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.

Many people have asked to go to Okinawa and train with Taira Sensei, in order to join the Kenkyukai. This is NOT an option. Taira sensei does not take visitors at his Okinawan dojo. The only method for joining the Kenkyukai is the process outline below.

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 an ordinary 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!