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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!

Latest from the IOGKF-USA

MCF 2017 Information/Registration is Posted

We have posted details about this year’s MCF in Spokane, WA, June 15-18th.  The instructors have been confirmed, the training schedule has been finalized and registration is now open.  More details and flyer/registration. Online Registration is also available (Visa, Mastercard, Discover,

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    • 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

Miyagi Chojun Festival – 2017 (MCF) @ Red Lion Hotel at the Park
Jun 15 @ 8:30 am – Jun 18 @ 3:15 pm
Miyagi Chojun Festival - 2017 (MCF) @ Red Lion Hotel at the Park | Spokane | Washington | United States

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Download Instructor Schedule (PDF)

Register Online (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, PayPal)

This year’s MCF will feature outstanding international instructors: world chief instructor: Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura,Sensei Torben Svendsen from Denmark, Sensei Bob Smith from Bermuda and Sensei Gustava Tata from Agentina. In addition, Sensei George Seahorn and Sensei Mirko Buchwald will be teaching.

I have two main objectives for the MCF: 1) To provide an event that emphasizes camaraderie and friendship among all IOGKF members. 2) To put together a dynamic training schedule that fosters growth, understanding and sweat! I am sure this year’s MCF will more than meet your expectations! The training schedule provides every skill level and rank the opportunity to train extensively over the four days of the festival. I have included seven hours of training for our younger members age 6—12. They will have the opportunity to train with each of our special guest instructors as well as training with Sensei Steven Smith and Sensei Josiah Hanks. I have also included a special guest instructor seminar with Mr. Roy Harrington, who will be conducting a Tactical Knife Seminar.

-Gene Villa

Goju & Zen 3-Day Gasshuku @ Green Dragon Temple
Jun 23 – Jun 25 all-day
Goju & Zen 3-Day Gasshuku @ Green Dragon Temple | Muir Beach | California | United States

Spend 3 days training with 7th Dan IOGKF Chief Instructor Katsuya Yamashiro Sensei and learn the art of Zen meditation. This Gasshuku is only open to IOGKF students (Shodan and up). Space is limited.

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