International Okinawan Gōjū-ryū Karate-dō Federation

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International Okinawan Gōjū-ryū Karate-dō Federation
Abbreviation IOGKF
Formation 1979
Type NGO
Purpose Sport
Headquarters IOGKF International Administrative Office
Location Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Chairman
Morio Higaonna
Website International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation

International Okinawan Gōjū-ryū Karate-dō Federation (IOGKF), also known as the International Federation of Karate-do Goju-ryu Okinawa, is an international martial art organization covering Gōjū-ryū karate.[1] It was founded by Morio Higaonna (b. 1938) in July 1979.[2][3] Higaonna is the founder and Chairman of the IOGKF International. The IOGKF is responsible for spreading the original Gōjū-ryū karate style of Okinawa throughout the world, following the teachings of Chojun Miyagi. In 2003, the IOGKF was estimated to have around 50,000 members in 45 countries.[4]

IOGKF Structure:[5]

  • Honorary Chairman: Anichi Miyagi
  • President of the IOGFK: Morio Higaonna
  • IOGKF World Chief Instructor: Tetsuji Nakamura
  • Technical Advisor and Headquarters Grading Panel: Bakkies Laubscher and Kazuo Terauchi
  • IOGKF Chairman: Katsuya Yamashiro
  • IOGKF Vice Chief Instructor And IOGKF Administrative Director: Tetsuji Nakamura
  • IOGKF Executive Committee: Ernie Molyneux, Henrik Larsen and Tetsuji Nakamura

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Goju Ryu Karate Federation Retrieved on 16 February 2010.
  2. ^ International Goju Ryu Karate Federation: History Retrieved on 16 February 2010.
  3. ^ Sajnog, C. L. (2004): Fundamentals of freestyle Goju-Ryu. College Station, TX: VBW Publishing. (ISBN 1-58939-600-6)
  4. ^ Sidney, J. (Ed.) (2003): The Warrior's Path: Wisdom from contemporary martial arts masters. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications. (ISBN 978-1-590-30074-9)
  5. ^ International Goju Ryu Karate Federation: IOGKF structure Retrieved on 16 February 2010.