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What Some Of Our Students Are Saying

Roman M.

I started practicing at Kokushi Budo about three years ago and since then fell in love with judo! Sensei Higashi and everyone else here is very supportive and friendly. You will get chance to practice with some of the best judo players in NY. Highly recommend !

Karl P.

Nobuyoshi Higashi Sensei has been teaching martial arts for over 50 years. He’s one of the last remaining real deal in martial arts and this place has been (sort of) in secret for many years, since there is really no advertising outside of, “located under a Buddhist Temle) This is a family owned Dojo. Old School. No frills, No BS. Sensei’s son is an international ranked Judoka. I had a trial training session here which was very meditative, challenging and exhausting. Throws upon throws upon throws. Be prepared to get exhausted but learn culture, respect– Budo. Practical, deadly.

Chloe C.

A friend recommended me Kokushi Budo, and I’m so glad he did. This is a family run dojo, and you learn real authentic judo from Shintaro Higashi, two time USA national champion. There’s no comparison for the quality of instruction you’ll receive! Everyone is super friendly, no attitude and there are a lot of senior level students who are extremely willing to help out with the new students. Everyone here really knows what they’re doing and have a real love and appreciation for judo. It’s really great to be part of the community! In addition, they also have aikido, karate, and jujitsu – plus the dojo is ‘hidden’ in the basement of a Buddhist temple – really cool and so New York.

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NY Times: Throwing punches in a Church basement, martial arts school

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Throwing punches in a church basement.  An neighborhood joint article in the New York Times about Kokushi Budo Martial Arts school in NYC Throwing punches in a church basement: NY Times!

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Promotion fall 2015

Promotion form due October 21st.   Judo Promotion 2015 pdf

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Seen around the dojo 2

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Meet Michael Oshima. Michael grew up in Somerville, MA, outside of Boston, as a big Patriots and Red Sox fan. He spent a year in Japan learning Japanese and re-learning judo on the mean mats of Tokai University. He attended college down the street from his house at Harvard University, and earned a degree in

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Seen around the dojo #1

Meet David Derrico (M.A. in Viola from Manhattan School of Music)   When David isn’t at the dojo diligently honing his Judo techniques in the adult’s class, you may find him creating music with his Viola in hand.  For those of you who don’t know, Viola is a musical instrument, which serves as the middle

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KBI Judo day camp summer 2015 application form

Please send completed form to Shintaro@kokushiBudo.com or bring it to the Dojo.  Thank you! Day camp application  

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Martial Arts Self-Defense in NYC: KBI Featured in Chopsticks!

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KBI was recently featured in Chopsticks NY, a website about Japanese culture. At KBI, we teach traditional Japanese martial arts but with a focus on real-world, practical application. So if you take classes with us, you won’t be spending time breaking boards, but you will be pushed physically and mentally through drills and sparring that

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Is Martial arts in NYC right for you?

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  At KBI, we take pride in the satisfaction our students get in learning martial arts. Our goal is to try to provide the best martial arts instruction in NYC for any all types of practitioners – from competitors to people who are just looking to get into shape. We don’t look for fame, but

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