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Welcome to the IOGKF-USA

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. This website represents the membership of IOGKF-USA.

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!




    • 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
Calendar of Events

Event Calendar

Susquehanna Martial Arts Symposium, 2015 @ Susquehanna University
Apr 11 @ 8:00 am – Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm

Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei, Chief Instructor for the IOGKF International, will be our featured instructor this year at the Susquehanna Martial Arts Symposium.

Saturday, April 11, (8:00 am – 5:30 pm) will be open to practitioners of all styles of martial arts, and will include an academic presentation as well as smaller mini-seminars during the day.

Sunday, April 12, (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) will be instruction for Goju practitioners only.

Cost: $50 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday. Registration is at the door.

See the official Facebook page.

2015 Miyagi Chojun Martial Arts Festival @ Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm

IOGKF Canada is proud to announce the Miyagi Chojun Festival will be hosted in Burlington, Ontario. Our training dates are June 11 – June 14, 2015. Check our MCF website for details – http://www.iogkf.ca/mcf2015

Registration Sheet (Excel Spreadsheet)
General Information (PDF)
Schedule (PDF)

Beach Training – Depoe Bay, Oregon @ Pacific Villa
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day

Contact Sensei Dennis Pfendler to join us for a weekend of Beach Training in Depoe Bay, Oregon.  Sensei Gene Villa and other Northwest instructors will be heading up a great weekend of training and fellowship. Price includes all food and lodging.  This enormous house houses everyone and there’s plenty to do.  There’s exploring the beach as well.

Some pictures from last year’s training:

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