Introduction

Beach trainingWelcome to When-to-fight, LLC a traditional martial arts studio located in Orofino, Idaho. When-to-fight teaches its students Okinawan Goju-Ryu.

When to fight? That may seem like a strange name for a martial arts school whose primary goal is the avoidance of conflict. However, history and experience has shown us that confidence and strength are often to best way to avoid actual fighting. The main aim of this dojo is the cultivation of the personalities and the character along with the training of the bodies and spirits of its members.

When-to-fight began instructing students in Orofino in 2011. Originally, our instruction was based upon the teachings of Mas Oyama in the spirit of kyokushin-kai karate. In early 2013, WTF formally began transitioning our instruction to follow the traditional methods and practices of Okinawan Goju-Ryu. As of January 2015, When-to-fight Martial Arts has joined IOGKF (The International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation). 

IOGKF is one of few karate organizations that the Japanese Government recognizes as a true Japanese traditional martial arts organization.  IOGKF is a proud member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai (Japan Traditional Martial Arts Association).
and adhere closely to its founding objectives:

  • Preserve Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate and pass it to the next generation
  • Through karate training, add positive impact to our lives and improve our physical and mental abilities
  • By teaching traditional karate, we educate our members to be better persons. By doing so, we help our society to be a better place to live

Regular classes are held Monday and Thursday. Tuesday nights the Lewis Clark Kali Eskrima meets from 6:30- 8:00pm. Friday morning youth classes begin 9:15 and 10:30  and end at 11:00. (Click here for the current class schedule, including special sessions and changes)  Our dojo is located 160 Johnson Avenue (Between the Rex Theater and Stereo Vision) Typical classes cost $40 per month for the first student, $30 per month for any additional family members. When-to-fight is an all-seasons activity (we will continue to have classes all year long.) Friday Youth Classes are $25/month.*

*Prices are subject to change. Please contact us for exact prices for the sessions you wish to participate in. Students who join the IOGKF are eligible to receive a discount from the published price.)

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