Joining us

Membership of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai is open. If you are not a member of a Shibu or Jun Shibu Dojo, please come to a seminar and apply in person.

Becoming a Shibu (branch) or Jun Shibu (affiliate)

If you wish to join the  Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai as a Shibu or Jun Shibu you must

  • Have a background in Goju Ryu Karate
  • Attend seminars with Taira sensei
  • Speak directly with a Shibu head at the seminar, or the senior ranked shibu in your country,  about joining

  • Any student at a Kenkyukai Jun Shibu or Shibu dojo is eligible to become a member of the Kenkyukai.
  • Kyu grades are welcome to become members of the Kenkyukai.
  • Students from Shibu and Jun Shibu dojo who have attained the rank of Shodan or greater are encouraged to become full members of the Kenkyukai.
  • Members must:
    • Be a member of a Kenkyukai Jun Shibu or Shibu dojo
    • Have paid their yearly fees to the Kenkyukai
    • Students who would like to become members should:
      • Download and complete this form
      • Give it to your Instructor for completion and arrange payment
    • Instructors are responsible for collecting and paying students membership fees to the organization.
  • You must be a member of the Kenkyukai to present for any Yudansha grading
Membership Benefits

  • The privilege of Yudansha grading within the Kenyukai
  • Members only sessions at seminars

Our Mailing List

 If you  want to keep up with us a bit more, consider joining the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai Mailing list. We put a lot more in the email than we do in the blog, and it's a good way for you to keep up with minimal effort, since we push it to you without you having to come here to us.

Membership is not a requirement for seminar attendance!