About IOGKF Australia

Our mission is to promote and teach traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate in accordance with the teachings of our founder, Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953). We train under the instruction of IOGKF World Chief Instructor Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei and IOGKF Chairman Morio Higaonna Sensei.

Karate means ‘empty hand,’ and teaches self-defence without the use of a weapon. The name ‘Goju’ means hard and soft and you will see both these types of techniques in our style. Some moves are fast and strong, others seem soft and gentle, but when executed correctly are very effective in self-defence.

Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate is not an aggressive martial art. The main focus is to avoid conflict – not seek a fight. But if a fight is inevitable, we strive to be prepared to defend others and ourselves.

We train hard to improve our fitness, promote traditional karate, learn self-defence and foster a ‘never give up’ fighting spirit.

There are over 50 countries worldwide that practice our style and we train together at Australian and international gasshuku. Our senior instructors regularly travel to Japan for further instruction from IOGKF World Chief Instructor Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei and Chairman Morio Higaonna Sensei to maintain a high standard of karate in our Australian dojos.

If you would like to learn more about our history please visit the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation’s website.