IOGKF International is a network comprising over 75,000 members in 63 countries throughout the world, all dedicated to preserving a thousand years of history. (Photo: Roman Boldyrev)

Goals of the IOGKF

  • Preserve Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate and pass it to the next generation.
  • Through karate training, add positive impact to our lives and improve our physical and mental abilities.
  • By teaching traditional karate, we educate our members to be better persons. By doing so, we help our society to be a better place to live.

 

The IOGKF Logo – “Kenkon”

The Kenkon was introduced in 1979 at a gasshuku in England, when the formation of the IOGKF was established. The Kenkon is the logo created to represent the IOGKF.  Its design incorporates the contrasting aspects of Goju-Ryu karate. The name ‘Goju’ was given to this karate style to emphasize its hard and soft elements. In Japanese ‘ken’ means “heaven” and ‘kon’ represents ‘earth’ which are representative of the hard and soft aspects of our world. The design further illustrates these two elements with the soft circular shape representing heaven surrounding the hard squared-off shape representing the earth. The Kenkon depicts not only the hard and soft aspects of Goju-Ryu karate, but it symbolizes the harmony of hardness and softness in nature. It is important to note that the squared-off portion was the family crest of Sensei Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju-Ryu.

The kenkon symbol is worn by IOGKF members around the world as part of their uniform (See picture below).

“Physical training is just the gateway to mastery of the mind. That’s why you must strive to achieve true humility through training. If you don’t, it’s difficult if not impossible to rise above the purely physical because your mind is forever clouded by thoughts of material things, pride and scorn for others, and similar negative feelings. Good karate makes good people, and I feel a responsibility to pass on what was given to me as a way of thanking my teacher, An’ichi Miyagi, and, hopefully, produce more good karate people by doing so. Because I teach so much, I have a responsibility to train as hard as I can to pass on my knowledge in as pure a form as possible.”

-Morio Higaonna Sensei

 

 

 

 

IOGKF Executive Structure

Organizational Position
IOGKF Supreme Master (Saiko Shihan)
Morio Higaonna (Judan, Okinawa)

IOGKF Chief Instructor (Shuseki Shihan)
Tetsuji Nakamura (Nanadan, Canada)

IOGKF Vice Chief Instructor (Fuku Shuseki Shihan)
Ernie Molyneux (Hachidan, England)
Henrik Larsen (Hachidan, Denmark)

IOGKF Administrative Director (Jimukyoku Cho)
Adrienne Langgartner (Rokudan, Canada)

IOGKF Executive Committee (Shikkoiinkai)
Tetsuji Nakamura (Nanadan, Canada)
Ernie Molyneux (Hachidan, England)
Henrik Larsen (Nanadan, Denmark)

Advisory Position

IOGKF Honorary Advisor (Meiyo Komon)
Shuichi Aragaki (Judan, Okinawa)

IOGKF Advisor (Komon)
Hidenobu Goya (Okinawa)
Alanna Higaonna (USA)

Technical Advisor (Gijutsu Komon)
Bakkies Laubscher (Hachidan, South Africa)
Kazuo Terauchi (Hachidan, Japan)

Okinawa Headquarters Grading Panel Members (Honbu Dojo Shikaku Shinsain)
Morio Higaonna (Judan, Okinawa)
Bakkies Laubscher (Hachidan, South Africa)
Kazuo Terauchi (Hachidan, Japan)
Ernie Molyneux (Hachidan, England)
Henrik Larsen (Hachidan, Denmark)
Tetsuji Nakamura (Nanadan, Canada)