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The Ryukyu Karate-jutsu Kokusai Kenkyukai (International Ryukyu Karate-jutsu Research Society) is an information based world-wide organization dedicated to studying, the origins, evolution & tactical application theories of traditional karate & Okinawan kobudo.
Click here to view a video introduction to the IRKRS.
Originally founded in Japan in 1989 by Patrick McCarthy to serve a limited group of foreign enthusiasts interested in his research and publications, the Society ultimately opened its doors to the general public in 1996 to meet the numerous and varying demands of a more progressive learner.
While we greatly respect the Japanese heritage of this tradition, and the cultural legacy of its Okinawan pioneers, our success has been built on attracting students and teachers who have outgrown overly ritualized and rule-bound practices being taught as the original art, and the propaganda associated with promoting one style over another. We strongly believe that tradition is not about blindly following in the footsteps of the old masters, or even preserving their ashes for that matter, but rather keeping the flame of their spirit alive, and seeking out what they originally sought.
In the UK senior members of the assocition meet to train, help eachother in the development of our individual dojo, and develop friendships.
Regular articles, videos and pictures are posted to our Facebook site (please see the below).