Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu dates back to the 17th century to origins of Karate in Okinawa. The style's ancestry is rooted in both the Imperial fighting arts of the Shuri Castle Royal Palace guards, as well as the Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Fist gung-fu. Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu is result of 40+ years of training and research by the founder Hanshi Takamiyagi Hiroshi. It is the synthesis of two of the oldest and most prestigious fighting arts in Asia. Okinawa Shuri-Te Karate (the predecessor of all Shorin-Ryu Karate) and Wu Zhu Quan/Five Ancestors Fist Kung Fu- A hard-hitting Fujian/Southern style of gong fu that many martial arts historians and researchers believe to be the Chinese roots of Okinawan Karate. The art of Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu is a hybrid of two very old, respected, and effective martial arts, and we offer instruction exclusively at the Columbus Dojo.
A well-rounded martial art: The two martial arts systems that make up Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu utilizes the principles of balance points (Kuzushi), timing, evasive defense, body shifting offense (Tai Sabaki), Vital Point offense (Kyusho-jutsu), Standing Grappling (Okinawan Tegumi), joint manipulations and trapping (Quin Na), Iron body/Iron Shirt training (Advanced conditioning), traditional weapons training(Ryukyu Kobudo), and much more!
The founder of Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu is Takamiyagi, Hiroshi (b. 1940). Takamiyagi Sensei began his karate training in 1961, and was a senior student of Nakamura Ankichi's Shuri-Te Karate, before he began training in Wu Zhu Chuan in the 1980's. Takamiyagi Sensei travelled to Philippines to train with Sifu Alexander Lim Co, and Singapore to train with Sifu Koh Nai Kheng. Takamiyagi Sensei founded the art of Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu in 1986 and teaches these two styles along with Ryukyu Kobudo (Ancient Okinawan Weaponry).
- Hanshi 9-Dan: Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate
- Kyoshi 7-Dan: Okinawa Shuri-Te Karate-Do
- President: Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai
The Columbus Dojo, under the guidance of Garry Parker, was the first authorized branch dojo for Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu outside of Okinawa-Japan. Sensei Parker is the senior American student in Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu, and is the United States Director for the style. Mr. Parker is also the President of the IOGKA International Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate Association.- the governing body for Okinawa Goshukan Karate in the United States of America. Sensei Parker lived and trained in Okinawa for many years, and speaks both English and Japanese fluently; he enjoys sharing the language and the cultural roots of Okinawan Karate with all karate students.