Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate is a traditional style of Karate with roots reaching back to Foo Chow province in China from where the skills taught by Master Ryu Ryuku was brought to the island of Okinawa by the famous Okinawan Master, Kanryu Higaonna. One of his foremost students, the legendary Chojun Miyagi, developed his own unique style from the teachings of Master Higaonna and named it Goju-Ryu. GOJU means literally HARD/SOFT with the GO implying physical strength and a strong character whilst the JU implies a supple and mobile body with a flexible, gentle nature. RYU means system.

Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia (OGKN) prides itself in practicing traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate. Our goal is practical, real world self-defense whilst placing a strong emphasis on karate’s core values; courtesy, honesty, integrity, loyalty, discipline and respect. At OGKN we believe that Karate-do training benefits all practitioners; regardless of their age, race, gender, or nationality.

“We aim to improve the quality of life of all of our members and to make a positive impact on the world.”

– Sensei Carl van der Merwe