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Welcome to the American Okinawan Karate Association.

About us

The American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA) is a membership based organization comprising of individuals, dojos and organizations that have a common interest in traditional Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate. It functions for the mutual benefit of its members, serves as a center of support, and promotes Isshin Ryu Karate nationally and internationally.  


Become a member

The American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA) is the first and the only Isshin Ryu organization recognized by our founder, Tatsuo Shimabuku. We are a professionally managed association of Traditional Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate practitioners, clubs and organizations from around the world.

Membership--and active participation--in the AOKA is open to everyone regardless of rank or organizational affiliation. We are dedicated to providing educational opportunities for our members, their schools and the instructors.

Join us

Our advantages

  • Instructor Certification: AOKA offers an Instructor Certification Program
  • Rank Advancement: The AOKA offers rank (kyu/dan) advancement to members who currently do not have a teacher to promote them.
  • Events and Seminars: The AOKA organizes regular seminars and events throughout the United States and in other countries around the world. Members have the Opportunity to study and train with renowned martial arts experts representing several styles of martial arts.
  • Networking: Membership in the AOKA provides you access to a martial arts network of practitioners, instructors, successful business (dojo) owners, and martial arts leaders from around the world willing to share their knowledge and perspectives with other members.
  • Forums and Chat Rooms: AOKA membership lets you connect instantly and discuss a wide range of topics with members across the country and globe through an online forum and chat rooms.  
  • Online File Sharing: AOKA members receive access to information in the AOKA Members Only area of our website.
  • Webcasts, Podcasts, Video and Photo Galleries: Exclusive Access to The AOKA Digital Library grants you free instant access to Webcasts, podcasts and our photo and video gallery.
  • Articles, Original Research, Whitepapers and more: The AOKA provides users with access to primary and secondary research papers, articles, and whitepapers covering the origins, history, development and techniques of Isshin Ryu karate and other martial arts.
  • Newsletter: Current AOKA members will receive periodic newsletters.

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Phone: +1 (630) 768-7683

Email: admin@theaoka.com

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