Constitution

Constitution

Article I - Name and Location


The official name of the organization shall be the Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai. The OGRKK was officially formed in June of 1999. The organization may be referred to as the OGRKK. The organization's Hombu dojo address shall be:

Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai

9331 Summer Meadows Drive

Colorado Springs, Colorado – 80925


Article II - Purpose

The purpose of the OGRKK is to practice, teach, and perpetuate the historical, technical, philosophical, and social implications of Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do.

Article III - Means

A. Practice: Endeavor to train as we have been taught.

B. Teach: Discipline ourselves to teach the Karate of Okinawan Goju Ryu without change and only with variations agreed to and not fundamentally erosive of the core materials.

C. History and philosophy: These elements are key in developing the whole person. Without these most basic principles, karate would be only physical education.

Article IV - Governance

The OGRKK shall be independent and governed by its own constitution. The organization shall abide by the provisions of this constitution, and in accordance with the laws of the United States of America. Members and member dojo of the OGRKK operating outside of the legal boundaries of the United States of America shall abide by the laws and regulations appropriate to their location.

The structure of the OGRKK shall consist of the following:

1) Chairman - The Chairman and co-founder of the OGRKK is Steven R. Wilson, Shihan. Wilson Shihan was appointed as the second Chairman of the organization by John S. O’Hara Hanshi, on December 29, 2014.  Wilson Shihan shall remain Chairman of the OGRKK and shall be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Instructor of the OGRKK, until such time as he retires and appoints a successor.  In the event Wilson Shihan becomes incapacitated or deceased before appointing a successor, then the Executive Committee shall vote on the appointment of a new Chairman.  Diana L. Wilson, OGRKK Administrative Director shall vote for Wilson Shihan.Wilson Shihan owns the trademark Okinawan Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai.

2) Executive Committee - The Executive Committee is appointed by the Chairman and shall consist of members in good standing, who hold the minimum rank of Godan (5th Dan). The executive committee discusses and provides input regarding organizational policies, standards, events, schedules, and membership.

3) Administrative Director - The OGRKK shall have an Administrative Director (serves as secretary/treasurer) who is appointed by the Chairman. The current Administrative Director is Diana Wilson.  The Administrative Director supports and assists the Chairman with bulletins, memos, records, membership rosters, and the general administrative functions as requested by the chairman.

4) Grading Panel - The OGRKK shall have an Organizational Grading Panel to discourage favoritism, and ensure the quality and standards of the organization are upheld. The Grading Panel shall consist of members in good standing who hold a minimum rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt), and who are appointed by the chairman. Grading Panel candidates are nominated by any member of the Executive Committee, with confirmation by the Chairman. The Grading Panel sits on all Dan level promotional examinations as requested by the Chairman, and for all gradings for the Rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) or higher. Candidates pass or fail based on majority vote.

5)  Assistant Chief Instructors – The chairman can appoint senior members as Assistant Chief Instructors who hold a minimum rank of Yondan and are members in good standing.  The purpose of the Assistant Chief Instructors is to receive detailed instruction from the chairman and other senior members/instructors and to assist in teaching and standardizing the OGRKK membership.  Assistant Chief Instructors may also conduct gradings while visiting Shibu Dojo.  The current Assistant Chief Instructors of the OGRKK are Gabe Wolcott Sensei, Bryan Travis Smith Sensei, and Charlie Tootle Sensei. 

Article V - Functions of the Organization

The functions of the organization include:

1. Reviewing membership applications and responding to the same.
2. Issuing Dojo Membership Certificates
3. Conducting Dan level promotional examinations in Goju Ryu and Kobudo
4. Issuing rank certification for Kyu and Dan levels in Goju Ryu and Kobudo
5. Collecting membership dues by June 1st of each year.
6. Creating and distributing a Newsletter(s) to all member dojo.
7. Conducting organizational tournaments as scheduled or approved by the Chairman
8. Researching and sharing information regarding and relevant to martial arts, specifically Goju Ryu Karate and Okinawan Ryukyu Kobudo
9. Hear and settle disputes or concerns from members and member dojo, regarding the organization or constitution (personal matters not withstanding).
10. Provide an annual Advanced Gasshuku at Hombu Dojo for Yudansha
11. Provide for or approve an Annual Gasshuku for the general membership that may rotate locations.

12. Advance the technical expertise and understanding of the membership.

Article VI - Membership

There are three types of membership in the OGRKK. Each member dojo shall 
be referred to as a Shibu Dojo (branch Dojo). Each Shibu Dojo shall be required to register all students as members of the OGRKK Between January 1st and March 31st of each year. All students of Shibu dojo shall be considered members.

Individual OGRKK members shall be those members who do not have or belong to a Shibu Dojo, but desire membership in OGRKK. Individual members may be members who only participate in karate or members who only participate in kobudo. A member does not have to practice Goju Ryu karate to be a kobudo member.

There are no other titles of officers in the OGRKK. There shall be no regional Chief Instructors. All other Dojo heads are considered designated instructors. All members within the OGRKK are considered equal, although some may have higher rank. There shall be no other specific titles within the OGRKK. The Chairman may assign senior members as area or country representative for administrative purposes.

Candidates seeking membership in the OGRKK who have a legitimate Goju Ryu background but who live too far away to travel to Hombu Dojo, may submit a resume, copies of their certificates, and a DVD to the Chairman for review. The above stated process may qualify one for acceptance into the organization. Meeting in person and training together is always preferred.

Dues shall be $25 per student per year. Each member dojo shall keep $5 of the fee to support their own dojo, and shall remit the remaining $20 per student, along with a student roster, to Hombu Dojo each year by June 1st. Students of Shibu Dojo enrolling between June and February (inclusive) are responsible for the $25 fee on June 1st of the current year.

Article VII - Regulations

Regulation 1 - Location of Shibu Dojo:
No two Shibu Dojo are permitted to be within 10 miles of one another, unless an exception is made by the Chairman.

Regulation 2 - Use of Organizational Material:
Only current members shall be permitted to use the OGRKK emblem or name. All members of the OGRKK shall be required to wear the OGRKK patch on uniforms at all martial functions or events. All emblems shall be worn over the left breast. Only current members who have paid the annual membership fee are entitled to wear the organizational patch.  The Kobudo patch may be worn on the left forearm sleeve, the left shoulder, on over the heart on a Kobudo only Gi top.

Regulation 3 - Training amongst Shibu Dojo:
Students of Shibu Dojo and all OGRKK members are encouraged to train together. No student member shall be permitted to switch dojo among member Shibu Dojo without the expressed written consent from the instructors of both dojo, and or by obtaining permission of the Chairman before changing dojo. Yudansha are welcome to train at any Shibu dojo as a visitor.  Yudansha are always welcome and encouraged to get together on their own for additional training.

Regulation 4 - Grading Authorization:
Shibu dojo Instructors shall be permitted to grade their own students up to two levels below their own rank. However, All gradings of Sandan (3rd Dan) or higher shall be conducted by the OGRKK Grading Panel, or the OGRKK Chairman.

Regulation 5 - Certificates
All Shibu Dojo shall purchase and use the OGRKK Rank Certificates. Kyu Certificates are available at Hombu Dojo for $10.00 each. Yudansha Certificates are available from Hombu Dojo for $50.00 each. All Shibu Dojo are required to display the OGRKK Dojo Membership Certificate at their Dojo.  All Yudansha grading fees are $100 regardless of level.

Regulation 6 - Kata
No member of the OGRKK or Shibu Dojo members shall be permitted to alter or combine kata, even for the purpose of competition. All OGRKK members are required to perform the traditional versions of Goju-Ryu kata, whether they are the traditional Japanese version (Goju-Kai), or the traditional Okinawan versions (Higa or Miyazato Lineage).  The standard for the OGRKK is Miyazato Lineage.The OGRKK accepted standard of kata is set and determined by the Chairman.

Regulation 7 - Character Values
At all events and in daily life, members of the OGRKK shall conduct themselves in a moral manner that sets a proper example for students and the general public. Members shall not engage in street fighting unless to protect themselves, their family, or their country. Members shall not engage in any form of harassment whether verbal, mental, emotional, sexual, or physical. Members shall not be intoxicated at any OGRKK function. All Kohai are expected to treat their Sempai, Sensei, and the general public with respect in and out of the Dojo. 

No OGRKK members shall speak poorly of other members or other karate organizations. All members shall strive to develop positive relationships with other styles and organizations. 

No OGRKK members shall share organizational materials or information with non-members, without the express consent of the Chairman. No OGRKK members shall complain or argue with any officials, or engage in any form of disrespectful action at any event where the member is representing the OGRKK.

 Regulation 8 - Disciplinary Procedures

The Chairman has the authority to discipline any OGRKK member for violation of the Constitution. The Chairman may ask the Executive Committee to hear the issues of an accusation and to make a recommendation regarding discipline. The Chairman may also dispense disciplinary action to any of the members of the Executive Committee. All members accused of committing a violation of the OGRKK shall be entitled to be heard in full, prior to any decision or action being taken against them. Members may also be disciplined for instigating and taking part in negative, non-productive gossip, which is unfounded and intended to hurt the organization or its membership. Members may be disciplined or expelled for not paying the annual dues, not submitting their students’ membership dues, not submitting the appropriate fees and expenses for Gasshuku, not following or teaching the approved curriculum and standard of the organization, or other violations that are not in the best interest of the organization. 

Regulation 9 - Affiliation with organizations:

No member of the OGRKK shall be affiliated with any other Karate organization unless said affiliation is disclosed at the time membership application is filed with the OGRKK. Members of OGRKK are free to affiliate with other organizations teaching other traditional forms of martial arts, as long as they contain no form of karate-do, or they are only competition oriented. Accepted other forms of martial arts that members may engage in include Kodokan Judo, Aikido, Kobudo, Iaido, Tai Chi, or Japanese Jujitsu.

Regulation 10 - Training Requirements:

All OGRKK Shibu Dojo Instructors shall be required to train at Hombu Dojo at least once per year (if distance and expense of travel is reasonable), or shall have the OGRKK Chairman or an Assistant Chief Instructor visit their dojo once per year. This will ensure that Shibu Dojo Instructors are maintaining the standards of the OGRKK, and that they themselves are advancing.

 Regulation 11 - OGRKK Funds:

 Membership funds shall be kept in a separate account. OGRKK funds shall only be used for expenses and functions that are directly related and specifically for OGRKK activities, materials, supplies, events, or training. In April and October of each year, the Chairman shall disclose to the Executive Committee, a financial summary of the organization. By these means the Executive committee and the Chairman can review and discuss the organizational finances to determine what improvements may be made, or whether or not there are available funds to create additional programs within the organization. 

ORGKK Sanctioned Gasshuku shall be to further advance the training of the membership, share information and technique, and to develop relations among the members. Sanctioned events ensure attendance from the membership. In this way, each host of OGRKK Gasshuku shall contribute 10% of the profit from the Gasshuku.  Each host is also responsible for the Chairman’s expenses to include airfare, hotel, and vehicle, not to exceed $1,000.

At each OGRKK sanctioned tournament the tournament promoter shall contribute 5 percent (%) of the tournament profits to the OGRKK to help support the functions and expenses of the organization. Being an OGRKK sanctioned event helps ensure participation and attendance of the organization, which increases the profits for the promoter.

Article VIII – Ranks and Grading Requirements:

All OGRKK Shibu Dojo shall use a ten (10) Kyu ranking system. Each Dojo may use their own color belt system. However, all color belt systems must include a White belt representing a beginner, a Green belt representing an intermediate student, and a Brown belt representing an advanced student. Dojo are welcome to use junior ranks as well, which are not included here. However, all Junior Black Belt must re-test at the age of 18 for an equivalent adult rank. Below are the minimum requirements for gradings.

Green Belt
Brown Belt 
Shodan
Nidan
Sandan
Yondan
Godan
Rokudan
Nanadan
Hachidan

No age requirement
No age requirement
18 years of age
21 years of age
26 years of age
30 years of age
35 years of age
40 years of age
50 years of age
60 years of age

1 year of training
2 years of training
3 years of training
6 years of training
10 years of training
15 years of training
20 years of training
25 years of training 
30 years of training
40 years of training

 

 

 

The title of Shihan shall only be awarded by the Chairman.  Any member of the Executive Committee can nominate any member in good standing who holds the minimum rank of Godan and who has taught karate for a minimum of twice per week for at least ten years.  Candidates for the title of Shihan must also be a minimum of 45 years of age.  No member shall be considered for the rank of Rokudan unless they are a minimum 50 years of age.

 

The OGRKK requires that all member dojo teach the following curriculum:

 

Junbi Undo

Hojo Undo

Ude and Geri Tanren

Kihon

Kihon Ido

Renzoku

Kata

Bunkai

Jiyu Kumite

Iri Kumi

Kakie

Revised Steven R. Wilson, Chairman May 5,2016