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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

Quest of Champions IV @ Nez Perce County Fair Grounds
Oct 10 @ 9:45 am


IDAHO State Karate &Jiu-Jitsu Championships

IOGKF Regional OPEN Tournament

Karate Registration – Download (PDF)

Jiu-Jitsu Registration – Download (PDF)

Connecticut Gasshuku @ Fitch Senior High School
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm

Host: Ralph Batty Jr’s Connecticut Goju kan

Sensei Chris DeWet I.O.G.K.F.-U.S.A. E.A.R. Coordinator

Connecticut I.O.G.K.F.

Featured Instructor: Sensei Gene Villa I.O.G.K.F.-U.S.A.  Chief Instructor

Event: Oct 17th Shiai/Invitational tournament

Oct 18th Gasshuku and I.O.G.K.F.-U.S.A.  Black Belt grading

This event will start off with a Shiai on the first day followed up by a day of Gasshuku. Black Belt candidates must contact Villa Sensei prior to the event. All registration will be available online. Additional info (times, divisions, registration and travel info will be posted shortly) For questions regarding this event please contact Ralph Batty at [email protected]

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Oklahoma Gasshuku @ Mid America Traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Dojo
Oct 23 – Oct 25 all-day

Sensei Gene Villa

7th Dan

IOGKF-USA Chief Instructor

Open to all ranks for IOGKF members 13 and up. There will be a 2 hour training seminar on Saturday, the 24th of October, for members 12 and under.

Black Belt grading will be held on Saturday afternoon. Schedule, travel and accommodation information coming soon.

Please plan to join us for outstanding training, fellowship and fun.

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