Practical skills

Great exercise

Authentic Training

 We are different. 


As the first school outside Japan dedicated to the practical art of Palace Hand, the original 'bodyguard' method that was created to protect the royal family in old Okinawa, we offer training that you can't get elsewhere.


While our unique martial arts are grounded in tradition and history, my Marine Corps training and experience, as well as the experience I've gained in actual self-defense situations, provide us with an informed and practical approach to what actually works.


We know that the skills we teach work because we have sometimes had to use them. 

Finally, we are a small dojo focused on providing a quality experience with a minimum of commercialization. 

Friendly Noncompetitive Environment

Our environment is relaxed and supportive. And though we are serious about your learning, we try to have fun in each class. 
We won't waste your time on point sparring, tournaments, board breaking and other fluff that has nothing to do with self-defense.
Adults train in classes designed for adults, unlike some schools where adults are in the same classes as six year olds.

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.

Palace Hand is not flashy or dramatic like many sport-oriented martial arts. In fact, it is the opposite of flashy- it is sneaky and deceptive. 

Instead of relying on strength or athleticism, you'll learn 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 work very effectively without causing excessive harm, yet with a minor adjustment they can cause serious destruction.

You'll learn diverse skills that can provide you with the versatility to handle a wide variety of self-defense situations. 


Takamiyagi sensei visiting Kodokai Dojo

Learning on Okinawa afforded me access to old techniques and strategies that have been lost to many modern schools.

Most martial arts, such as karate, Brazilian ju-jitsu, Taekwondo, and MMA, are designed for one-against-one contests. They are not optimized for multiple attackers, attacks from behind, or an assault with a weapon.
They do not focus on skills that enable a small person to beat a larger person. 

There is nothing wrong with sport martial arts but it is important to understand that different schools will provide you with different abilities.

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.

Takamiyagi Tetsuo

Taira Ryusho

Odo Seikichi

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, personalized and noncompetitive.

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!

A break in training on Okinawa. 

Have any questions?

Me. On Okinawa, with a friend, 1979