Australian Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation (AOGKF)

About AOGKF 2018-01-06T16:43:36+00:00


AOGKF National is Japan recognised and is an official representative of the International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF International), which is one of few world bodies recognised by the Japanese Federal Government as an official traditional martial arts Federation. Goju-ryu Karate, under the auspices of Master Morio Higaonna has been practiced in Australia even before the formation of the world body in 1979. IOGKF Karate has been practiced in our country for over 40 years and one man who has been there since the beginning of Master Higaonna’s legacy in Australia is Sensei Joe Roses, the chief instructor of IOGKF/AOGKF in Australia.

In July 2012, Master Higaonna (74 years old at the time), stepped back from his role as World Chief Instructor of IOGKF and appointed Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura as his successor. It was around the same time that Sensei Nakamura approved a restructure of IOGKF in Australia, which resulted in the birth of the AOGKF – a newly structured and organised federation to preserve the cultural treasure of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate for future generations, along with making it available to all Australian’s irrespective of race, creed of gender. A new modern organisation to present Goju-ryu Karate in a new way for members of new and old.

Since 2012 the AOGKF has blossomed under the leadership of Sensei Roses and the AOGKF executive committee and has become the largest authentic Okinawan Karate organisation in the country. The passion, dedication and commitment of all AOGKF instructors and members has lead to the cultivation of the ‘karate family’. AOGKF welcomes all newcomers to the organisation regardless of race, gender, culture, creed, religion, previous affiliation or previous martial arts background.


AOGKF is run by a team of dedicated Australian instructors & members. The AOGKF has a full organisational structure consisting of a Chief instructor, Chairperson, executive committee, treasurer, administrative team, event staff and more. A not for profit organisation, the federation has its own specially designed support network to ensure all activities are carried out in an efficient and professional manner. The current AOGKF structure is as follows:

Sensei Joe Roses

Sensei Kevin Nash

Sensei Joe Roses
Sensei Kevin Nash
Sensei David Lambert

Secretary General: Sensei David Lambert
Treasurer: Sensei Michael Scott
Registration Officer: Sensei Luke Drady
Web Support: Kevin Kennedy


Sensei Joe Roses: Sensei Joe Roses has been practicing martial arts in Canberra for over 45 years. His famous Canberra traditional Karate centre has become the capitals oldest martial arts club. In 2012 Sensei Joe Roses become the first Australian to ever achieve the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt for IOGKF in Australia. His grade coming directly from Master Morio Higaonna and presented in Okinawa, Japan – the birthplace of Karate. Sensei Roses’ skills are highly sought after and he is often invited to give seminars in the North American, South American and Oceania regions on a regular basis.

There is no greater authority on Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate, as practiced in the IOGKF, than Sensei Roses.

Sensei Kevin Nash: Sensei Kevin Nash is a veteran martial artist with over 35 years of experience. A direct student of Sensei Joe Roses, his high skill level has seen him become one of Australia’s most popular and well liked Karate instructors. Sensei Nash is often referred to as an ‘Okinawan local’ by members of AOGKF, due to the large amount of time he spends training in the birthplace of Karate each year. His annual pilgrimages see him study under the watchful eye of the world’s highest master on regular basis.

In 2016, Sensei Nash received 6th Degree black belt status in Okinawa after a gruelling test. His grade was awarded to him by Master Morio Higaonna in the birthplace of Goju-ryu Karate, this feat has been achieved by few Australians. Affectionately known around the world as ‘Sensei Kev’, in 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the AOGKF for his integrity and high passion towards protecting Okinawan Karate.

Sensei David Lambert: Sensei David Lambert was literally born into Karate. His father was chief instructor of IOGKF in Australia and his uncle was of the same position in Scotland. Following the passing of his father, he assisted as an instructor until he eventually become the head Sensei at the famous Lambert Karate Dojo, which is now one of the largest Karate schools in Australia. Sensei Lambert has travelled the world, spending an extended period of time living in Okinawa, Japan. He has also spent time training and teaching in Europe, Japan, North America and the Oceania region.

In 2012 he became the first Australian to ever instruct at the IOGKF Okinawa World Budosai, the largest martial arts training event in the world. He has since spent a great deal of time in Canada training under the current IOGKF World Chief Instructor, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura the International organisations world headquarters. After starting Karate at the age of 3 and after 25 of training, in 2016 Sensei Lambert was awarded the grade of 4th Degree Black belt by the IOGKF World Chief Instructor in Okinawa, Japan.