Welcome to IOGKF International

The International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation (IOGKF) is one of the finest, traditional karate organizations in the world today.  Under the leadership of our master, Sensei Morio Higaonna, 10th dan, the IOGKF is committed to preserving the intangible cultural treasure of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do, which has been passed down to us in its original form from one generation to the next.  Since its establishment in 1979, the IOGKF has attracted culturally diverse martial arts practitioners from around the world, who have joined the organization after recognizing the authenticity and excellence of the IOGKF and its direct karate lineage tracing back to Bushi Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do.  Our members actively support our mission, objectives, and activities.  The IOGKF sponsors interactive website forums, weekend seminars, and international martial arts events for its members to stay informed with news updates, improve their ongoing knowledge and skills, and develop life-long friendships.  The IOGKF now has members in over 50 affiliated countries worldwide and is the largest Okinawan karate organization in the world.

We believe that Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do training benefits all practitioners, regardless of their nationality, race, age, or gender.  We have members as young as three years old up to those over 80 years of age.  The IOGKF has a worldwide network of leadership groups and karate schools in different countries with highly-qualified chief instructors and dojo instructors to meet the needs of students and families.  Training at their own pace, each IOGKF member will improve their mind (mental health, education, and language); body (self defense skills, physical fitness, flexibility, and endurance); and spirit (character, positive attitude, and contributions to society).  It is our goal to improve the “quality of life” for all of our IOGKF members to help make a positive impact on the world.  The IOGKF welcomes all potential new members to join our international karate family!


A Special Notification from the IOGKF Chief Instructor

Dear IOGKF Members,

I regret to inform you that Higaonna Sensei was taken to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on December 27th due to an Aortic Dissection.
He was treated promptly and his condition is improving.
If you would like to send a 'get well' message to Higaonna Sensei, please email it to this address: admin@iogkf.com

Tetsuji Nakamura



Seasons Greetings from our Members around the World


Higaonna Sensei - Okinawa's newest cultural Treasure!

On May 8th, 2013, IOGKF Supreme Master, Sensei Morio Higaonna was honoured in his homeland of Okinawa - the birthplace of traditional Karate. The Okinawan Government presented Higaonna Sensei with an award recognising him as a intangible Cultural treasure for the island for his many years of dedication and preservation to Goju-ryu Karate as an important part of Okinawan culture. This is an honour very rarely bestowed and IOGKF International congratulates Higaonna Sensei on this well deserved milestone.
Send Higaonna Sensei a message of congratulations!
Email: admin@iogkf.com

Click here to see messages for Higaonna Sensei from across the globe!



IOGKF New Generation

At the Chief Instructors meeting during the 6th World Budosai in Okinawa, Morio Higaonna Sensei announced his retirement from the position of IOGKF World Chief Instructor, and appointed Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei as the new IOGKF World Chief Instructor, and Sensei Ernie Molyneux and Sensei Henrik Larsen as new Vice Chief Instructors. 

Although Higaonna Sensei will no longer be a part of the organizational matters, he will be overlooking the IOGKF as the supreme master (Saiko Shihan).He will still travel and teach at international gasshuku such as the Chief Instructor Gasshuku, the European Gasshuku, the North American Gasshuku (MCF), the Euro-Asian Gasshuku, etc.

- Messages from the World IOGKF members -

- Please see following link for the detail list of New IOGKF Structure.  New IOGKF Structure -

- Please send your message to both Higaonna Sensei and Nakamura Sensei to admin@iogkf.com -

Message from the new
IOGKF Chief Instructor

It is a great honour that I was appointed as the Chief Instructor of IOGKF.  At the same time, I feel the great responsibility that comes with being chosen as a leader for my generation. 

The IOGKF was established in 1979 by Morio Higaonna Sensei to preserve traditional Goju-Ryu which was handed down from the founder, Chojun Miyagi Sensei.  Higaonna Sensei and many senior IOGKF instructors such as Sensei Bakkies Laubscher, Kazuo Terauchi Sensei, the late Sensei Leon Pantanowitz and more, have worked hard to build the IOGKF we have now. 

I believe that the IOGKF is the best karate organization in the world.  We are not the biggest, but we have a very high quality of karate as our main focus is the quality, not quantity.  Also, we have a great relationship among our members.  It is Higaonna Sensei’s humanity that created such a wonderful relationship and atmosphere among our members, a fine balance and mixture of family atmosphere and respect.

Higaonna Sensei commented in his greeting at the World Budosai, “It is important for the development of Okinawa Goju-ryu to trust in the next generation and pass the responsibility on to them.  I believe this is the time”. 

I am still young and still have a lot to learn as a karate-ka as well as a person.  However, I am not alone.  Sensei Ernie Molyneux and Sensei Henrik Larsen are with me as Vice Chief Instructors.  I have Sensei Bakkies Laubscher and Kazuo Terauchi Sensei as technical advisors.  I have many fine instructors in my generation that I can call as friends, brothers and sisters.  Together, I believe that we can carry on the legacy to the next generation.

I commit myself to spend my whole life to preserve traditional Goju-ryu and to do my best to further develop the IOGKF.  I would humbly like to ask for your support.

July 2012

Tetsuji Nakamura
IOGKF Chief Instructor

- Messages from the World IOGKF members -

- Please send your message to both Higaonna Sensei and Nakamura Sensei to admin@iogkf.com -




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