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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

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.

Taira sensei

Odo Kobujutsu

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.

Odo sensei

Kenjutsu or Kendo?

There is a difference!

Many people call us seeking kendo classes. We do not teach kendo- there is no kendo in the Rhode Island area.

Kendo is a modern sport while Kenjutsu is an ancient martial art. Kendo was created from kenjutsu.
 

Since 'fencing' (point sparring) is a significant part of kendo, many rules, aiming points and techniques have been modified or abandoned in order for sparring to be safe. Kenjutsu does not include sparring in order to preserve 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. In 1603, mainland Japan was unified under the shogunate and a period of peace ensued for centuries. During this time sword arts in Japan morphed into a means of self-development rather than a preparation for battle. On Okinawa, however, the Ryukyu Kingdom was struggling to preserve independence and the sword arts continued in a different direction- as a martial art designed to deal with an enemy who is trying to kill you.

Seikichi Uehara, the man who taught my teachers, was commended for his expertise with the sword during his time in the Philippines during WWII and Taira sensei always stress the practical side of practice.

Of course, we don't carry swords in our daily lives, but Taira sensei used to frequently remind 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.