We are a proud member of the IOGKF-USA. The IOGKF-USA is a part of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation, the foremost organization in promoting real Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do.
De Wet Sensei believes in quality over quantity. While there may be larger organizations around, the IOGKF is known for its emphasis on tradition, quality and high expectations. This is why de Wet Sensei has been part of the organization for the past 40 years. The IOGKF does have a number of member countries throughout the world, and students are made to feel welcome if they can visit affiliated Dojo. Check http://www.iogkf.com for more details. (Please note that members who are visiting other Dojo require a letter from their Sensei. This is correct etiquette, which is a foundation stone of learning Karate-do.)
Training in Goju Ryu
Okinawa Goju Ryu is a system unique in both content and approach. Because of this, training is well structured, with an individual syllabus for each level.Karate is much like an inverted pyramid, with each block building on the next, and because of the need for a strong foundation, significant time is spent on conditioning and basic training.Outside of the Junbi Undo (warm ups), Hojo Undo (supplementary exercises) and Kihon (basic training), we have the heart of Goju Ryu, the Kata (Form).My view is best explained by using a painting analogy, the first three are like learning what a brush is, how to hold a brush, and how to move the brush. The Kata are the great works of the Masters, and we must try to copy them carefully and exactly, until we are infused with the message of the art. Only then will we be able to express them, and attempt to make the art ours. Kumite
Okinawa Goju Ryu has many forms of Kumite (Loosely translated as sparring, but this can be misleading). From Kihon work with a partner where the exercises is limited to individual techniques (eg: Tanren or conditioning), to Yakosuko Kumite (promised sparring), to San Dan Gi (three level sparring), to Kakie Kumite (push hands sparring) to Bunkai Kumite (application sparring) to Iri Kumi Go and Ju (Okinawan free fighting). Facilities and equipment We have some excellent facilities and equipment in our private Dojo. What we will have in our public location remains to be seen.The majority of the floor space is matted for the practice of throws and takedowns, and we have all the necessary equipment available for those who wish to pursue the full-contact Karate option.We have several hanging bags, mirrors, pads, mitts, skipping ropes, Chi Ishi, Nigiri Game, Makiwara, Tetsu Sashi and a Kongoken etc. at the private Dojo, and on special occasions we bring some of the Hojo Undo equipment from the private Dojo for members to use at seminars, or special outdoors training.
Important note: Partner work
Okinawa Goju Ryu is full of partner work. Note the use of the word partner.
Goju Ryu is not antagonistic, and we are careful to treat each other with respect. Partners are necessary for us to progress, and abusing Dojo members is not tolerated.
As Higaonna Sensei says, "Challenge Yourself!"