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“Karate begins with respect and ends with respect”


The true focus of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do is to instill people with strong character, morals and discipline. Moral, intellectual and physical training combine as one to encourage positive development of the human spirit. Through karate training, a student will learn to focus and apply the power of the mind. Students develop qualities centered on courage, morality, resolve and responsibility. These are facets of human character necessary for the development of humankind and which contribute to the health of society as a whole. This is what is meant by karate-do. This is what we practice. This is what we teach.

The I.O.G.K.F. is primarily concerned with contributing to the positive development of the human condition through the art of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do. All people irrespective of race, age or gender are welcome.

In our everyday training the karate practitioner strives to improve both mind and body.

Personal Focus:

  • Respect for Self
  • Respect for Others
  • Self-Discipline
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Motivation
  • Effort
  • Goal setting
  • Perseverance

Physical Focus

  • Basic Conditioning
  • Strength Training
  • Flexibility Training
  • Endurance Training
  • Speed Training

Morio Higaonna, 10th Dan Hanshi"Through the teaching of karate it is our goal to pass on to the younger generation in particular correct moral values and a balanced spiritual and physical education."

- Higaonna Moria, 10th Dan Hanshi
Chief Instructor and Chairman
International Okinawan Goju-Ryu
Karate-Do Federation

Technical Focus

  • Kihon: Basic movement, body position, stance, punch, block, kick, throw etc.
  • Kata: Pre-set sequence of techniques containing the secrets of karate
  • Bunkai: Applications of kata movement
  • Kumite: Sparring for training, applications, sport and self-defense
  • Hojo Undo: Supplemental training with traditional Okinawan/Chinese equipment