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martial arts

Welcome to Rhode Islands authentic dojo. Our martial arts come straight from the source offering not only practical self protection skills and great exercise, but also a lifestyle!

You will learn from the only teacher in Rhode Island who was trained in Okinawa. Our instruction is patient, personalized and designed to provide the skills and confidence you need to protect yourself or your family.

  • Self protection- not sport karate

  • An ancient practice for the mind, body & spirit

  • Small class size, noncompetitive

  • Improve agility, fitness, balance, flexibility

  • No contracts, pay month to month

Okinawa-te was developed centuries ago on the island of Okinawa. Unlike sport martial arts, which specialize in either striking or grappling, this style is specialized for self-protection. The diverse skills needed for self-defense; strikes, throws, joint locks, take-downs, defense against weapons, make this well-rounded style like nothing else around.  
karate, ju-jitsu, self defense


Kenjutsu is the art of Japanese Sword. We teach a full curriculum of kenjutsu and iaido as well as other traditional weapons of Okinawa.


Our classes are taught in a safe, welcoming environment that emphasizes community and respect. We provide personalized instruction allowing you to go at your own pace to insure that you develop skills that work.


With our unmatched credentials you can trust that you are receiving the highest quality instruction and the most authentic training available.


Unlike Americanized schools that fill your training time with choreographed 'forms', tournaments, point sparring and other things of little value, our martial arts are true to their original purpose- effective self-protection. We teach the same 'old-school' martial arts that we learned on Okinawa. Join us today and experience self-defense training in a whole new way!

Welcome to Kodokai Dojo!


I'll be your teacher at Kodokai.

Years ago, while serving in the Marines, I learned martial arts while I was stationed on the island of Okinawa, Japan- the tiny island where karate was created.

Over the years, I returned to Okinawa several times to further my studies. My teachers also travelled to Rhode Island to help us bring these arts to America.

With extensive training on Okinawa, actual self-defense encounters, and diverse security assignments in America, Africa, Europe and Asia, I offer you proven martial arts informed by over decades of real-world experience.

Okinawan karate classes

Trusted Training

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With over 40 years of teaching in northern Rhode Island we have seen countless schools come and go.


We have stood the test of time by staying focused on authentic martial arts and providing our students with skills that work.

Our reputation for integrity, value, and quality instruction have made us a trusted resource for students from all over Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts.


History matters.

Our instruction is informed by years of experience including actual self-defense situations.


Decades of teaching all kinds of people has given us the experience to keep your classes safe and enjoyable while offering a curriculum that is unlike anything else around.

Straight from Okinawa to you.

Our authentic martial arts were developed in the rich culture of Okinawa. More than just fighting arts, they offer a way of life and a philosophy for self-development.


Many of our students find that our martial arts are conducive to better health, inner-peace, a confident demeanor, and a positive outlook. And it's a great way to make new friends and to unplug!

Oknawa- Land of Karate
Okinawan culture

Kodokai Dojo is the
United States Representative of the
Gudokan Dojo, Koza, Okinawa.

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Traditional Okinawa
A Workout You Can Enjoy
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We all need exercise but the gym can so boring! Rather than uplifting your mind and spirit it can drudgery. 

With our classes you can become more agile and strong, improve your balance, your coordination and your reflexes. You can develop confidence and inner calm- and have fun doing it all!

Learning self protection skills presents a challenge to the mind as well as the body and keeps
your practice interesting.

Do something you'll love!

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175 Eddie Dowling Hwy.

North Smithfield, RI 02896

Email is the best way to reach us!

(401) 678-2148

We recommend full Covid vaccination before participating in classes. 

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