Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2019 May NCR Newsletter



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

0)  2019 U of M Spring class – NEW

Congratulations to Sensei Trung Le’s 2019 U of M class in participating and passing their exams. Have a great summer and hope to see you next fall.

1)  AAKF Spring Seminar – April 26-27 Mpls dojo – RECAP

The 2019 AAKF spring seminar had a good turnout of karatekas. The classes were taught by the AAKF technical committee members: Senseis Tabassi, Tong, Kegeyama and Cheah. The drills helped reinforce the excellent instructions given by the Senseis.

Click on the Facebook photos and videos links for the 2019 AAKF spring seminar.

Congratulations to the following students who passed their dan examination at the AAKF spring seminar:

ShodanMegan McMann and Trevor Killeen

Nidan – Mark Abeln

Sandan – Peter Stalland

2) NCR Regional eliminations for 2019 AAKF Nationals –  Results

The following athletes will be representing the north central region at the 2019 Nationals in LA, Calif.:

  • Al Kotula, Tom Hauwiller, Jeffrey Davila, Dennis Olson, Kara Winter, Kaitlyn Aman Ramm, and Clara Winter (youth)

The following are the north central region’s judges that will be at the 2019 Nationals:

  • Art Wong, Trung Le, Laurie Elliott, Michael Ching

We still have available open spots in the adult black belt,  adult kyu, and youth divisions. If you wish to represent our region, we must know no later than end of day June 14, 2019Contact Art Wong at art.wong@comcast.net regarding your interest to make sure you get registered before the deadline June 4.  Click here for the 2019 AAKF registration form.

3) 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 more information posted on the AAKF Facebook site.

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 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

For our region, the dan test cost is $100 x dan rank you are testing for, e.g., $100 x 2nd dan (nidan) test = $200.00

Dan rank registration with AAKF and WTKF organizations

Once you passed your dan examination, you must registered your dan rank with both the AAKF and WTKF organizations. Cost is $150.00 ($50-AAKF/$100-WTKF). Make check payable to AAKF.

Click here AAKF Dan reg form to fill out. Click here for the WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

Mail your check and form to MKA – St. Paul dojo, 7th St. E. St. Paul, MN 55106.

2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

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

  • 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 Guest instructor seminar – Nov 2019 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