Japanese Sword
Traditional Weapons

  • Self protection- no 'tournament karate'.

  • Small class size, noncompetitive environment.

  • No contracts, pay month to month.

  • Learn from the only instructor in Rhode Island who was trained in Japan

  • A trusted school in the same location for 22 years

Authentic Martial Arts Straight from Okinawa
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Holistic Training for Meaningful Results

We provide instruction in old school martial arts that we personally studied in Okinawa, Japan. 

We focus on development of practical skills. The style we teach encourages mindful practice while offering a fascinating study of technique, strategy and tactics. It's fun, noncompetitive, and a great way to stay active.
Specializing in the rare art of Motobu Udundi Kobujutsu.

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 incredible masters also travelled to Rhode Island to continue to pass on their arts. 

With extensive training on Okinawa, actual self-defense encounters, and diverse security experience in America, Africa, Europe and Asia, I offer you proven martial arts informed by over 40 years of real-world experience.

Okinawan karate classes

We offer you true representations of the authentic practices we brought to Rhode Island from Okinawa.

If you are looking for something with depth and meaning, beyond just punching and kicking, we may be the school you've been looking for!

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A break from training. Lunch in the Dojo, Okinawa.

Decades of 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 true to our arts and by providing our members with training that works.

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.

The experience that we have gained through decades of teaching, the self-defense situations that we and our students have encountered, and the instruction that we have received from our world-class masters have prepared us to better serve you. 

Our students benefit from this experience by enjoying safe classes, learning practical skills, and working through 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.

We don't use contracts so there is little risk in trying us out.

You simply pay one month at a time. 


Many of our students find that martial arts offer a way of life conducive to better health, inner-peace, a confident demeanor, and a positive outlook. Maybe you will too!

Okinawan culture
Oknawa- Land of Karate
Traditional Okinawa

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

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We don't do birthday parties or dodgeball.
We aren't about trophies, belts or breaking boards.
We teach authentic martial arts with no added ingredients!



With extensive 
study in Okinawa, actual self defense experience, Marine Corps training, and four decades of teaching, our credentials are unmatched.


We don't yell, we encourage. We value kindness and we help each other to learn.

Classes are small and calm and our dojo is clean and spacious. 


Our methods do not rely upon strength and enable a smaller person to handle a larger and stronger attacker.
Learn to defend yourself standing, sitting or on the ground. Learn skills that inspire confidence.
Traditional Martial Arts and Wellness

As one of the 'Blue Zones' Okinawa is famous for the health and longevity of its' citizens. How do they stay so healthy? 


Physical activity, being part of a social group, and having a positive and calm outlook all contribute to this health phenomenon. Many people experience these wellness enhancers through martial arts.  

We need exercise for our muscles, brains, and bones. Work or school, however, can require sitting for long hours, often in front of a screen. Martial arts can help you unplug while reconnecting your mind/body, meeting new friends, becoming energized, and having some fun.


The way you care for your mind and body today will have a tremendous impact on how you age. Invest in your health and well-being in a way that is sustainable, challenging and interesting!





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Covid Policy

We operate HEPA filters as well as exhaust fans throughout class. We require proof of full Covid vaccination for participation in our teen-adult classes. 

175 Eddie Dowling Hwy.

North Smithfield, RI 02896


(401) 678-2148