These photos illustrate our typical practice, but, due to Covid, we will focus on no-contact training until it is safe to do otherwise.
We are different.
Kodokai Dojo provides training in a martial art rarely seen outside of Okinawa. We were the first school outside Japan dedicated to the practical art of Palace Hand, the original 'bodyguard' method of the royal family in old Okinawa.
This style is very practical for today's self-defense needs while also designed to help students develop a calm mind, strong spirit and fit body.
Noncompetitive - Go at Your Own Pace
Our environment is relaxed and supportive. And though we are serious about your learning, we try to have fun. Respect is the cornerstone of martial arts practice and you can expect to be well treated.
We are a small dojo focused on providing a quality experience with a minimum of commercialization.
Women in Martial Arts
It is a sad truth that women need to be concerned about assault. I personally have known many women who have been assaulted, and this violence is mostly done by men.
If you are seeking martial arts for self-defense purposes it is essential that you choose a school with a method that will work for you against someone bigger and stronger, and a school that doesn't have the attitude of a men's club.
Our female students have proven that Palace Hand is a superb martial art for any women seeking practical skills.
You can do this and we can show you how.
Instead of relying on strength or athleticism, Palace Hand teaches you to use leverage, timing, balance breaking and other tactics to take advantage of the attackers force.
These skills are ideal for law enforcement officers, women, men, teens or anyone who may face a larger, stronger opponent.
These techniques can work very effectively without causing excessive harm, yet if necessary, they can be brutally destructive. A unique feature of Palace Hand is that it is specialized for multiple attacker situations.
You'll learn diverse skills that can provide you with the versatility to handle a wide variety of self-defense challenges.
Takamiyagi sensei visiting Kodokai Dojo
When searching for a martial arts school it is important to consider the credentials of the teacher. Where did they learn? Who taught them? In many cases the instructors' experience is nothing more than taking lessons in their nearby strip mall karate school. And many have no actual self-defense experience yet, somehow, they feel qualified to teach you self-defense.
You can do better. Remember, A teacher can't teach you what they don't know.
Learning on Okinawa afforded me access to old techniques and strategies that have been lost in many modern schools. I learned authentic arts straight from the source rather than the Americanized tournament karate found around here. My experiences in the Marine Corps as well as real-life self-defense experience inform my interpretation of these old arts keeping then relevant and practical.
Kodokai Dojo offers you a depth and breadth of training that you simply won't find elsewhere.
A lesson with Takamiyagi sensei- Okinawa.
Yup. That's me. 1978, Nago, Okinawa. Testing before the masters.
What You Can Learn-
A fast and powerful system of strikes
Joint locks and dislocation techniques
Countless throws and take-downs
Defense against weapons
How to use an attackers force against him
Dealing with multiple attackers
How to escape if you are taken to the ground
How to use anything as a weapon
A philosophy useful in everyday life
My Teachers visiting Kodokai Dojo.
These are the people who taught me the things I will teach you.
You don't need any experience to begin. You don't have to be young, flexible, or in shape and you won't get lost in the crowd. Classes are small and personalized.
Palace Hand is also a great style for those with previous training. Many of your old skills will fit right in and you will certainly learn a lot of new material to compliment those skills.
You can do this!
Have any questions?
Practicing with Master Odo in 2002 in the dojo
where I first learned karate in the 1970's.