Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate is a traditional style of Karate with roots reaching back to the Foo Chow province in China.
Fighting skills taught by Master Ryu Ryuku where brought back 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.
Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate Namibia (OGKN) was founded in 1979 by Shihan Hennie De Vries.
In January 1999, Sensei Carl van der Merwe took over as Chief Instructor of the organization and since 2003, OGKN has been a member of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation (IOGKF).
The IOGKF is the largest traditional Okinawan Karate organization in the world. Under the leadership of World Chief Instructor, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura and his International Executive committee, IOGKF International is committed to preserving the intangible cultural treasure of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do, which has been passed down to us in its original form from one generation to the next.
IOGKF founder and legendary Goju-Ryu Grand Master, Sensei Morio Higaonna (10th Dan) still advises the Federation to this day and provides a direct lineage to the styles founder, Chojun Miyagi Sensei.