rhode island dojo




Aikido is a Japanese martial art for self-defense where movements blend with an opponent's momentum. The Kokikai school of Aikido features a logical training system intended to develop effective self-defense and mastery of self.



Our dojo is a member of Aikido Kokikai International and was founded at the direction of Aikido Kokikai founder Shuji Maruyama Sensei.


Chief instructor Otto Sensei is a direct student of Maruyama Sensei. Otto Sensei was previously a chief instructor of Aikido Kokikai in San Francisco. He also runs the Brown University Aikido program.

Maruyama Sensei with

Otto Sensei in Japan

Elements of Training 

There are five core elements to Kokikai training.

  • Empty-hand defense
  • Weapons practice
  • Ki development 
  • Ki breathing
  • Kiatsu
'Ki' can be loosely understood here as a comfortable, powerful coordination of mind and body. 

Principles of Kokikai 

To develop a solid foundation for Aikido we practice Kokikai (Ki) principles:


  • Keep One Point
  • Relax Progressively
  • Correct Posture
  • Develop Positive Mind


These same principles apply in daily life.


class structure

  • Warm Ups (stretching exercises)
  • Aiki Taiso (Ki exercises)
  • Waza (self-defense techniques)

class schedule

Tuesday: 6:30 - 8PM

Thursday: 6:30 - 8PM

Saturday: Open/Advanced

Contact Us

For more information on Aikido Kokikai or to set up a visit to watch a class just send a message below:

Our dojo is a non-profit organization located at 20 Summer Street in Pawtucket, RI.

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Brown University Aikido

Brown Aikido is affiliated with Aikido Kokikai International.


Classes are held at the Nelson Fitness Center. Students are welcome at Aikido Kokikai Rhode Island dojo and Aikido Kokikai national events.