CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
GOJU-KAI KARATE-DO, U.S.A.
© 1975 By Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A., National Headquarters
ARTICLE I NAME OF ORGANIZATION
The official name of this organization shall be National Goju-Kai Karate-Do of the
U.S.A., and shall henceforth be known as Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. The Japanese
translated name of this organization shall be known as Zen Beikoku Karate-Do Goju-Kai.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
To encourage interest and provide instruction in the art and science of Karate-Do:
concentrated in a particular institution known as Karate-Do Goju-Kai, which was
founded by Master Gogen Yamaguchi and now is governed by his eldest son, N. Gosei
Yamaguchi. Karate-Do Goju-Kai practices a style known as Goju-Ryu Karate-Do.
ARTICLE III JURISDICTION
For the purpose stated above Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall establish and maintain
international, national, and regional offices and claims jurisdiction over them regarding
the following matters:
2. To conduct examinations and promote participants with ranks of Dan and Kyu. To
authorize the ranks with uniform certification issued by the National Headquarters. To
establish the standard criteria and systems for the promotional examination and train
3. To foster and promote championship tournaments among the members on a high plane of
sportsmanship and friendly endeavor. To establish the judging system and train qualified
judges for such tournaments.
ARTICLE IV GOVERNMENT
A. Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall be an independent organization, officially
recognized by N. Gosei Yamaguchi, at the International Headquarters of Goju-Kai Karate-Do
in the United States, and governed by its own constitution and by-laws.
B. Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall be presided over by N. Gosei Yamaguchi, the first-
born son of Gogen Yamaguchi.
ARTICLE V MEETINGS
The National Headquarters of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall arrange meetings as
1. General Instruction Meetings
ARTICLE VI MEMBERS
A. The membership of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall consist of persons or groups
advocating Goju-Ryu Karate-Do and others such persons who shall be recognized by the
National Headquarters in accordance with Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. regulations. No one
shall be denied membership on the basis or their race, religion, national origin, or sex.
B. The membership of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall consist of two classes:
1. Group, which consists of the recognized Goju-Kai Karate-Do dojo, or club.
C. Dojo, or club, members are the recognized regional offices of the National Goju-Kai
Karate-Do Karate-Do, U.S.A..
D. Both dojo, or club, members and individual members may lose their membership for any
of the following reasons:
1. Petition for withdrawal
E. Only the National Headquarters shall make final decisions concerning the expulsion
of an undesirable member.
ARTICLE VII OFFICERS
A. Titles of the officers of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. are the following:
B Chairman: N. Gosei Yamaguchi, who was appointed as the National Chief Instructor by
late Master Gogen Yamaguchi shall be concurrent chairman of the Goju-Kai Karate-Do,
C Secretary: H. Donald Buck, who was appointed by the Chairman, shall be the Secretary
of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A..
D. Treasurer: Dinh Van Nguyen, who was appointed by the Chairman, shall be the
Treasurer of the Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A..
E. Examiners: Black Belt rank holders shall be trained and nominated as examiners by
F. Directors: An instructor who represents his/her dojo, or club, shall be recognized
G. Assistant Instructor: Black Belt rank holders of Shodan Ho and above shall be
appointed Assistant Instructors by Directors.
H. Officials: Black Belt rank holders of Shodan Ho and above shall be recognized as
ARTICLE VIII GENERAL POLICY
A. Only the recognized regional offices and members of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall
be entitled to the benefits and privileges of:
1. The official emblem of the clenched Goju-Kai fist.
B. Limitations of the usage of the above are as follows:
1. The official emblem of the clenched Goju-Kai fist, a registered service mark at the
U.S. Patent Office, may be used in the following ways:
a. An emblem patch may be applied to the left side of a top gi. (Only white top and
bottom gi are allowed.) There shall be no other emblems or printings other than an
official name of regional offices
b. The emblem may be reproduced on a letterhead, envelopes, and other printed materials
for official business.
c. Only the National Headquarters shall issue membership cards and diplomas imprinted
with the emblem.
2. The organization name may be used in the following ways:
a. Only the National Headquarters shall use the name, Goju-Kai Karate- Do, U.S.A.
b. The recognized regional offices must use their official names in compliance with the By-Laws Section I-2b).
c. The domain names GOJUKAI
and/or GOJU-KAI are intellectual property registered and owned by Norimi Gosei
Yamaguchi. No regional offices or their members are permitted to register any
domain names combined with or using GOJUKAI and GOJU-KAI. Additionally no
regional offices and their members are permitted to create or publish a website
that utilizes GOJUKAI and GOJU-KAI as part of its labeling, titling or
headings. However, within www.gojukai.com,
the official Goju-Kai Karate-Do, USA website, there is a section, entitled,
"SHIBU DOJO Schools, Affiliated with honbu dojo" which is available
for regional offices to publish the details concerning their school, classes,
hours and instructors.
3. The names of Master Gogen Yamaguchi and other executive officers may be used in
print for official matters if a copy of the material is submitted to the Chairman for
SECTION I REGISTRATION
A. Registration or certification of membership is required of all members, subject to
rules and limitations imposed by Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A.
1. Duration of registration shall be for life.
Application forms for dojos or clubs which qualify for group membership according to
the Constitution (Article VI-B) shall be obtained from the National Headquarters. They
must be fully completed and signed by the instructor who is responsible for instruction in
the dojo or club.
a. Certified dojo or club members shall be listed under the standardized- format name
of the regional offices of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A..
b. A regional office shall be identified by first indicating the city, then Goju-Kai
Karate-Do, then the state. For example:
San Francisco Goju-Kai Karate-Do,
In the event there are more than two dojos or clubs in the same city, minor schools
shall be identified by the street or district, then Goju- Kai Karate-Do, then the city.
Collingwood Goju-Kai Karate-Do,
c. The certified instructor of the dojo or club shall be listed as the director of the
3. Individual Membership
Application forms for individuals who qualify for membership according to the
Constitution (Article VI-B2) shall be obtained from the National Headquarters. They must
be fully completed and signed by each applicant for membership and must be endorsed by the
director of the dojo or club. The completed forms must be collected and sent by the
director to the National Headquarters.
b. Each applicant must submit two copies of a full-face photograph measuring 1.5 square
inches for his/her membership card.
B. Rank and Diploma
All individual members of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. must register their rank at the
1. Directors of dojos or clubs or Examiners must report all results of rank
examinations and renew the ranking records for their registered individuals at the
The rank of rokkyu, or 6th kyu, and above shall be certified by a diploma issued from
the National Headquarters. Application forms for ranks obtained from the National
Headquarters must be fully completed and signed by each applicant and must be endorsed by
the director or examiner. The completed application forms must be collected and sent to
the National Headquarters by the director of the regional office.
3. Standardized Ranking System
All members of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A must follow the standardized system of the
Goju-Kai Karate-Do ranking and belt system. No colored belts other than those listed below
SECTION II MEETINGS
A. The directors of clubs shall have periodic meetings as listed below:
1. Instructional meetings of the Goju-Kai Karate-Do
B. Instructional Meetings
All directors and assistant instructors shall promote the Goju-Kai Karate-Do
Instructional Programs standardized by Gosei Yamaguchi at the National Headquarters.
The outline of the programs are listed below:
Group 1: Jumbi Undo (Warm-up Exercises) - 18 items
Kihon I - 13 forms
Group 3: Ido (Motional Basics)
Kihon Ido - 8 forms
Group 4: Kata
b. Kihon Gata
c. Kaishu Gata
Group 5: Kumite
3. Duration of meetings are as follows:
Regular Class: Two hours
C. Promotional Meetings
2. Promotion meetings must have a certified examiner or a certified group of examiners
who are authorized by the national chairman to promote participants to specified ranks.
3. All individual members wishing to attain rank must participate in promotional
meetings and are examined according to their demonstrated abilities to perform the
4. The following items are provided by the national Board of Examiners for
demonstration for obtaining rank:
b. Kihon Ido
c. Shitei Gata (Required Kata)
d. Jiyu Gata (Optional Kata)
1. White Belt Holder - Any one of the followings:
a. Taikyoku Jodan I or II
f. Gekisai I or II
2. Green Belt Holder - Any one of the above or any one of the following:
3. Brown Belt Holder - Any one of the above or Seinchin
No one shall be allowed to demonstrate the same kata for both Shitei Gata and Jiyu
e. Jiyu Kumite (Free Sparring)
a. All participants must complete at least twenty-five classes within a period of time
that are stipulated by the National Headquarters, unless they are exempted by the Chair.
b. All black belt holders must participate in a promotional examination conducted at
the National Headquarters. They are required to be recommanded by their Director and
approved by the Chair.
6. Other National Policies
a. All application forms shall be subject to examination by regional instructors of
participants or director. The regional instructor and director must approve each
participant on the basis of his or her participation.
b. Candidates fifteen years of age and below shall be considered part of the Junior
Class. No black belt rank (Shodan Ho and above) shall be awarded to any junior
c. Beginners of no rank shall not be promoted to green belt rank (Rokkyu, or 6th kyu)
and above at one examination.
d. No green belt rank holders shall be promoted to black belt rank at one examination.
e. No brown belt rank holders of Sankyu (3rd Kyu) or Nikyu (2nd Kyu) shall be promoted
to black belt rank at one examination. Only Ikkyu (1st Kyu) holders can be promoted to
f. There shall be no demotion of rank as a consequence of an examinations.
g. Rank may be sustained at its present level as a consequence of an examination.
h. All results of rank above green belt shall be validated by a rank certificate issued
from the National Headquarters.
i. No one shall be able to change or delete records of any rank holder whose rank has
been validated by the national certificate, unless the Chair dissolves the rank due to a
violation in its attainment.
SECTION III COMBAT MEETING - THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
B. For this occasion, all regional offices of the Goju-Kai Karate-Do, U.S.A. shall be
organized into their state localities.
C. One of the active regional offices shall be nominated as regional headquarters for
the state by the national headquaters.
D. The rules of kumite and kata matches, judging rules, and general tournament rules
shall be provided by the national Board of Examiners.
E. A representative state team shall consist of various dojos or clubs that will be
identified by the title of the team, listed by state, organization and country. For
California Goju-Kai Karate-Do U.S.A.
STATE ORGANIZATION NATION
A. All regional offices shall be allowed to charge instructional fees according to
their local situation.
B. Individual National Membership Fee: $ 10.00 per member for lifetime
C. Group Membership Application Fee: $100.00 per club for lifetime
Director's Monthly Dues $ 70.00 per month
D. Entry Fee for a promotional examination: $ 10.00 per applicant
E. Rank Certificate Fees:
Shodan Ho 1st Degree Black Belt Interim $ 20.00
Nidan Ho 2nd Degree Black Belt Interim $ 40.00
Sandan Ho 3rd Degree Black Belt Interim $ 60.00
Yondan 4th Degree Black Belt $
Godan 5th Degree Black Belt $
No directors shall be allowed to charge nor issue any form of rank certification.