Welcome to IOGKF International

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The International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation (IOGKF) is the largest traditional Okinawan Karate organization in the world. Under the leadership of World Chief Instructor, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura and his International Executive committee, IOGKF International 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. IOGKF founder and legendary Goju-ryu supreme Master, Sensei Morio Higaonna still advises the Federation to this day and provides a direct lineage to the styles founder.

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 undeniable connect to the origins of the style. Our members actively support our mission, objectives, and activities and IOGKF holds countless seminars, training camps and major International events every year. With over 75,000 members in over 55 different nations, IOGKF welcomes all potential members to join our International Karate family.

Morio Higaonna Sensei stands between the pictures of Kanryo Higaonna Sensei (left) and Chojun Miyagi Sensei (right).

Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei, World Chief Instructor

The IOGKF welcomes new members regardless of age, race, sex, religion or martial arts background. There are certain requirements however, the most important being the belief in and the desire that the true teachings of traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, as handed down by its founder Master Chojun Miyagi, be practiced and passed on to our students in its original form. Master Higaonna has devoted his life to preserving these true teachings, and it is the responsibility of all IOGKF members to do the same.