Polander Academy of Martial Arts

Polander Academy of Martial Arts

Polander Academy is the place to learn Okinawan Kempo Karate- a Life Protection Art. We offer kids karate, adult martial arts and self-defense in Bethesda.

This is not a sport. This is a Life Protection Art, passed down from ancient Okinawan warriors to our Grand Master Seiyu Oyata. Train with dojo owner Kyoshi Peter Ciecwierz Polander, a 7th degree Black Belt and senior student of Taika Oyata at our Bethesda, MD location. Karate is a blend of physical, mental and spiritual elements. It offers life-changing benefits, not found in any other activity. It is fun yet challenging, capable of honing you – gradually – into the best shape of your life. You will loose those unwanted pounds, firm up soft muscles and hold off premature aging. It is the perfect life long activity. It can be practiced at any age, does not require exceptional flexibility or natural talents, only a desire to improve your physical, mental and emotional condition. The wonderful team of instructors at Polander Academy (high ranking Black Belts with at least 15 years of Martial Arts experience) is dedicated to sharing their experiences and knowledge with you to bring about positive changes not only in physical fitness but also in awareness and attitude!

Mission: Join our group page to discuss martial arts and Ryute Kempo Karate: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/polander/

Meet our outstanding instructors!!!

Nathan Rutter Films

Hopefully the beautiful site will be rebuilt soon!

Short film I made in memory of Shurijo Castle. I had the opportunity to film this historic landmark weeks before it went up in flames.

Halloween karate style!!!

Direct link to make the hotel reservation at discounted price. Free cancellation!

Fun night of games and scarry movies!
Still time to register and save!

Dojo will be closed today, October 31st


Japan Shuri castle fire: blaze engulfs ancient world heritage site

What a terrible historical loss.
Our thoughts are with the people of Okinawa 🙏

theguardian.com Fire spread quickly through 600-year-old site dating back to Ryukyu kingdom in Okinawa

Welcome to Polander Academy!
The place where you face your fears and punch them in a face 👊🤣

Looking forward to a great weekend of training!

UPDATED WINTER CAMP FLYER - We have updated our Winter Camp Flyer to include the addition of Peter Polander, Hanshi as an additional Guest Instructor. Hanshi Polander is also an Okinawan Kempo practitioner coming from the Oyata Line of Nakamura's Okinawa Kenpo Lineage. We look forward to an excellent training opportunity to expose our participants to the basic principles and concepts of both the Odo and Oyata lineages.

Halloween Class! 😱👻
Wednesday, October 30th.
Wear your costume to a fun filled karate class and bring a bag for all the yummy treats 🍬🍭
Friends are welcome!

Remembering our Grandmaster on his birthday.
The one and only Taika Seiyu Oyata 🙇‍♂️

A block of rooms has been reserved for our event:
The Westin Tysons Corner
7801 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
703 893 1340
Please mention "Hands of Okinawa" for a great discounted rate:
$99 single occupancy
$109 double occupancy
FREE CANCELLATION so don't wait too long!
We know the rooms will sell out quickly!!

You can now register for this spectacular event!
Outstanding, knowledgeable instructors and a beautiful venue!
All ranks and systems are welcome to join us!!!

Boo! 😱😱😱
It's always so much fun! We can hardly wait!!

Congratulations to our beginners on passing their first tests!!

Wonderful event! Proud to be a part of it!!

Historic Gathering at IKKF Honbu - On Sunday 9/29/2019, three senior masters (Hanshi’s) in the down line of Shigeru Nakamura, Founder of Okinawa Kenpo came together for a training. The downlines represented were: Odo Sensei represented by C. Bruce Heilman; Kina Sensei represented by Kiyan Sensei; and Oyata Sensei represented by Polander Sensei. Nakamura’s Lineage is Strong. 👍👏👍

Okinawan Karate Seminar, Warsaw 2019

Keeping Taika Oyata's legacy alive!

We had a great time in Poland but already planning the next spectacular event.
Join us May 16th - 17th in VA, USA

Hanshi Polander will be inviting the most knowledgeable Okinawan Martial Arts Instructors to share their art.
Great training, great martial artists, great atmosphere!


[09/30/19]   Dojo is open today, September 30th.
See you in class!!

Polander Academy team attending Okinawan Kenpo Seminar with Kiyan Sensei.
Odo, Kina and Oyata lineages coming together for a great day of training!

Thank you Heilman Sensei for hosting a great seminar and big thanks to Kiyan Sensei for sharing his art 🙇‍♂️Our sentiments exactly:
Okinawa Kenpo Strong 👊👊👊

Photos from Kiyan Seminar at HKA Dojo / IKKF Honbu Sunday. Great turnout as three down lines of Shigeru Nakamura’s Okinawa Kenpo we’re represented: Odo, Kina and Oyata. Okinawa Kenpo Strong 👍❤️👍

Jesse Enkamp

Proper dojo etiquette - we cannot stress this enough!

Learn correct dojo manners! 🥋🇯🇵⛩️

Enjoy the long weekend!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Sayonara Party!
"Sto lat" (may he live hundred years) sang to Sensei Hokama!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Sayonara Party for Sensei Hokama!
Great time with awesome people 🍻

[08/28/19]   Thursday, Aug. 29th
6:30pm - Open Training
8pm - Dojo Night Out!
All Junior and Adult Students are welcome!!

The best thing about memories is making them!

What made the Seminar truly remarkable was the camaraderie of all the budo brothers and sisters who attended. Training, sharing, laughing, seeing old friends and making new ones, that's the martial arts spirit. We had an idea, you made it a success! We cannot thank you enough for your support!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

The Seminar was a tribute to the friendship of our late Grandmaster Taika Seiyu Oyata and Dr. Tetsuhiro Hokama, 10th Dan Goju Ryu. We are honored that Sensei Hokama took the trip from Okinawa to be with us for this special event.
Taika Oyata's art was represented by his student and favorite uke - Hanshi Peter Polander.
It was a seminar to be remembered! Four days passed quickly, as we tried to capture the spirit and secrets of traditional Okinawan Karate!
Big thanks to our guest instructor Kyoshi Nestor Folta (Uechi Ryu) for being a part of our martial arts family!

Last chance to register for our exciting Boot Camp!
August 26th thru 30th; 9:30am to 1:30pm
Get back into karate shape before to school starts 👊

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Zakaria Hasan 6 Dan, Marek Tuszyński 5 Dan, Tomek Łazowski 4 Dan, Wala Deeb 4 Dan, Mateusz Sowa 3 Dan, Michal Karasek 3 Dan, Pavel Stastny 3 Dan, Norbert Andrzejewski 3 Dan, Salih Ayub 3 Dan, Aleksander Łukaszczyk 2 Dan, Michał Piesiewicz 2 Dan, Aya Diab 2 Dan, Rawan Nasrawy 2 Dan, Pawel Smyk 1 Dan, Alexander Ornoch Konieczny 1 Dan,Fadil Saed 1 Dan, Midhat Saed 1 Dan.

The dojo re-opens on MONDAY, AUGUST 19th
after the Summer Break.
We're looking forward to see you all again!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

What a great time!
Training, learning, sharing, meeting old friends and making new ones!!
Over the course of 4 days, we were lucky to host over to 150 students from 15 countries.
We thank you all for your support 🙇‍♂️
You made it a success!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama made time today to meet our youngest students.
What an unforgettable experience for those young martial artists!!!

Happy news for our dojo!
Congratulations Hanshi Polander!!!

We are honored to share exceptional news!
In recognition of his lifetime of training and promoting Okinawan Martial Arts, Kyoshi Polander was promoted to 9th dan and the title of Hanshi by Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama.
Congratulations, Gratulacje, Omedetogozaimasu!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Thursday, August 8th, 2019
The first day of training!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Some downtime before tomorrow's seminar!
It's going to be awesome!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Great time sightseeing Warsaw with Sensei Hokama and the crew!
Warsaw's Old Town and the Royal Castle

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Very excited to welcome Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama in Warsaw, Poland!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

SUMMER CAMP 2019 is in the books...
but the fun continues!! See you all in Warsaw for even more training with Kyoshi Polander, Kyoshi Nestor Folta and our special guest SENSEI TETSUHIRO HOKAMA!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Day 5 - we focused on kata and bunkai taught by Kyoshi Polander + an in-depth study of the Sanchin kata thanks to Kyoshi Nestor Folta!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Day 4 - tuite and ground fighting taught by Kyoshi Peter Polander!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Day 2 morning training of kobudo and tuite.
And yes, we've spilled the beans - that's the official Warsaw Seminar t-shirt!!!

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Five day camp in preparation for the seminar with Sensei Hokama next week in Warsaw.

We kick it off with an evening training session of Okinawan Kempo taught by Kyoshi Peter Polander and Uechi Ryu taught by Kyoshi Nestor Folta.

Dojo Night Out in Poland!!!
So happy part of the US crew already joined us 🍻

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Great training with Sensei Hokama!
All details covered, plans confirmed.
We look forward to seeing him in Warsaw, Poland - August 8th -11th. You can still join us!!!

Thank you Sensei Luis Morales for having us!

Great event!! Honored to be a part of it!

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Okinawan Karate Seminar, Warsaw 2019



5017 Wilson Ln
Bethesda, MD

Opening Hours

Monday 16:30 - 21:00
Tuesday 17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 16:30 - 21:00
Thursday 17:00 - 21:00
Friday 16:30 - 21:00
Saturday 10:30 - 14:00
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