Karate events

IOGKF Australia – Events 2017

Stay tune… More information will be out shortly for all events.

Regional Gasshuku
Date: 17th-19th March
Location: Canberra

Brown & Black Belt Gasshuku & grading
Date: 5th-7th May
Location: Newcastle

IOGKF Australian Gasshuku with Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei– IOGKF World Chief Instructor
Date: 15th-17th September
Location: Sydney

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Regional Gassshuku 2017 – 17-19 March, Canberra

Training venues for the Regional Gasshuku 17-19 March 2017

Training on Friday, 17 March, 6-8pm will be held at Mura Dojo, Hall Primary School, Palmer Street entrance, Hall, ACT map.
Training on Saturday, 18 March, will be at Garran Primary School, Garran, ACT map.
Saturday training 0900-1600. Sunday training 0900-1400.
Please arrive 30 minutes before training commences.
Please email sam@artforme.com.au for late registrations and more information.

This gasshuku is a great way to kick start your training in 2017 with classes for pee wees, juniors and adults taken by own senior IOGKF black belt instructors.


The format will follow similar weekend gasshuku:

  • All grades training Friday night, 6-8pm
  • Full day’s training for all students on Saturday with classes for pee wees, juniors, adult kyu grades and black belts 9am to 4pm
  • Senior black belt training Sunday morning 9am to 2pm
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before training commences.

Please note, applications close 28 February.

To help the organisers confirm the training program and venue, it is important we know numbers attending by 28 February.

Email John Steggall (sam@artforme.com.au) to confirm your attendance at this gasshuku and indicate your intention to attend on our Facebook event. Training fees will be accepted at the gasshuku.

Gasshuku fees

Seniors $100.00

Juniors and Pee wees (Saturday only) $40.00

Third or more child from the same family, free.


There are many Canberra accommodation options to be found online from motels, caravan parks and airbnb. Most of the training will be in the Woden area.


Please keep checking this site for the latest information. If you have any questions, please contact John (Sam) Steggall on:


0430 153 375

Sensei Chris

Sensei Chris Larken, 1953 – 2016

Sensei Chris began his Karate training in Newcastle, Australia as a young man in 1970. He was graded to Shodan in 1977, by Sensei John Jarvis. Sensei Jarvis had built a Kyokushinkai Karate empire in Australia and New Zealand at that time and when Sensei Higaonna first came to Australia in the late 1970’s, as a guest of Sensei Jarvis and prior to the formation of IOGKF worldwide, Sensei Chris converted to Okinawan Goju-ryu, after experiencing the exceptional strength, technical expertise and humility of a true master and role model.

As a young man, Sensei Chris Larken was a natural athlete, being captain of the local cricket side amongst his many achievements. He worked as a tiler and had his own successful business. His Dojo in the Kotara area of Newcastle, Australia has been in the area for over 40 years and has produced many fine Karate-ka.

He considered himself fortunate to have been instructed and graded throughout his lengthy career by one of the world’s greatest living masters in Higaonna Sensei.

Sensei Chris has always been considered a senior instructor in Australia’s long running IOGKF history. In 2000 following the passing of then chief instructor, Sensei David Lambert sr, he was elevated by Sensei Higaonna to the newly formed Australian Kambukai, where he served until the Kambukai was reformatted to see a joint chief instructorship between both he and Sensei Joe Roses. Sensei Chris has had a large involvement in the guidance of IOGKF in Australia for many, many years.

Sensei Chris was a well-traveled instructor, making the effort to attend many international Gasshuku and world Budosai events during his karate career. In addition, he has also trained at a European Gasshuku’s, Ubuntu & Chief Instructors Gasshuku’s in South Africa, chief instructors and Budosai events in Okinawa and Oceania Gasshuku’s in New Zealand. Many IOGKF members would have experienced Sensei Chris’ instruction at the 2015 Miyagi Chojun Festival in Canada where he was a featured instructor.

Many Australian and Asian Pacific Gasshuku’s have been organised and held in Newcastle, Australia by Sensei Chris, where he hosted world class instructors, including Sensei Higaonna, Sensei Bakkies Laubsher and Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura – forging life-long friendships in the process.

At the 2012 World Budosai in Naha, Okinawa, Sensei Chris was graded to 7th Dan by grand master Morio Higaonna. An amazing achievement for an inspiring 46 year journey in Karate. In 2015 the AOGKF awarded Sensei Chris Larken a lifetime achievement award for his 40 years of protecting and spreading the Goju-ryu Karate of Higaonna Sensei in Australia. The award was presented to him by world chief instructor Sensei Nakamura in front of a full house of Australian IOGKF members and to thunderous applause.

It was no secret though that Sensei Chris’ greatest joy in life came from his wife Kerri, who he adored. Kerri has also achieved black belt status in IOGKF and has accompanied Sensei Chris on his many adventures around the world. They are true soul mates, who many people across the globe admire.

Despite his recent illness, Sensei Chris Larken astounded many people when he arrived in Okinawa in July 2016 to participate in the most recent world Budosai. His efforts to attend this event did not go unnoticed and he received a personal award from Master Morio Higaonna at the official closing ceremony of the event.

Sensei Chris Larken was a true Aussie mate, always with a story to tell and an with an infectious laugh that would light up any room. IOGKF both in Australia and world wide has lost another true, long time character that makes our organisation so iconic. He may now be gone, but he will never be forgotten by the many Karate-ka around the world that shared continued admiration for him.

Our Sensei Chris
by Brett Hogan

I have gathered these verses together With a sad, and solemn heart
His legacy, will live forever Though, this world he had to part
Now listen about Chris Larken And what I have to say
I’ll speak for all that knew him We are all devastated today
He started karate, as a young man With dedication, mastered the art He did what only few can
That sets men like Chris apart
With a vision, for his students
That perfection is a must
But there’s always room for improvement And his wisdom we did trust
He gave us knowledge, and the tools To carry us through life
And quickly sort out fools
If we found ourselves in strife
He trained the world over
He had a world full of friends
A man, I admired like no other I’m not so sure my heart can mend
Although all this may be serious He was a man who loved a joke His laugh, it was infectious
He was a fair dinkum Aussie bloke
He loved a beer, and a tale
You could laugh with him the night through His company, could never grow stale
Chris was one of the world’s great few
So unfair, that a man so selfless This evil, had to be his fate
I feel so sad and helpless
Yet so proud, he was my mate
A way of life, a state of mind
He was fearless beyond measure In life, you’ll meet few of his kind And his memories we will treasure
Now it’s time to say goodbye
Chris stayed stoic to the end
He told us not cry
Cause he seems to think our heart will mend
His spirit will live with us forever Although forever we’ll miss
Our mentor, our friend, our Sensei Chris


Okinawa World Budosai 2016


There is a small team from IOGKF Australia heading over to Okinawa, Japan for the 2016 IOGKF World Budosai. If you are interested in joining them, please contact us: secretary@iogkfaustralia.com

A message from Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura 

Dear IOGKF & all IOGKF countries,

Hope you and your family are having a wonderful time at the end of the year.

I just spoke to Higaonna Sensei, and he asked me to tell all our members that he wishes you and your family the best and “A Happy New Year!”.

Higaonna Sensei also told me to ask you to bring as many as students you can to Okinawa Budosai next year. He is really looking forward to seeing you all in Okinawa in July, 2016.

Please find attached poster and use this poster for promotion.

All the best!

Tetsuji Nakamura
IOGKF World Chief Instructor


2016 Black Belt Grading

2016 IOGKF Australia Black/Brown Belt Gasshuku & Dan Grading

2016 IOGKF Australia Black/Brown Belt Gasshuku & Dan Grading

Day 1

Well day 1 of the Blackbelt gasshuku didn’t disappoint. The training was good and for the students grading this weekend it was a great way clear their minds and focus on what’s to come tomorrow.
The highlight this morning was a bow in by Sensei Chris. Sensei wasn’t able to spend much time but we were able to present him with his 40 years service to IOGKF Australia gift. Sensei also give some direction on the organisation while he directs his energy toward overcoming his illness. Sensei Simon will act in the Chief Instructor role and Sensei Brent was handed the keys to Sensei Chris’s dojo. We all look forward to another good couple of sessions tomorrow.

Day 2

Day 2 2016 Black belt Grading. As Sensei Rob stated this will go down as a famous grading. Sensei Chris produced another legendary grading for his last grading as Chief Instructor. Delivered by a truly inspirational man the grading with 13 students was long and hard and finished a great weekend. Sensei Simon was presented with his 6th Dan certificate and was fitting for the new acting Chief Instructor.

Congratulations to all who graded.

Rising Sun

Ray Brown – Poem by Brett Hogan

A hard, inspiring man he was
He courageously fought on through
But this battle no man can win
Although he fought his best, it’s true

So when you feel like you don’t want to train
If you’re troubled of feeling spent
Think of Ray Brown again
Cause he still bloody went

He’d greet you with his mischievous grin
You know what’s on his mind
A cheeky little kick or punch
Though a better man, you’d not find

But now we’ll keep his memory green
While karateka come and go
We may not see him again
Where Gi’s and coloured belts glow

Round his funeral hear the words
A solemn silence deep
You’ll look around and feel the pain
As many a strong man weep

We’ll think of him in silence boys
He’s followed down the track
Where many good men have gone before
And sadly not come back

Let us hope in that far land
Where shades of strong men reign
The “Machine” Ray Brown will think of us
And live to fight again.

Download PDF link Ray Brown by Brett Hogan



Message from Sensei Chris Larken – Chief Instructor IOGKFA.

I would like to officially thank Sensei Paul Parlett for many years of loyal and diligent service to IOGKFA, in his position as the secretary.

This is a vital and demanding role, yet often receives little acknowledgement, however Sensei Paul has given tirelessly of his time throughout his years of service.

A huge thank you for your effort, loyalty and professionalism whilst undertaking this role and we wish you all the best for the future.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Sensei Jamie Tredinnick, as the new secretary for IOGKFA.

Your willingness to take over this demanding role is greatly appreciated.

Best regards

Sensei Chris Larken