Kaikudo, LLC was founded by John Okochi and Michael Issa in 2007. The Kaikudo organization was established to affect a positive change in the health, character and happiness of our community. Kaikudo programs employ traditional martial art values and training methods to engage the mind, body and spirit in a comprehensive learning program that improves our mental, physical and emotional I.Q. Kaikudo's founders recognize two destructive patterns in our society that must change in order to secure our wellbeing: 1.) the growing health risks among children, adults and seniors and 2.) the expanding gulf between generations and community stratus.
The CDC says that chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Statistics show that 70% of deaths among Americans each year are a result of chronic disease and 50% of living adults have at least one chronic illness. Obesity is a growing health issue that now affects 30% of adults and 20% of youth between 6-19 yrs. In addition, stress and mental health problems contribute to a higher risk for chronic diseases due to increased inflammation in the body. Sustained inflammation caused by stress limits the body's ability to regulate itself, which can cause organ failure and depression down the road. The U.S. is in dire need of a lifestyle change that will counter these growing health concerns. Mind-body practices, like meditation and tai chi, have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and, therefore, reduce our risk of acquiring chronic diseases.
The martial arts is especially well-suited to combat these health trends because of its unique combination of physical exercise, mental focus and breathing techniques. Physically, martial arts training improves muscle tone, flexibility, stamina and tendon-ligament health; Mentally, martial arts enhances awareness, concentration and mental stability; Emotionally, martial arts inspires confidence, self-control, compassion and stillness. These benefits are essential to mind-body healing and reducing inflammation caused by stress and poor immune health.