Traditional Karate North Central Region

Regional Representative of the AAKF for clubs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

2019 April NCR Newsletter



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

1) NCR March 16 kata seminar recap

The NCR March 16, 2019 kata seminar was a success.  We had students from Mpls, St. Paul, Northfield, River Falls and, Madison, WI., who participated in this two hour kata seminar.  The students received fantastic feedback on their kata from numerous instructors from Mpls and St. Paul.  The seminar ended with a mock kata competition. The students received feedback from the judges and it gave them the feel of competition against fellow karatekas.

Click here for the Facebook photos from the kata seminar

2) REMINDERAAKF Spring Seminar – April 26-27 Mpls dojo

  • Click here to register online.
  • The AAKF spring seminar is only a few weeks away.  Mark your calendar to attend the annual AAKF spring seminar.
  • Dan examination (all ranks), examiner examination, etc. will be conducted Saturday afternoon by the AAKF technical committee.
  • The AAKF Technical Committee members, Senseis Tabassi, Tong, Cheah, Kageyama, will be conducting the seminar.
  • Schedule of events:
    • Friday, April 26 (Kata)               
      • 12PM – 3:30PM      Kata – concentration on judging aspects
      • 4:15PM – 8PM        How to improve your kata
    • Saturday, April 27 (Kumite)
      • 8:00 – 10AM           Kumite – concentration on judging aspects
      • 10AM – Noon          Kumite Timing Hand Techniques
      • 1:00 – 2:30PM        Kumite Timing Leg Techniques
      • 2:30-4:00PM          How to improve your kumite
      • 4:00-6:00PM          Dan Ranking & Technical Qualification Exams

3) NCR Regional eliminations for 2019 AAKF Nationals – May 3 – St Paul Dojo 6:00pm

NCR will be hosting the regional eliminations at the St. Paul dojo Friday May 3 6:00pm at 762 7th St East, St. Paul. The event will determine who will be selected to represent the North Central Region at the 2019 Nationals in LA, CA in July.  We will be filling out the Nationals’ registration packets regarding the events they qualify for, signing their waiver/release form, and medical history form.

To qualify, you must be an adult black belt, and registered with BOTH the AAKF and WTKF organization.  We will be selecting athletes for men’s and women’s individual kata/kumite, team kata/kumite, enbu, kogo, and Fukugo.

For youth division, no qualifications necessary other than your rank must be certified with the AAKF organization.  Contact Art Wong regarding your interest to make sure you get registered for the various youth events.

4) Future dan examination dates

The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei as dates/times may change at the last minute.

2019 April 27  Mpls dojo; as part of the 2019 AAKF spring seminar; all dan ranks; conducted by AAKF technical committee

2019 July LA, Calif.; part of the 2019 AAKF Nationals seminar camp; all dan ranks; conducted by AAKF technical committee

Students testing must read the following documents for specific dan test requirements and eligibility:

Shodan-Sandan – NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

Dan test cost is $100 x dan rank you are testing for, e.g., $100 x 2nd dan (nidan) test = $200

Dan rank registration

Once you passed your dan examination, you must registered your dan rank with the AAKF office. Cost is $50.00. Make check payable to AAKF. Click here AAKF Dan reg form to fill out. Mail your check and form to MKA – St. Paul dojo, 7th St. E. St. Paul, MN 55106.

If you are thinking about competing at the AAKF Nationals, you must register your dan rank with WTKF organization as well. Click here for the WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM. The cost is an additional $100.00 and make the check payable to AAKF as well.

5) 2019 AAKF National Championships – July 16-20, Monterey Park, CA

The 2019 AAKF National Championship is scheduled for July 16-20 in Monterey Park, CA. The Nationals and International camp will be both be held at the George Elder Gym 1950 Wilcox Ave Monterey Park.

Hotel accommodations will be at the  Hilton DoubleTree LA-Rosemead, CA. The hotel is 3 miles away from the George Elder gym – 1950 Wilcox Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755

Click here for registration packet: PDF version or Word version.

Contact Art Wong if you are considering participating at the Nationals in the adult or youth divisions, and/or attending the international camp. NCR may have some money to help with your registration fees, judging and/or camp participation.

Click here for more information posted on the AAKF Facebook site.

2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

  • 2019 AAKF Spring seminar –   April 26-27  – Mpls dojo. Dan examination (all ranks), examiner examination, etc. will be conducted Saturday afternoon by the AAKF technical committee. Click here to register.
  • 2019 Regional Eliminations – May 3, 2019 – St. Paul dojo. 6:00pm Friday
  • 2019 AAKF Nationals – July 16-20 – LA, California, includes dan exams. Held at the George Elder gym. Click here for flyer.
  • 2019 Fall seminar – Sept 21, Mpls dojo
  • 2019 Pan-Am tournament – Oct 21-26, 2019, Mexico City – click here for flyer
  • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Australia (tentative)

For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

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For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director




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