When you choose a school, you choose your teacher.

I was bullied as a teenager. I know what it feels like to feel threatened and powerless. But, I have also seen that proper training can change lives.


In the 40 years I have been teaching I have seen people of all types gain skill and spirit through martial arts. Helping others is what excites me about teaching.

I began my martial arts study in 1978 as a U.S. Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. My experiences and training in the Marines greatly informed my understanding of violence and, because of this, I have always focused on the practical side of martial arts. 

Over the years I returned to Okinawa to further my studies. My masters from Okinawa have each travelled to Rhode Island to teach me and my students- Takamiyagi sensei has visited us six times!

Motobu Udundi Instructor
D. Branchaud
Motobu Udundi okinawa
karate instructor Rhode Island
Okinawa kenpo
  • 8th degree black belt - Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobujutsu from Seikichi Odo.

  • 8th degree black belt - Shorin-ryu Seidokan Karate from Toma Seiki.

  • 5th degree black belt - Motobu Udundi Kobujutsu from Ryoshu Taira and Tetsuo Takamiyagi. 

  • US representative of the Gudokan Dojo, Koza, Okinawa.

  • B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Communications.

  • U.S. Marine Corps- US, West Germany, Denmark, and Japan.

Kim Branchaud

My wife, Kimberly, also teaches at Kodokai Dojo. Kim has been practicing martial arts for more than 20 years and has a keen eye for detail inspiring many people to become devoted to her private lessons. 

Kim is a 3rd degree black belt in Karate

and a 4th degree black belt in Udundi & weapons.

Kim has a degree in Zoology and Education.

Kodokai Bo Staff
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Authenticity Matters.

These are my teachers.

The things you will learn at Kodokai Dojo come directly from these Masters. 

Motobu Udundi Classes

au·then·tic  /ôˈTHen(t)ik/


1.   of undisputed origin; genuine

2.   conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features

Takamiyagi Tetsuo

10th degree black belt in Karate

8th degree black belt in Motobu Udundi

Motobu Udundi Master Instructor

Taira Ryusho

10th degree black belt in Motobu Udundi

Udundi and karate teacher
Seikichi Odo Bo Staff

Odo Seikichi

10th degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate and weapons

Toma Seiki

10th degree black belt in Shorin-ryu Karate

The Right Experience- to help you.

My martial arts are different. Informed by actual self-defense experience as well as my time in the Marines, my focus is on self protection and health. My teaching is based upon time-tested martial arts that are adapted for todays world. My amazing teachers and unique experience have prepared me to be useful to you. 

Safe training methods and a holistic approach to developing ones mind, body & spirit can help you develop improved health, greater confidence and inner calm.


Maybe we are the school you've been looking for!

Classes in Motobu Udundi

Lessons with Takamiyagi Sensei covered everything!

Okinawa kenpo karate teacher

Being periodically reviewed by Odo Sensei, throughout decades, was a rare privilege.

karate instruction

Kenya, 1984, Athi Plains

I was asked to do a demonstration to discourage 'shifta' (bandits) from raiding camp.

Motobu Udundi Teachers

A lunch break in the dojo with Takamiyagi Sensei.

Motobu Udundi Classes Rhode Island

Like every other martial art, there is no single governing body for
Motobu Udundi. There are organizations and independent schools located in Okinawa and on mainland Japan.

Our martial arts come from Okinawa- not Japan. 

Taira sensei often reminded to me to tell people that...

"I learned Okinawan martial arts, on Okinawa,
from Okinawan people."
Motobu Udundi Instructor

On Okinawa with Taira Sensei.