Chief Instructor: Garry Parker
Experience: 28 yrs training, 17 yrs teaching (2yrs. Assistant in Okinawa)
5-Dan Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate
5-Dan Shihan Karate-Do
President: International Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate Association
Sensei Parker began his martial arts training as a high school student training Kodokan Judo in 1984 with Sensei Al Schmitt at the Central YMCA in Columbus, GA. After enlisting in the USAF, Mr. Parker was stationed at Osan A.B. Republic of Korea, where he continued training Judo at the base gym, followed by an assignment in Kadena Air Base Okinawa-Japan in 1991, and began training in Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate at the Hamagawa Dojo with the founder: HanshiTakamiyagi Hiroshi. Sensei Parker separated from Active Duty in February 1994, acquired a visa from the government of Japan, and remained in Okinawa to continue training with Takamiyagi Hanshi at the Hamagawa Dojo. In March 1995, Sensei Parker was promoted to shodan/blackbelt, and began assisting with the teaching of the children's class at the honbu dojo in Sunabe-Chatan, Okinawa.
Sensei Parker returned to the USA in September 1996; he was honorably discharged from the USAF Reserve in 1998, and opened the Columbus Dojo in March 1999. Mr. Parker has the distinction of being the first American promoted to Blackbelt by the founder of Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate, as well as being the first American authorized to teach and open a Branch Dojo outside of Okinawa. Sensei Parker still travels to Okinawa to train with Master Takamiyagi, and was appointed the US Director/Shibu-Cho in 2003.
In addition to the primary system of Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu, Parker also cross-trains in Okinawa Kobujutsu (Weaponry), Ju-Jutsu, and Police Tactics.
US Director for Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate: 2003-present
- President of the International Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate Association (IOGKA) the governing body for all Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu students and teachers in the United States of America.
- Fluent in Japanese and English, and is actively involved in the local International community.
Teaches local law enforcement officers, US Army CID, Federal officers, and members of the US Army Rangers and Special Forces.
Inducted into the 2009 UMAA Martial Arts International Hall of Fame as Regional Instructor of the Year.
Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai (Okinawa Honbu)
International Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate Association
Zen Sekai Bujutsu Kyokai (UMAA)
Goshukan-Ryu Style Advisor (2009-present)
Renshi Board of Directors (2010-present)
Georgia State Director (2010)
Senior Instructor: Izumi Shimabukuro-Parker
Experience: 13 yrs. training, 8 yrs. teaching
3-Dan - Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate
Tashi Teaching License - IOGKA
Senpai Izumi is a native of Okinawa, and has lived in the United States since 1996. Mrs. Parker began training at the Columbus Dojo in 1999, and has the distinction of being the first female promoted to Blackbelt in Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate in 2004. Senpai Izumi received her Assistant Instructor certification in Dec. 2004, and she received her Instructor certification in Mar. 2006, was promoted to 2-Dan in 2009, and promoted to 3-Dan in 2012.
Senpai Izumi is our full-time Instructor for Junior children's class (7-12 yrs.) She is also the Head Instructor for the Karate Kids classes (4-6 yrs). As the mother of five children ranging in age from 8 - 22 years, Senpai Izumi possesses the unique patience that is necessary to effectively guide and teach the junior students.