WHAT PEOPLE SAY

We signed our 6 year old son up last week and he absolutely loves it. Immediately noticed a change in his behaviour....and we didn't even sign him up because of that lol. If you're looking for an extracurricular activity for your kids (or you) I highly recommend taking them to Ogawa Karate. So happy with our decision.

—  Danielle, Facebook

You won't find any children in this class.

But teens 13+ with a mature attitude are welcome.

 

Our Adults and Teens class is a friendly community-based atmosphere.

What you won't find: a room full of sweaty black belts who think they're better than you. We are a little sweaty, though. ​

 

What you will find: A friendly, small-class atmosphere of 2-6 people per class. We combine traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate with working toward fitness, flexibility and body conditioning at your own pace.

What to Expect:

Everything in karate can (and should) be done at your own pace, regardless of injuries, fitness level or anything else. Please keep this in mind!

Our classes start with a cardio or strength workout, followed by a Traditional bow-in. The first 45 seconds of THIS video show our international organization, the IOGKF, performing the bow-in at our 2019 Budosai (training seminar) in Okinawa, Japan. This isn't prayer! It's a form of respect. After this, we head into basics, partner work, kata (forms/patterns) and bunkai.

We are a proud member of the IOGKF, the largest Traditional Goju Ryu Karate organization in the world. Founded in 1979 by Sensei Morio Higaonna, it is now headed by Sensei Tetsuji Nakaumura, 7th degree black belt.

 

​But why does this matter for you?

 

​Sensei Kate Cowan, head of Ogawa Family Karate, joined the IOGKF in 2005 under Chief Instructor Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura. This links us directly to the head of IOGKF - and the chance to train with, grade, and attend training seminars under Nakamura Sensei.

What to Expect:

Everything in karate can (and should) be done at your own pace, regardless of injuries, fitness level or anything else. Please keep this in mind!

Our classes start with a cardio or strength workout, followed by a Traditional bow-in. The first 45 seconds of THIS video show our international organization, the IOGKF, performing the bow-in at our 2019 Budosai (training seminar) in Okinawa, Japan. This isn't prayer! It's a form of respect. After this, we head into basics, partner work, kata (forms/patterns) and bunkai.