A worldwide community of traditional martial artists
The I.O.G.K.F. was founded in 1979 during a meeting in Poole, England. It was attended by Sensei Morio Higaonna with the support of the fourth son of Goju Ryu founder Chojun Miyagi as well as several senior students of Kanryo Higaonna (no relation to Higaonna Sensei). Its purpose is to preserve the art of Goju Ryu in its purest, traditional form, and to pass it on for generations to come. Currently, there are over 15,000 member dojos. The organization thrives today with over 75 countries around the world represented.
The founder, Morio Higaonna recently passed on the role of Chief Instructor to Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura, who has studied for years under the personal guidance of Higaonna Sensei. Both travel the globe teaching Gasshukus to tens of thousands of students each year, and improving the skills of dojo heads and instructors.
As a student of Tampa Family Martial Arts, you will be required to affiliate with the organization. This will register your rank and allow you to participate in IOGKF gasshukus and events.