Teen and Youth Classes


Kodokai is unique among local martial arts schools. While other schools are about belts, trophies, board-breaking, dodge-ball and movie nights, we strive to provide a meaningful education. 

With forty years of experience we know how to teach- without resorting to gimmicks. 

As the only school in the state with a teacher who was trained in Japan, our reputation for quality karate and ju-jitsu attracts students from throughout Rhode Island as well as nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Our methods-

  • teach practical self-defense

  • improve listening skills

  • encourage initiative

  • build confidence

  • improve coordination

  • provide year round physical activity

  • are fun and challenging!

  • Small Class Size

  • Personalized Instruction

  • Practical Skills

  • No Contracts

  • No Gimmicks

Our Environment

We are about learning. Our environment is calm, quiet and supportive. We provide personalized and patient instruction for each child. 

We encourage kids to work, to think, and to find answers from within. We never yell or demand. 

And we have fun. It's important for kids to learn that work can be enjoyable, and that goals are obtainable.

We do not teach fighting, but we do teach self-defense- something that few schools actually do. Many parents, in fact, bring their kids to us after spending considerable time in other schools but failing to learn self-protection skills.


Every school, of course, claims to teach 'self-defense', but most class time is spent on other things and self-defense is just a buzzword that they know people want to hear. Several of our young students have successfully defended themselves against bullying and other forms of assault.


We emphasize using the minimum amount of force and specialize in techniques that can deter an attacker without unnecessary harm.

Our philosophy emphasizes self-control and self-awareness. We help kids understand that thoughtful work produces valuable results and that they have the means to solve problems and accomplish significant things. 

The confidence gained through proper instruction can change lives.