Develop practical skills and improved strength and agility.

These photos illustrate our typical practice, but, due to Covid, we focus on no-contact training for now.

Something Different 


Kodokai Dojo specializes in martial arts rarely seen beyond the shores of Okinawa. Our main style is Palace Hand and it was created 500 years ago as the 'bodyguard' method of the royal family in old Okinawa. 


Udun = Palace

Di = Hand


Palace Hand is known in the Okinawan language as Motobu Udundi or Ryukyu Udundi. 


Palace Hand is a functional style focused on practical self-defense. It is a great method for those who want the benefits of 'traditional' martial arts for self-protection.


A diverse art of strikes, throws, take-downs, joint locks, chokes and much more, Palace Hand is adaptable to a wide variety os self-defense situations.


Palace Hand looks and functions like a mix of several styles. With karate-like strikes, the fluidity of aikido, and throws and joint locks of ju-jitsu, it is unique and versatile. 



Takamiyagi sensei at Kodokai Dojo

Of course, every school claims to teach self-defense, but this means different things to different instructors.

Defense against multiple attackers?

Against a bigger stronger attacker?

Does the attacker have a weapon?

What type of weapon?

In order to be reliable, self-defense training must be the focus of practice, not something you dust off occasionally. 

  • Palace Hand is one of only a few martial arts specialized for dealing multiple attackers. 

  • Defense against weapons (and knowing how to use anything as a weapon) is a fundamental part of our practice. 

  • We do not rely upon strength. We use gravity, momentum, torque and leverage to use the enemies attack against him.

  • Diverse skills: strikes, throws, take-downs, chokes and joint locks, allow you to handle to a wide variety of situations.

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 and you don't need to be nervous about joining.
We understand that everyone does martial arts for different reasons. For some it is something they always wanted to do, for others it is a hobby, a way to get in shape, or a means to gain confidence in self-defense abilities. For a few, it is a lifestyle. It's all good!
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.


If you are seeking martial arts for self-defense it is essential that you choose a school with a method that will work against someone bigger and stronger, and a school that doesn't have the attitude of a men's club. 

In the last 20 years, 48% of our students who have made it to the black belt level have been female.


You can do this and we can show you how.


What is class like?

We are currently abiding by state regulations which prevent contact training. We are focused on improving fitness and flexibility while developing striking skills (kicks, elbows,  knees, open hands). We also are teaching weapon classes (sword, staff, etc...).

Those who start now will be ready to hit the ground running once the restrictions are lifted. There is no need to wait as there is plenty to learn right now!

Different Schools Produce Different Results

Every martial arts school is unique. 

Kodokai Dojo is a small school offering personalized training in traditional martial arts with a focus on practical skills. While we do award rank when appropriate, we aren't about belts, stripes, trophies, point sparring or other fluff.


Our martial arts offer well-rounded self protection skills grounded in proven techniques but adapted for todays world. Safe training methods and a holistic approach to developing ones mind, body & spirit can help you develop improved health, greater confidence and inner calm.

Lessons with Takamiyagi sensei covered everything!

That's me. 1978, Nago, Okinawa.

Testing before the masters.

Athi Plains, Kenya, 1984, I was asked to do a demonstration to discourage 'shifta' (bandits) from attacking camp.

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.

If you have previous training, or maybe you have been out of the martial arts for a while, Palace Hand is a great style to get you back in the dojo. Some things will be familiar to you and there will be plenty new skills to learn- you won't be starting all over again.

Practicing with Master Odo in 2002 in the dojo

where I first began in the 1970's.

Taira sensei at the Gudokan Dojo.

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