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Welcome to the Nokado Schools of Self Defense, where it’s our goal to help you develop discipline, self-esteem, focus, physical fitness and, of course, your ability to defend yourself through the traditional Japanese martial art of Jiu Jitsu.

Soke Olshlager
Promoted to
10th Degree in
surprise ceremony!
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Soke John OlshlagerThe Nokado School of Self Defense was opened on April 2nd, 1979. Our school been open in the same location for 35 years, teaching martial arts to thousands of children and adults from the Kings Park & Fort Salonga communities.  We also have a second location in Northport.

The head instructor of the Nokado Schools of Self Defense is John Olshlager, Soke (Soke means head of the system.) He has been training in the Martial Arts of Jiu Jitsu for 44 years, and holds the rank of tenth degree black belt. Soke "O", as the students call him. has trained all over the world with some of the most prestigious martial artists in the style of Jiu Jitsu.

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We welcome all new students and their families with an open heart full of energy and spirit that is flowing in all of "The Nokado Schools." If you want to join our growing family to feel this energy please fill out our contact form below and one of our amazing staff members will get back to you promptly.
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The training at the Nokado Schools of Self Defense focuses on developing the following; self-esteem, discipline, the ability to focus, fitness, and self defense.

Our philosophy is to walk away from a fight whenever possible. If forced into a confrontation, a student has the option of defending themselves one of three ways; the hard style of block, punch and kick, the middle style of intercepting the attack and placing the opponent in a wristlock or submission hold, or the soft style of avoiding the confrontation either verbally or physically.

As a traditional dojo (school), The Nokado Schools of Self Defense follow all of the traditional practices of formal Jiu Jitsu schools. Respect at the Nokado Schools of Self Defense is earned, not given. We invite you to take a FREE TRIAL CLASS by filling out the form to the right, and experiencing first-hand the benefits of training.

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