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.
Kokikai includes Bukitori the art of empty-hand defense against weapons, which involves defending against and “taking away” traditional weapons such as the sword, jō, and tanbō, and against modern weapons including the knife, handgun, and rifle.
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.
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.
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.
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.