Kotokai is a Japanese Cultural Center in NYC and offers courses in traditional japanese art forms.
The largest of these clubs was the Aikido club under the stewartship of Aikiko Sataki Shihan, a direct student of Ueshiba
the founder of Aikido. Aikido is currently the only club that is allowed to be taught outside the NY Kotokai. currently
there only four instructors that are authorized to teach outside the Kotokai main school. The Aikido Kotokai Texas in Plano Texas
is one of the four approved outer schools, it is under the direction of Charles Hollis, Sensei and is strongly endorsed by the
Kotokai in New York.
The Kotokai Aikido Texas is currently a 501.C3 not for profit school and is part of the RSA - Group organization.
This program offers special considerations for students that qualify for sponsored admission. For more information
speak directly to the head instructor or the Dojo - cho.
The Kotokai does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
Charles Hollis, Sensei began his studies under Sataki Shihan in late 1984 in Manhattan and studied intensively
for over 30 years. In the year 1998 Hollis Sensei was promoted to Dojo-cho (Headmaster direct representative).
During this time Hollis Sensei also studied Daitoryu under Miguel Ibarra.
Hollis Sensei extensively used his Aikido Training during his 20 year career as a NYPD Police. He was a
patrolman in South Bronx and later in his career he servied in the Tactical Training Unit of the NYPD Police Academy.
While teaching in the academy Hollis founded the NYPD Aikido club. Officer Hollis was a first responder on
Sept 11, 2001. Hollis retired as a senior officer in charge of the domestic violence apprehension unit. Since his
retirement he accepted a position as a special deputy with the United States Marshall Service.
Hollis Sensei earned the rank of Shichidan (Seventh) Dan on June 9th, 2014 and is currently the director for Non-Asian members of the Kotokai.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of
the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical energy, as the
aikido practitioner "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The
techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks. Aikido can be categorized under the
general umbrella of grappling arts. Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū
Aiki-jūjutsu. The founder early students' documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu. Many of the founder
senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending on when they studied with him. Today
aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis.