What is the IOGKF?
The International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF) was established in July, 1979 by Sensei Morio Higaonna with the support and backing of Mr. Ken Miyagi (fourth son of Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju-Ryu), of senior sensei in Okinawa (many of them students of Chojun Miyagi), and of senior students of Master Kanryo Higaonna.
The objectives of the IOGKF are to spread traditional karate to the next generation as a great intangible treasure and through teaching karate, instructing the younger generation to be better human beings and in turn, making the world a better place in which to live. This purpose still remains the primary theme of the IOGKF today. To this end, training seminars and training camps are conducted around the world by Higaonna Sensei each year, as well as by many of his senior students. Because of the great dedication and determination of Higaonna Sensei and other senior members, the IOGKF now has approximately 75,000 affiliated members in over 47 nations around the world.
The IOGKF is one of few karate organizations that the Japanese government recognizes as a true traditional martial arts group. The IOGKF is a proud member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai, which is the head department of the Nihon Budokan, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Nihon Bodokan falls under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education, whose mandate is to protect and preserve traditional martial arts in Japan.
The Administrative Director for the IOGKF is Tetsuji Nakamura, who is also a chief instructor of IOGKF Canada. The IOGKF Administrative Headquarters (Administrative Honbu) is in Ontario, Canada, where Tetsuji Nakamura resides.
The Technical Headquarters (Technical Honbu) for the IOGKF, however, remains in Okinawa, and Higaonna Sensei himself teaches classes, when he is not teaching gasshuku in other countries. Our dojo is the San Francisco Branch of the IOGKF.