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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!

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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
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Event Calendar

CT IOGKF Shiai Karate Tournament & Regional Team Qualifier @ Fitch High School
Apr 7 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
CT IOGKF Shiai Karate Tournament & Regional Team Qualifier @ Fitch High School | Groton | Connecticut | United States

This one-day CT IOGKF Shiai Karate Tournament and Regional Team Qualifier consists of the following events: blocker sparring, IOGKF kata, Sanbon Shobu (3 Point match) and Iri Kumi ju (continuous sparring). Enrollment into the Iri Kumi go knockdown and Kobudo divisions are with the approval of Sensei only. Students 4-6 years old register for FREE! The event is hosted by Sensei Ralph Batty Jr and arbitrated by Sensei Chris deWet. Doors open at 7 AM. A full schedule of events is available at:http://www.groton-ct.gov/depts/parksrec/karate/

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West Coast Beach Training – 2018
Sep 14 – Sep 16 all-day

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