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Okinawa Village Karate Association

The Okinawa Village Karate Association was founded for the purpose to promote, preserve and propagate classical methods of training and research. All Okinawan based karate styles can benefit from “returning to the source” and learning from tradition. This enables the ryu ha to continue building on sound principles that were the heart of Okinawan karate. The OVKA’s purpose is to facilitate and support members in that pursuit.

John Hutchcroft, 9th Dan, “Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu, Koeppel Ha,” is president of the Okinawa Village Karate Association. John Hutchcroft began training in October, 1968, in the “Shorei Goju-ryu” system, Gladstone, Illinois. His first sensei was John L. Black. He attained rank of shodan (1st degree black belt) in July, 1972. He created the Okinawa Village Karate Association after Master Phillip Koeppel passed in 2022.

All Sensei in the Okinawa Village Karate Association are taught “Matsumura Seito Shorinryu.” “Seito” means straight or orthodox, as in straight through the family lineage. Adults learn a progression of basic techniques and drills that increase their skills over time.

In addition to classical karate some sensei teach additional martial arts such as judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and kali.

Examples of different member dojo styles are:

  • Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu
  • Matsubyashi Shorin Ryu
  • Goju Ryu
  • Kyokushinkai
  • Shotokan
  • Kobayashi Shorin Ryu
  • Isshinryu
  • Matsumura Shorin Ryu Koeppel Ha

Our goal is to serve the membership by continually improving the quality of member standards in order to promote performance that warrants the highest degree of member confidence in the Okinawa Village Karate Association’s integrity, humanity, and fairness.

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