• Grand Master Morio Higaonna

    Grand Master Higaonna, founder and Supreme Master of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation

  • Dojo Kun

    A Dojo Kun is a verbal affirmation that is recited by all of the students. See the Dojo Kun in our “Learn Karate” section via top menu.

  • Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi

    Founder of Goju-Ryu Karate

  • Budo Sai Okinawa

    Students gather for a warm-up before class training.

  • Okinawan Shi-Sa

    People place pairs of Shisa on their rooftops or flanking the gates to their houses. Shisa are wards, believed to protect from some evils.

  • Master at work

    Terauchi Sensei and Higoanna Senei demonstrating the power of Goju-Ryu.


Welcome to the official Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Australia – IOGKF Australian website, on this site you will find all of the information you need about training for Goju Ryu Karate and where you can train around Australia.

Our mission is to promote and teach traditional International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate, in accordance with the teachings of founder, Chojun Miyagi under the instruction of  Sensei Nakamura Sensei and Sensei Morio Higaonna.

International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate (IOGKF Australian)  Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Canberra, Sydney, Tweed Heads and Mackay. Training with IOGKF Australia means you’ll be apart of a combine class of Karate all directly involved with IOGKF Okinawa Japan (www.iogkf.com). If you are looking for a place to practice Karate in Australia, then look no further.

The name ‘Goju’ has more implications than merely hard/soft. It was derived from the context of the third of the eight poems that described the martial arts in the book Bubishi: ho(wa) go ju donto(su) – ‘the way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness’ or ‘inhaling represents  softness while exhaling characterises hardness’. Another explanation can be found in the words nai go gai ju, which, directly translated, means: ‘firm within, frail without’. The physical implications are obvious when  our techniques  are witnessed-  soft-looking movements  that have devastating effects when executed correctly.

The mental implications are that of an outer appearance and manners of a complete gentleman or lady, while inside a strong tenacious, endeavouring, ‘never give up’ fighting spirit is fostered. We strive to

  • Improve our own character
  • Act unselfishly Refrain from violent and uncontrolled behaviour
  • Develop a spirit of endeavour and perseverance
  • Seek the true ways of life or living through hard training and sacrificing of self-interests (egotistical behaviour)

Fun fact -

Ever wondered what style of Karate the classic hit movie The Karate Kid is based on ? Okinawan Goju Ryu!