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Sensei Emil Hillel

Sensei Emil Hillel was born on 11/11/1966 in Bulgaria.

At the age of 10, he starts to train judo in one of the few clubs in the country.

”We did not have any information about martial arts, because the government didn’t allow ordinary people to train karate. Only people who were in the army and the police force were allowed. At that time karate was like a myth for us. At the judo dojo, we didn’t have gi (judo uniform). So we practised with pants and shirts. The floor was hard, we didn’t have mats.”

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Training in karate teaches us not only self-defense but, to respect others as well as ourselves. We train our body to be strong, and our mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings we can be. Karate is a spiritual endeavour, a way to develop a person as an individual.

What is IOGKF?

The International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF) was established in July 1979 by Morio Higaonna Sensei. The IOGKF was established for the purpose of protecting and preserving traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do as an intangible cultural treasure in its original form as passed on by Goju-Ryu founder Chojun Miyagi, and spreading this art throughout the nations of the world. Most importantly, the IOGKF was being formed with the support and backing of Ken Miyagi (fourth son of Goju-Ryu founder Chojun Miyagi), An’ichi Miyagi (successor to Chojun Miyagi) and senior students of the late Chojun Miyagi: Seiko Kina, Seijin Nakamoto, Kiei Tomoyose, Shunshin Furugen, Jitsuei Yogi, and Shuichi Aragaki.

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