Reopening Update


July 15th, 2020 

Dear KMAA members and instructors: 

I hope that this letter finds you healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. It has been difficult for many people, to say the least, to adjust to the numerous changes in work and social life. The KMAA instructors sincerely wish you and your family are doing well during this challenging period. 

It has also been difficult to assess when we will be able to reopen as an academy and resume our martial arts training together. Businesses were cleared to reopen in late May, but the sharply increasing number of cases in June caused the state to shut down all gyms again throughout July. The instructors and I had discussed opening in August but the number of Covid 19 cases we are currently experiencing in our immediate area, combined with the number of hospitalizations and our hospital capacity being at nearly 100% make that plan unrealistic and not safe for our community. Your and your family’s safety is of utmost importance to us so we want to be very careful about this decision. 

The CDC had previously given states guidelines for when reopening businesses could be done safely. These included seeing a decreasing number of cases and hospitalizations over a 14 day period, a decreasing percent of positive test cases, adequate testing available and sufficient contact tracing for Covid 19 cases in place. We have come to the conclusion that we should wait to reopen our academy until a time when these conditions described by the doctors and scientists are met. Ignoring those guidelines previously has had negative consequences for our country and our community so when we as a city and state meet those CDC parameters then we will reopen our academy and resume training safely together. 

Until then, please continue to check in with us to see any updates that may come up, practice as much as you can and stay safe and healthy as we get through this difficult time together. 

Yours in the martial arts, J. McGraugh, Shihan Director - KMAA


June 13, 2020


Dear KMAA members, instructors, families and friends:
I hope this letter finds you and yours safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. 

The KMAA community has always been a very tight-knit family that believes in the many benefits that martial arts training brings us. We honor and practice the philosophical principles of Kodenkan founder Professor Seishiro H. Okazaki. In “The Esoteric Principles of Judo” he provides concepts that help us develop our character through this training -- among them: respect, discipline, selflessness, gratitude, humility, courage, honesty, and kindness. 

In these principles he urges those who practice the martial arts to “be ever mindful of one’s obligations to the general public.” To honor that principle we find it necessary, out of an abundance of caution, to temporarily suspend operations as an academy until such a time as it is safe to resume training together. 

Keeping our members, instructors and their families safe is the primary consideration for this course of action . There are numerous logistics surrounding resuming practice at this time that would make keeping people safe during workouts very difficult. 

Professor Okazaki also teaches us that “strenuous effort and diligence conquers adverse circumstances.” Opening up a dojo that perpetuates these principles became a dream for me when I was 15 years old. It took over 20 years to realize that dream. The persistence it took to establish our dojo is far greater than the temporary inconvenience of pausing our operations. This pandemic will pass and we will be able to train again together soon. 

The success we’ve had over the years would have been impossible without the unwavering persistence, dedication and support of our KMAA instructors and members, and that same spirit will help bridge this gap. If you are in a position to help KMAA through this transition -- any donations or payments made through our website will go towards storage fees and reopening costs -- your support during this temporary cessation of operations would be greatly appreciated. 

Our KMAA community has created a unique atmosphere for our students and instructors that isn’t contained in a physical location, but in our spirit and compassion for others. Putting others’ safety first is rooted in who we are as a community. This temporary pause in operations is in keeping with the principles that we have held close to our collective hearts since we established our academy. I look forward to training with you all again as soon as possible. Please take care, stay safe and be ready to resume training as soon as conditions permit. 


Yours in the martial arts,

J. McGraugh, KMAA Director




The Kodenkan Martial Arts Academy (KMAA) offers a safe, friendly and professional atmosphere for you to learn martial arts  with classes for children, teens, women and men. KMAA instructors are highly qualified and experienced.


No contracts are required at the KMAA. You pay a low month-to-month rate, one of the most affordable in Tucson!


The KMAA offers discounts for students, families and members of our military.


Learning a martial art is a great way to get in shape, develop discipline and self- confidence. We will be happy to help you decide which style suits you best.



Welcome to the Kodenkan Martial Arts Academy. 

After 30 years of martial arts study I’ve come to appreciate the benefits that various martial arts have to offer. From flexibility, strength, and balance to fighting techniques, self-defense skills, or just plain having fun there are many good reasons to study the martial arts.

I’ve also realized that there is a vast difference between “martial arts” as we traditionally view them, and “fighting arts” that are basically sports, and “defensive tactics”, which would be techniques and training used in the most extreme of circumstances.

Here at the KMAA we have arts that offer all three of these approaches to martial arts study. We’d love to have you come by watch a class you’re interested in and see what we’re all about.



The Kodenkan Martial Arts Academy was founded in 1992. Our mission is to offer the Tucson community quality martial arts instruction. While our instructors may practice different styles, they are united in the belief that the practice of the martial arts improves the fitness, discipline and spirit of its participants. We are proud of our work, and of the students we have trained through the years. 

Our goal is to perpetuate the teachings of Professor Seishiro H. Okazaki, founder of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. His principles show us that the primary objective of studying martial arts is the perfection of character.

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