The KBI Legacy

With world class instruction by the Higashi family, the Kokushi Budo Institute offers you authentic, traditional martial arts instruction in NYC with modern day practical applications.

We provide martial arts as a tool for enhancing your quality of life by improving physical fitness, developing a healthy mind and acquiring a time-tested skill set.

Students come from all walks of life: school teachers, lawyers, babysitters, food critics, doctors, musicians, and many more. Many achieve black belts, and we have produced both Olympians and National champions in Judo.

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KBI was originally established in 1965, as a branch of Kokushikan University during an initiative program to globalize Judo in accordance with Jigoro Kano’s vision. KBI is committed to serve the community by providing a martial arts education system in a safe and clean environment.

 judo girlThrough practice at the Kokushi Budo Institute, one learns skill, knowledge and self-discipline while enjoying themselves. This develops a harmonious relationship between the physical and mental being, thus contributing to an individual’s successful participation in society and his general education.