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Karate-do means the way of the empty hand — self-defense. The word “way” can be interpreted in many ways, but it usually indicates a constant striving for understanding about oneself, about others, about martial skills, and about living in harmony with others. OGKI is a karate organization which provides traditional training in the ancient ways of Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-do (Okinawa “hard and gentle" style of karate”). The Goju-Ryu style was created from the life-long work of two great Okinawan karate teachers, Kanryo Higaonna (1853 - 1917) and his student Chojun Miyagi (1888 - 1953). Since the style was developed in Okinawa and China, it reflects a blend of techniques ranging from powerful and explosive punches and kicks, to more subtle and gentle blocking and evading techniques.


The physical training of Goju-Ryu is hard and rigorous, with an emphasis on strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, and breath control.


At OGKI we believe that developing and maintaining a sound body and mind are critical to getting the most out of life. With our programs you will experience a unique no-nonsense approach to self defense and exercise.



“"I hope that the next generations will not only improve technically but also know how to share their knowledge. People must pass on the traditions and not lose them"       Sensei Teruo Chinen

Okinawa Goju Ryu  Karate Do

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