Dojo Arts

When one awakens and discovers Ki feeling, the techniques of Kokikai become effortless and incredibly effective, even in the face of seemingly impossible resistance.

– Sensei Shuji Maruyama, Kokikai Founder

Kokikai is a practical self-defense system that uses a coordinated mind-body to manipulate balance and redirect the energy of an attack into throws, takedowns, joint locks and pins in order to end the attack as quickly as possible. Practitioners learn to achieve “maximum effect with minimum effort”. Valuable in all aspects of life, the benefits of regular Kokikai training enable the realization of advanced defense skills, profound calm, confidence, respect, and compassion for others. 

Uchiwaza is a system of hand and foot striking based on correct timing, accuracy, and fluid, efficient movement. It’s used to distract or disable in ways that complement the techniques we use in Kokikai

Jōjutsu is the art of the “jo”, or short-medium staff, a simple object of approximately 1.25” diameter x 50” long that has evolved into a highly comprehensive and effective weapon for self-defense.

Kenjutsu is the art of sword combat originally created by the Samurai of feudal Japan over 600 years ago. In our dojo we practice non-sport techniques primarily with a traditional wooden training sword known as a bokken.

Tantōjutsu is the art of the knife. We practice a system of accurate, efficient cuts, joint manipulations and immobilizations that integrate Kokikai and tanbōjutsu techniques.

Tanbōjutsu is the art of the short stick. A 1.25” diameter x 18” stick is used for quick, fluid strikes, joint manipulations, throws, takedowns and pins. This system integrates Kokikai and tantōjutsu techniques. 

Bukitori is the art of empty-hand defense against weapons, and a specialty within Kokikai. This involves defending against and “taking away” traditional weapons such as the sword, , and tanbō, and against modern weapons including the knife, handgun, and rifle.

Train Hard Correctly



Thomas Holmes, 3rd dan

Dan Cullum, 2nd dan

Skylar Bolton, 1st dan

End the attack before it becomes a fight

Dojo Hours

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

5:30 - 6:30

Please note that during the current pandemic conditions, we are training solely in weapon arts and aspects of Kokikai that allow us to maintain social distancing and safe conditions for all of our students and instructors.