About Us

Okinawakan International, is a branch of the Okinawakan World Headquarters dojo that seeks to preserve and promulgate the traditional martial arts of Okinawa, throughout North America and the world. Goju-Ryu Okinawakan was introduced to North America and the association was founded in 2010 by C. Michial Jones as a means of providing instruction, and certification, in traditional Okinawan Gojuryu and Ryukyu Ufuchiku Kobujutsu as taught by Kiichi Nakamoto Hanshi. Jones Sensei holds senior grades in Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate Do and Okinawa Kobujutsu/Kobudo, having trained in them since 1977. Jones Sensei is advised in the leadership of the association by Colonel (Ret.) Roy J. Hobbs, who is also a direct and senior student of Nakamoto Hanshi. All grades awarded by Okinawa based groups.

Okinawakan Mission: To preserve and teach the traditional martial arts of Okinawa. We strive to accomplish this in an environment free of intimidation, politics, and other distractors. We further seek to foster a spirit of fellowship and understanding, welcoming all like-minded individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, religion, national origin, or physical handicap.

Okinawakan Vision: Build healthy minds, bodies, and spirits through the study of traditional martial arts.

Membership/Affiliation: Okinawakan International is largely made up of students of Jones Sensei and Hobbs Sensei, and their students. Others wishing to join should seek out an affiliate dojo, attend one of the regularly scheduled national and international courses, or sponsor an instructor to visit one’s dojo. Membership/affiliation cannot be granted without first having one’s technique evaluated. For more information please see our Membership page or contact Jones Sensei at cmjones@okinawakan.org