The Kojokan Samurai Dojo is a family owned and operated martial arts school specializing in 16th and 17th century Samurai arts. Classes are taught by Sensei Michael Coglan who took over after his father Daniel Coglan stepped back from the martial arts world to pursue his writting career. Michael has almost 20 years of martial arts experience and has spent the last decade assisting his father in teaching and running the Kojokan Samurai Dojo. In addition to the four arts taught at the Kojokan Michael has training in Sambo, Tae Kwon Do, Escrima, Jeet Kun Do, knife combat, firearms training, and virtually every other weapon he has ever seen.
The Kojokan Samurai Dojo officially opened in West Branch, IA on January 17, 2000 under the name Jade Tiger Dojo. In 2001 the dojo moved to North Liberty, IA to allow greater access to a larger population. Over the next eight years the dojo moved to three different units in the same location before finally moving a few miles up the road to its current location.
In 2007 the decision was made to change the name of the school from The Jade Tiger Dojo to the more Japanese Kojokan Samurai Dojo. The word Kojokan translates literally as tiger castle training hall, or training hall of the tiger castle. The dojo kept the tiger theme but was then freed from having to buy green equipment.
When the dojo opened it belonged to the International Shinkendo Federation, Aikido and Aikibujutsu Tanren Kenkyukai, and the Kokusai Toyama Ryu Renmei headed by Toshishiro Obata. In 2008 the dojo left the organizations for political reasons.