Welcome to Brazil for the IOGKF 2020 South American Gasshuku!
This will be the first and long awaited IOGKF South American Gasshuku to take place in Brazil. We will hold the event within the true concept of Gasshuku, because we will all be staying at the same Resort, where we will train, eat, sleep, enjoy the recreation areas and have fun together in one place.
The Resort apartments comfortably accommodate participants and their structure is especially inviting for karatekas to bring their families.
In addition to having a huge aqua park with seven pools, the resort has a restaurant, bar, games room, thematic gardens, nature trails and lookout, with an important detail: all in front of a beautiful beach!
Although small in number of practitioners, IOGKF Brazil is making every effort to make the 2020 South American Gasshuku an unforgettable event.
We will be attended by our world chief instructor, Tetsuji Nakamura sensei, who needs no introduction, and also by Jorge Monteiro Sensei (8dan, Portugal chief instructor), Henrik Larsen Sensei (8dan, Denmark chief instrutor) and Gustavo Tata Sensei (7dan, Argentina chief instructor), who will be the instructors group of this event.
Besides these, we will have other attractions for you to be present at Gasshuku South American IOGKF 2020, in Brazil.
We will be immersed in a propitious atmosphere for the practice of Goju-Ryu karate in the city of Aracruz, State of Espirito Santo. The Resort is located about 40 km from Vitória Airport (VIX), but do not worry, we have already provided free transfer for the participants.
Attendees will be able to take the opportunity to tour before or after the event. In this sense, the city of Vitória (state capital), as well as the entire state of Espírito Santo, has much to offer.
Your presence is our great incentive in this great Brazilian adventure.
Domo arigato gozaimashita.
Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura, IOGKF Chief Instructor and Administrative director, has been training in Goju-Ryu Karate for over 30 years. He received instructions from the Karate master - Shuichi Aragaki - who is a direct student of the founder of Goju-Ryu Karate – Master Chojun Miyagi. Sensei Nakamura has won 3 World Championships – twice in kumite (sparring), and once in kata (forms).
He was a head-assistant instructor under Master Morio Higaonna (Chief Instructor of IOGKF) at the world headquarters in California, USA (1991- 1994) as well as Japanese headquarters in Tokyo (1995 – 1997). He moved to Canada 1997 as a technical advisor for IOGKF Canada. He was soon appointed as a Chief Instructor for IOGKF Canada as well as the Administrative Director for IOGKF International. In 2012 at the IOGKF World Budosai, he was promoted to IOGKF Chief Instructor by Master Morio Higaonna.
Sensei Nakamura travels internationally regularly to teach Karate seminars.He is currently a 7th degree black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate and also 2nd degree black belt in
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Sensei Jorge Monteiro is a Chief Instructor of IOGKF Portugal. He started at Shotokai Karate in 1974. In 1976 he started training Shotokan Karate and in 1977 met Sensei Morio Higaonna, in an internship the the city of Porto - Portugal. After the meeting, Jorge Monteiro Sensei began to practice Goju-Ryu. It was also at this stage that he got 1st place in Kumite and Kata in the first Goju-Ryu championship in Portugal.
In 1979 he attended Goju-Ryu's first international Gasshuku in Poole, England, and during this event, the IOGKF was founded. In 1980 he graduated 1st Dan by Morio Higaonna Sensei and in 1988 is chosen by Sensei Morio Higaonna as Chief Instructor of Portugal. In 2004 he was awarded with the title of Shihan by Sensei Morio Higaonna. He is currently Karate Trainer - Grade IV.
In 2015, he traveled to Okinawa for the IOGKF Chief Instructor Internship which takes place every two years, where he graduated 8 ° Dan.
In 2018 Sensei Jorge Monteiro was appointed Official Counselor of IOGKF International.
Sensei Gustavo Tata, 7th dan, I.O.G.K.F. Argentina Chief Instructor, and South American coordinator.
He has 41 years of martial arts training, included seven years in Kyokushinkai karate.
Participated in several competitions with excellent results:
1 st place kumite at the South American Championship 1985 Chile
4th place Iri kumi M.C.F. 1989 USA
2 nd place kumite M.C.F. 1990 U.S.A.
4th place kumite IOGKF World Championship 1991 Japan.
National and Provincial Karate-Do Champion at the Argentinean Karate-Do
Federation for several years.
Member of the Argentinean Karate- From the National Federation Team at the W.K.F.'s (ex-WUKO)
Pan American Championship in Brazil, and W.K.F's World Championship in Mexico, 1990.
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Sensei Henrik Larsen has trained karate for over 42 years and currently holds the rank of 8th dan.
In 1994, Sensei Henrik Larsen was selected join the IOGKF's Executive Committee, which acts in an advisory capacity for Higaonna Sensei. Henrik Sensei is the longest serving member of the Executive Committee, which today is comprised of Nakamura Sensei, Ernie Sensei and Henrik Sensei.
In 1998, Henrik Sensei successfully completed a 3-year Elite Training Course at The University of Southern Denmark. This course was specifically designed for National Trainers and Coaches, and is one the European Union’s most advanced courses for trainers and coaches.
Henrik Sensei has previously served as Vice President for the Danish Karate Association and National Coach/Trainer for the junior national team. Henrik Sensei has also taught in over 30 countries.
Henrik Sensei runs and teaches in Nykøbing F. Karate Club, which is Denmark’s largest karate club, with over 400 members. During the course of Henrik Sensei's teaching career, Nykøbing F. Karate Club has produced an impressive number of both World and European Masters.