way.
Part B of that belief - is the infamous "Rhode Island Roadblock" - as a person entering the traffic flow while attempting to make a left turn does feel entitled to block any on-coming traffic (on his driver's side).