Practical skills

Great exercise

Fun classes

All schools are not the same.

We take your development seriously. We won't waste your time on point sparring, tournaments, board breaking and other things that have nothing to do with self-defense training. And adults train in classes designed for adults, unlike some schools where all ages are in the same classes.

Our environment is relaxed and supportive. There is no macho attitude. And though we are serious about your learning, we try to have fun in each class.

 We aren't just saying that we are different. 

We are very different from other schools you may find in the Rhode Island area and there are several reasons for this.


First, we teach a style of martial arts that no school around can offer. We were the first school outside Japan dedicated to the art of Palace Hand.


Second, 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 your training. We know that the skills we teach work because we have sometimes had to use them. We also have seen that what passes as 'self defense' in some schools is pathetic.

Finally, we are a small dojo focused on providing a quality experience with a minimum of commercialization. We aren't a franchise, we aren't trying to pack our classes, we don't guarantee belt promotions, and we don't use payment contracts.

Palace Hand is not flashy or dramatic like many sport-oriented martial arts. In fact, it is the opposite of flashy- it is deceptive. The attacker, in fact, should have no clue regarding what has happened to him as he looks up from the ground. 

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. Another valuable benefit to these techniques is that they work very effectively without causing excessive harm. They can take a person down with a minimum of injury, or, with a minor change, can cause wicked pain and 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 after decades of emphasizing 'sport'.

Sport 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, an assault with a weapon.

In sporting matches opponents are paired off by size, skill, age and gender because the skills do not 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 board of masters.

I was stationed in Okinawa when I was a U.S. Marine.

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.

Takamiyagi Tetsuo

Taira Ryusho

Odo Seikichi

A break in training on Okinawa! 

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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!

Okinawa, with a friend, 1979