Welcome to Martial Arts Plus! By making the decision to train at this school, you’ve made a choice that will enhance your life and your child’s life in ways you’ve never imagined. Our meticulously organized curriculum is geared toward helping you develop and enhance the following benefits which, if practiced, you’ll be able to incorporate into the way you work and interact in the Dõjõ (Japanese for martial arts training hall, literally translated as the “place of the way”), as well as in your workplace, school and home.
Our program builds confidence and character by providing each student with control over his or her body and mind; this helps to develop the ability to stand up to peer pressure and other intimidating situations. Martial arts movements improve coordination and increase strength and flexibility.
At this Dõjõ, practical self-defense moves are stressed. The martial arts you learn at this school are based on original art forms which were developed in Okinawa at the time it was actually made for preservation of life. In addition, the instructors have been training, studying, and teaching martial arts in their finest forms for over 30 years.
Because health is very important to your life and self-defense, we emphasize holistic health practices and incorporate traditional Oriental holistic medical knowledge into our practice—each student is observed and given attention for their individual health needs.
The martial arts you learn here have a history of hundreds of years and the instruction is based on the ancient, tried and true Oriental principals of Yin and Yang. These principles teach balance in both movement and life. This is very applicable in today’s modern society to educate children and adults alike in life, as well as martial skills.
Finally, martial arts are fun and exciting for teenagers and adults alike! At Martial Arts Plus, you’ll obtain a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that’s rarely achieved by doing other sports. Not to mention, the training at this Dõjõ is good cross training for any other sport or activity. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to speak to our instructors. We believe very strongly in the value of our program for you and for people of all ages. Training at our Dõjõ, in particular, can benefit people for the rest of their lives.
Shihan Mikio Nishiuchi
Shihan Mikio Nishiuchi is president of the International Okinawa Kobudo Association, which he founded in 1990. He received his training and degrees from Hanshi Shimpo Matayoshi and Kaicho Takashi Kinjo, both of Naha City, Okinawa. Shihan Nishiuchi is now a 7th degree black belt in Pang Gai Noon Ryu Karate, a 7th degree black belt in Okinawan Kobudo and has a Chuden Degree from the 19th successor Hanshi Tomonobu Sawada of Hase-gawa Eishin Ryu from Kochi City, Japan. As a master of masters, Shihan Nishiuchi has dedicated his entire life to the martial arts and has been said to be one of the last samurai in this day and age.
Kinjoh Takashi Kaicho
Kinjoh Takashi Kaicho is well-known among all seasoned budoka in Okinawa, both in karate and kobudō. Kinjoh Takashi first started practice in the Shorin Ryu karate system under Nagamine Shoshin Sensei when he was a young boy. While still in his teens, he started learning Pwang Gai Noon Ryu from Itokazu Seiki Sensei—it was about that time that he started to learn kobudō from Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei. Today, Kinjoh Takashi Kaicho is president of his own budo organization and is second to none in performing the iyeku kata. Although Kinjoh Sensei is powerful and strong in physique, he is very gentle mannered, smiles a lot and always welcomes visitors. He is generous in sharing his knowledge with all and teaches everyone with kindness. Both Nishiuchi Shihan and Bolz Shihan have learned from him.
Dr. (Shihan) Mary Bolz- Chief Instructor
Dr. (Shihan) Mary Bolz is a Roku-Dan (sixth degree black belt) of the International Okinawa Kobudõ Association and teaches and trains for the headquarters’ Dõjõ. She trained arduously for many years, learning classical Japanese karate under Tatara Ken-ichi Sensei in Matsuyama City, Japan, in Wa Do Ryu Karate Dõ, headed by the exceptional Master Ohstuka Hironori, a direct student of Funakoshi Gichin Sensei. She has been training with Nishiuchi Saikõ Shihan for many years in karate-dõ and was his first student in kobudō. She holds a Go-Dan (fifth degree black belt) in Pwang Gai Noon Ryu Karate-dõ and is a student of Kinjõ Takashi Kinjõ of Naha, Okinawa and Nishiuchi Shihan. Bolz Shihan has produced a series of instructional video tapes through Panther Productions on Pwang Gai Noon Ryu.
As the head instructor of Martial Arts Plus and a California-licensed acupuncturist and expert in Chinese herbal medicine, Bolz Shihan opened her own Dõjõ in Vacaville, CA in June of 2003 in conjunction with her Traditional Chinese Medical clinic. She graduated from Meiji College of Oriental Medicine in Berkeley, California from a four-year academic program in Traditional Oriental Medicine and earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree at this same college.
In addition, Dr. Bolz graduated from the Five Branches University in San Jose, California for her doctoral training and earned the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education, pre-physical therapy and pre-med. In total, she has accomplished 10 academic years of education in the medical field and attributes her success in her medical practice to her years of martial arts dedication and training—considering the medical side to be an extension of her “budo.”