International Okinawan Goiu Ryu Karate Federation (IOGKF)
The International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Federation (IOGKF) was established in 1979 and is headed by Higaonna Morio Sensei, 10th dan. The Federation has its headquarters in Okinawa and has member countries throughout the world.
IOGKF ‘Mokuteki’ (teaching objectives)
- To develop the physical and spiritual elements of the human condition through karate-do, and thereby develop an indomitable spirit and strive towards self-improvement of one’s character.
- To protect the tradition of Okinawan Goju-Ryu karate-do as an intangible cultural treasure while promoting the art.
- To develop our art technically through diligent training.
Core values: Honesty, Loyalty and Respect!
Goju Ryu was introduced in Australia in 1979, when a world body, the IOGKF, was formally established.Since 2012 Sensei Chris Larken has been the Chief Instructor and has been instrumental in establishing classical Goju Ryu karate in Australia.
IOGKFA’s (International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Federation Australia) main purpose is the preservation of the pure, classical, traditional aspects of Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate- as embodied in the IOGKF Mokuteki- in line with the technical and spiritual guidelines formulated and developed by its originator, Chojun Miyagi Sensei. IOGKFA attempts to do so by providing a professionally run organisation with infrastructure. Instructors are consistently qualified and trained and their technical knowledge is updated regularly by the Chief Instructor, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher and Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura enabling them carry out the organisation’s mission.
Karate is evolutionary and it is continuously subject to adjustment as society and the environment change. Because of the practical, evolutionary nature of Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate and the flexible style of the IOGKFA’s management, the organisation has stood the test of time.
At the Chief Instructors meeting during the 6th World Budosai in Okinawa, Morio Higaonna Sensei announced his retirement from the position of IOGKF World Chief Instructor, and appointed Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei as the new IOGKF World Chief Instructor.
Sensei Chris started training in Newcastle as a young man in 1970 and was graded Shodan in 1977, by Sensei John Jarvis. When Sensei Higaonna first came to Australia in1978, Sensei Chris converted to IOGKF, after experiencing the exceptional strength, technical expertise and humility of a true master and role model.
He considers himself fortunate to have been instructed and graded throughout his lengthy career by one of the world’s greatest living masters. Sensei Chris has attended many international Gasshukus and world Budosai’s during his karate career. In addition, he has also trained at European Gasshukus and, Ubuntu and Chief Instructors Gasshukus in South Africa.
Many Australian and Asian Pacific Gasshukus have been organised and held in Newcastle by Sensei Chris, hosting world class instructors, including Sensei Higaonna and Sensei Bakkies Laubsher. Sensei Chris has the longest standing IOGKF Dojo in Australia and has consistently produced many students of exceptional quality, some of whom have moved overseas to live and further their quest of Karate.
At the 2012 World Budosai in Naha, Okinawa, Sensei Chris was graded 7th Dan by grand master Morio Higaonna.