'All is Ken.'
- Taira sensei
'Everything is a Sword'
Wether you have a stick, purse, book or nothing at all, our weapon arts are all about technique and function.
Of course no one carries a sword. But the strategies, tactics and techniques of the sword apply to anything you can get your hands on.
This is what separates our authentic weapons arts from the others.
Kenjutsu with Taira sensei, Okinawa.
Weapons classes are a great way to stay off the couch and get a whole body workout while learning new and challenging skills.
You do not need any martial arts experience and you may join our weapons classes without joining other classes.
Classes are safe and fun. Movements are easy to learn but challenging to master.
Why Join Kodokai Dojo?
Sure, every school does a few token weapons forms. But, the truth is that very few instructors actually have rank in weapons arts (Kobujutsu, Kenjutsu). And having rank in karate or taekwondo does not qualify a person to teach weapons.
The weapons training available in many schools is made-up, pure showmanship or just learning 'forms'. The focus is entirely on looks and not function. In other words, you learn a performing art, not a martial art.
Showy moves win trophies, but there was no place for showy moves on the ancient battlefield. Function and showy are polar opposites.
We focus on function.
Our weapons arts are absolutely authentic and focused on practical skills.
You will learn from a master instructor ranked 5th degree black belt in Motobu Udundi Kobujutsu* and 8th degree black belt in Odo Kobujutsu*. With over 40 years focused on functional training, our approach to weapons is different.
*Kobujutsu is the term used for weapons arts.
1978, Shudokan Dojo, Okinawa where I studied under Seikichi Odo.
Here is a peek into some of my personal training with Taira sensei and Takamiyagi sensei. The weapons arts that you learn at Kodokai Dojo are absolutely legit and come straight from the source.
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As our student you will learn from the two weapons systems that I personally learned in Okinawa.
Udundi Kobujutsu, being the martial arts of the ruling family, includes weapons that were not available to commoners. The katana (samurai sword), straight swords, naginata and broadswords are examples of this.
Udundi was a battlefield art and, therefore, has unique strategies and skills for dealing with multiple attackers. Udundi was also a bodyguard art and includes many forms of restraint and non-lethal use of weapons making it a very practical method.
I was taught by Masters Takamiyagi Tetsuo and Taira Ryoshu and I am a 5th degree black belt authorized to teach this method.
Odo Kobujutsu is one of the more diverse weapons systems of Okinawa. It employs practical strategies and powerful techniques.
This style represents the lifelong work of my teacher, Odo Seikichi, who researched various methods of weapon usage under the tuteledge of masters Matayoshi, Toma, Kakazu, Nakamura and Seiko.
I learned directly from Odo sensei and was awarded every rank, starting as a white belt, up to 8th degree black belt, directly from him.
There is a difference!
Many people call us seeking kendo classes. We do not teach kendo and there are no kendo schools in Rhode Island.
Kendo is a modern sport developed from the ancient art of Kenjutsu (we teach
Since 'fencing' (point sparring) is a significant part of kendo, many rules, aiming points and techniques have been modified or abandoned in order to make the sport safe.
Kenjutsu does not include sparring which would require changes that would decrease its' lethality and practical effectiveness.
Our weapons classes are often our most popular classes and there is sometimes a waiting list to join.
Students are required to purchase the weapons to train with. Don't go out and buy weapons because much of what is available is junk and is not safe for proper practice. We will either tell you where to buy decent weapons or we will have them available for purchase.
If you are interesting in something different, challenging, fun and practical, send us a message to learn more.