Broad Street Dojo


Aikido is a martial art that is intended to provide effective self-defense with an aim to avoid injury or death. It uses the energy of the attacker and does not rely on physical strength which might be limited due to size.


In our dojo there is a sense of community, dedication, and enjoyment of the art. With Aikido as our practice, most people come away with more than self-defense. They come away with a positive outlook and a comfortable, compassionate power.


Kokikai is the style of Aikido that we practice in our dojo.


Chief instructor Otto Sensei is a direct student of Maruyama Sensei, the founder of Aikido Kokikai International. Otto Sensei was previously a chief instructor at Aikido Kokikai San Francisco. He founded Aikido Kokikai Rhode Island in 2008. He also runs the Brown University Aikido program.


The word dojo (dō-jō) officially means "a room or hall in which martial arts are practiced.” Our dojo is also a community. One of our students said it this way: "a dojo is somewhere you can go to practice an art, but also a place where everyone has mutual respect and a mutual goals.” 

Otto Sensei with

Maruyama Sensei 

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

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Brown University Aikido

Brown Aikido is affiliated with Aikido Kokikai. University classes are held at the Nelson Fitness Center during the school year. Pawtucket-based dojo classes are open to Brown Aikido students year round.