With the events of the past year we are proud of the continued efforts by members of the Okinawa Gojuryu Organization both in North America and Globally. The world continued to be impacted by COVID-19 and skilled Sensei's continued to educate and provide training opportunities for their students. Whether it is in-person or virtual, all efforts of sharing Traditional Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai education are important for molding and shaping new students.
We want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year while hoping all school continue to thrive and train throughout 2022, the year of the Tiger!
We are very excited about our site upgrades! Our upgrades will will make it easier for new users to find and navigate through our site so others can learn more about Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai! Be sure to check back for updates, news, announcements, and events! Our goal is to connect all schools and join our Martial Arts family in training in traditional training under the guidance of Taira Sensei and his education of Bunkai.
Future updates will include a more current school locator to identify schools that are affiliated and schools that are certified with the Gokuryu Kenkyukai North America. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are part of the organization and would like us to share your school news or are interested in joining!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year and safe and educational training!
Wishing everyone across the world a Happy and Healthy Holiday from the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai North America Family!
We are very proud of two Okinawan Gojuryu KenkyuKai schools who recently participated and had multiple students place on November 21st's Who's Who Open Tournament at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey.
Students from Mountain Martial Arts / Gojuryu Kenkyukai of New Jersey
and United Martial Artist Academy represented and demonstrated traditional Okinawan Gojuryu Katas as well as competing in weapons and Kumite. Congratulations to all the students who had the courage to compete and demonstrate their Martial Arts abilities!
Congratulations to United Martial Artist on their successful school demonstration at a local town fair event. United had a booth which promoted their school and a Martial Arts performance.
It was also supported by their mentor/ Kenkyukai North America's Head Shibu School Mountain Martial Arts / Gojuryu Kenkyukai of New Jersey.
We are proud to see the continued collaboration from Kenkyukai schools across the country. As well as their continued sharing of Gojuryu Kenkyukai education! To all Kenkyukai schools in North America, if you are or have had an excited event, tell us about it!
Happy and safe training to everyone!
Sensei Ashok Pawar (Sensei Ash) from our Shibu Dojo in North America is a true Martial Artist and teacher of Goju Ryu. He can often be found leading and taking class in New Jersey with always the keen eye to help and support others with the desire to learn!
We are proud to have Sensei Ash from Mountain Martial Arts/Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai of NJ visiting and training with a Goju Ryu school in India. The students were enthusiastic and open minded to Sensei Ash's teachings. We look forward to the continued exchange of knowledge and for all of us training together in person in the future.
No matter where we all are in the world we are part of the same family!
Thank you Sensei Ash for being an ambassador of Martial Arts education and Goju Ryu Kenkyukai!
The seminar featured the teachings of Masaji Taira Sensei, the Okinawa chairman of the Goju Ryu Kenkukai. He is well known in the Okinawan karate world for his innovative approach to traditional karate.
Taira Sensei also awarded Young with Shibucho status for the Menomonie Goju Ryu dojo. This means that Menomonie Goju is one of only 45 official branch dojos worldwide that are entrusted with carrying the lineage of Okinawan Goju Ryu karate.
Young has studied traditional Goju Ryu karate for 30 years. He began to study with Loterbauer Sensei in 2001. Since that time, he has made multiple trips to Okinawa to study at the home dojo.
“Goju is a deep art not wide and working with Taira Sensei you begin to understand what that means,” Young said. “To receive this status with his organization is a huge honor for us. I wish to thank Loterbauer Sensei for 14 years of guidance and helping me to begin to understand the true way of Okinawan Goju Ryu karate.”
In addition to karate, Young studies and instructs Matayoshi Kobudo (Okinawan weapon arts), yoga and Tai Chi. He is a licensed acupuncturist and Asian bodywork therapist in Menomonie.
Through it all, many have kept the spirit and dedication of the education of the Kenkyukai by finding new ways to share knowledge. Virtual training, renovations to school dojos, outdoor training, and many other changes had to take place to survive. Now we want to all come back together, support one another, learn from each other, and share about events and Martial Arts opportunities by all Kenkyukai North America schools!
If you are a Branch Dojo and want to share information/events about your school reach out to us and we would love to help you include others.
If you are a Dojo who is interested in learning more or arranging a Seminar with an affiliated Kenkyukai Dojo, reach out to us and we will be happy to help connect you!
You can reach out to us via:
To learn more about the Global Organization and Taira Sensei, check out the main website for Gojuryu Kenkyukai
We are looking forward to connecting with you and your school!