Practical skills, Fitness, Self- Improvement and Fun!
Weapons classes are a great way to stay off the couch and get a moderate 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.
We provide instruction in kenjutsu (swordsmanship), iaido (drawing the sword) and kobujutsu (traditional weapons of Okinawa).
Classes are safe and fun. Movements are uncomplicated and easy to learn but challenging to master!
Avoid fake weapons arts...
Many schools teach 'made-up' weapons moves.
They are for 'show' and are typically without the correct principles, technique and functionality of
historical weapon arts.
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.
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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.
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.
People find our weapons classes to be a fascinating, practical and challenging way to be involved in martial arts.
Our kenjutsu is a little different from other methods and practice is less formal and regimented. Emphasis is on applied techniques as this stye is designed to deal with an enemy who is trying to kill you.
Of course, we don't carry swords in our daily lives, but Taira sensei frequently reminded me that 'All is Ken', meaning 'everything is a sword'. The intent of this method is to allow the practitioner to use anything as a weapon in a self-defense situation.