Japanese Sword
Traditional Weapons

  • We focus on practical self protection skills.

  • Personalized instruction, small class size, noncompetitive.

  • No contracts, pay one month at a time.

  • Develop a healthy lifestyle, increased agility and confidence.

  • Learn from the only teacher in the state who was trained in Okinawa.

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Improve your fitness and agility while learning functional skills. 

Gain peace of mind knowing that you can protect yourself and your family. 

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Welcome to Kodokai Dojo!

Years ago, as a U.S. Marine, I was stationed in the best place in the world for martial arts training- the island of Okinawa, Japan. 

Over the years I returned to Okinawa several times to continue my studies and my incredible masters travelled to Rhode Island to teach me and my students. 

With in-depth training on Okinawa, actual self-defense encounters, and diverse security experience in America, Africa, Europe and Asia, we offer you world-class martial arts informed by real-world pragmatism.

Okinawan weapons classes

Training You Can Trust

With over 40 years of teaching in northern Rhode Island we have seen countless schools come and go. Many, run as a hobby, last only a few years causing their students to start all over elsewhere. By choosing Kodokai you are choosing a school with both a history and a future. 

Okinawan weapons

Our students come from all over Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Some come to us with previous training, others join with no experience at all. Either way, we can help you to hit the ground running!


Straight from Okinawa to you.

As the only school in the state with an instructor who was trained in Okinawa we are in the unique position to bring you martial arts rarely seen beyond the shores of Japan.

Our martial arts are absolutely authentic and offer you a philosophy and way of life developed by this unique culture.  

Okinawan culture
Traditional Okinawa

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

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Traditional Martial Arts and Wellness

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 but work or school can require sitting for long hours, often in front of a screen. Martial arts can help you unplug while reconnecting with your body, becoming energized, and having some fun.


The way you care for your 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!






We don't use contracts, we're not about trophies or belts. No birthday parties and no child black belts.
Our martial arts are true representations of our teachers styles.


We have invested heavily in our education by traveling to Okinawa repeatedly. With unmatched credentials and over four decades of experience we can help you learn safely, quickly and correctly.


We don't yell, we encourage. We value kindness and we help each other to learn. Classes are small, quiet and our dojo is clean, and spacious. We train with safety and mindfulness. 


We focus on skills that enable a smaller person to handle someone larger and stronger. Diverse skills allow you to defend yourself standing, sitting or on the ground. Learn skills that work for you.

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(401) 678-2148

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Covid Policy

Our dojo is clean and we operate 4 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