Practical skills, fun classes, great exercise!

All schools are not the same.

We all having limited spare time to enjoy martial arts.
Yet, so many schools waste your time on point sparring, tournaments, board breaking and other things that have nothing to do with self-defense.

At Kodokai Dojo you will focus on practical skills- no parlor tricks, no showmanship. You'll also learn philosophical aspects of martial arts that can help you in all facets of life.

 Martial Arts designed for self-defense, not sport.

Our martial arts come directly from my teachers in Okinawa. They are very different from other styles you may find in the Rhode Island area.


The things I learned  from my teachers, combined with my Marine Corps training and the experience I've gained in actual self-defense situations, have given us an informed and practical approach to your training.

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

These are not the sport-oriented martial arts that you will find elsewhere. They are not flashy. In fact, they are the opposite of flashy- they are deceptive. 

Instead of relying on strength or aggression, 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. 

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


Master Toma

Learning on Okinawa afforded me access to martial arts that preserve old techniques and strategies.

In contrast, modern martial arts such as karate, judo, Brazilian ju-jitsu, Taekwondo, and MMA, are sports. They are excellent sports, but they are not specialized for self-defense. 



  • Techniques in sport martial arts are designed for one-against-one contests. 

  • Opponents are paired off by size, skill, age and gender. Without this the bigger person would almost always win because of the limitations of the techniques being used. 

  • Techniques used in sport martial arts are optimized for an opponent in front of you. But bad guys often come from behind.

  • Sport martial arts have no strategies for multiple attackers.

  •  The possibility of an unseen weapon is not built into the techniques of sport methods. 


There is nothing wrong with sport martial arts if that is what you like. But it is important to understand that earning a black belt in karate, for instance, will not give you the same skills as earning a black belt in Palace Hand. 

A lesson with Takamiyagi sensei.

Master Taira at Kodokai Dojo.

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 survive, escape or win on the ground

  • How to use anything as a weapon

  • Tactics and strategies to enhance technique

  • A philosophy useful in everyday life


Master Taira visiting Kodokai Dojo.

Testing before the board, Nago, Okinawa, 1978. 

Master Taira visiting Kodokai Dojo.

That's me, your teacher at Kodokai Dojo!
Testing before the board, Nago, Okinawa, 1978. 

Master Takamiyagi visiting Kodokai Dojo.

With Master Odo, 2002.

A break in training on Okinawa! 

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.

You can do this!

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