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When you choose a school, you choose your teacher.

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 rather than tournaments and sport.

My first 25 years of training were focused on karate. Throughout the past 20 years I have focused my teaching on Palace Hand.

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.

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

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

  • Honorable Discharge- U.S. Marine Corps

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. 

4rd degree black belt in Karate

4th degree black belt in Palace Hand & Kobujutsu (weapons).

B.A. in Zoology and Education.

Kodokai Bo Staff
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Motobu Udundi Classes
Motobu Udundi Master Instructor

Taira Ryusho

10th degree black belt in Motobu Udundi

These are my teachers.

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

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

Udundi and karate teacher

Odo Seikichi

10th degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate and weapons

Toma Seiki

10th degree black belt in Shorin-ryu Karate


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.

We are not affiliated with any current Motobu Udundi organizations but I include this link to a Motobu Udundi organization in Okinawa because it can be very difficult to find accurate information regarding this unique martial art.

I am not a member of this organization though I have enjoyed several training opportunities with
many of the teachers.
Motobu Udundi Instructor

On Okinawa with Taira Sensei.

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