Announcement from the World Chief Instructor IOGKF

Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura To contact the Administrative office email: admin@iogkf.com

Time flies. It has been already 8 months since I was appointed as the Chief Instructor of IOGKF International. In the last 8 months, I have been invited to 7 countries to teach a Gasshuku. In every place I visited, I was welcomed by all participants and treated with a great amount of respect and kindness. I would like to thank all IOGKF members for your support and trust in me. The new Administrative Director, Adrienne Langgarter, has taken over a lot of my work and is helping me tremendously. I also want to thank Victor Mangialardo and Bruce McGee in Canada for helping me with day to day tasks; and David Lambert, Helmut Leitner in Australia and Ciara McGrath in England for publishing the IOGKF International Newsletter which connects our members around the world.

This year, Higaonna Sensei is travelling to Peru in April for the South American Gasshuku, Canada in May for the North American Gasshuku (Miyagi Chojun Festival), Italy in July for the European Gasshuku, Russia in September for the Euro-Asia Gasshuku and England in November for the EGKA 40th Anniversary Gasshuku. I encourage all members to attend one or some of the above Gasshuku to learn directly under Higaonna Sensei.

We also have Sensei Bakkies, Terauchi Sensei, Sensei Ernie and many other senior instructors travelling to different countries to conduct seminars. I think this is the biggest strength of our organization that separates us from others. We have many senior instructors who have high levels of mastery and understanding of the art, who are willing to share their skill and knowledge with others. In the IOGKF, we care about quality rather than quantity. We know the value of the tradition that has been passed down through Morio Higaonna Sensei. It will be learned and preserved only through hard training. In modern society, we can get a lot of information through the internet, DVDs, etc. These technologies can be helpful if we use it wisely. However to become better in Karate, the method is same as 100 years ago, just train hard and properly.

From Chojun Miyagi Sensei to An'ichi Miyagi Sensei, An'ichi Miyagi Sensei to Morio Higaonna Sensei, and Morio Higaonna Sensei to us, the proper method of training Goju-Ryu was passed down to us. All we have to do is to believe in ourselves and train hard!! Even though we are all of different ages, physical abilities, etc, we can reach our personal best. Higaonna Sensei said "Look, Listen and Sweat!!”. I am looking forward to training with you in different parts of the world!