On Saturday 29 October 2022, Higaonna Sensei held the very first meeting of his new organization the Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate do Federation (TOGKF). In attendance from (right to left) were Higaonna Hiroshi (Higaonna Sensei’s younger brother) Uehara Sensei, Yonesato Sensei, Higaonna Sensei, Terauchi Sensei, Higaonna Alanna, Joseph Tait, and Kuramoto Sensei.
The new organisational model will have Higaonna Sensei and his Honbu dojo in Okinawa at the centre while all member dojos and organisations will have direct access to the Higaonna dojo and to Higaonna Sensei. The TOGKF’s vision is to provide a vehicle to better assist Higaonna Sensei’s legacy of spreading Traditional Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate-Do around the world.
Its vision is to deliver an organization that will provide anyone, whether they belong to an official organization or association or not, access to Higaonna Sensei’s Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate-Do. It will be an organization that will empower you, the karate-ka, to not only assist Higaonna Sensei in protecting our existing legacy, but to grow it and nurture it.