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St Paul Fusaro Seminar- December 9th   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where: MKA St Paul
762 E 7th St, St Paul MN 55106

When: December 9, 2017

Time: 12:30pm- 2pm
Open to all ranks!

Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: $10.00

Sensei Fusaro will teach a seminar for all ranks at the St Paul dojo. Take advantage of this opportunity to train with one of the highest and most respected karate masters in the world. There will be Black Belt examinations following the end of the seminar.




NCR Fall Shiai- October 7th   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where: MKA Minneapolis
913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411

When: October 7, 2017

Registration at 11am. Tournament begins at Noon

Instructor(s): Judging and organization by the NCR Technical Committee

Cost: One event: $10.00, additional events: $5.00, Maximum $30 per family

This tournament is open to ranks and ages.

Tournament rules will be the same as those used by the AAKF National tournament. Kata and Kumite will be held as separate events.

This event is open to AAKF members only. Non-AAKF clubs are by NCR Director invitation only.

We combine categories if participation is small in that group:

10th & 9th Kyu
Kata: Heian Shodan
Kumite: 3-step kumite

8th & 7th Kyu
Kata: Heian Nidan or Heian Sandan
Kumite: One head, One body step-in punch attacks

This video explains the kumite for 8th & 7th kyu.


6th & 5th kyu
Kata: Heian Yondan or Heian Godan
Kumite: The attacker is designated and the competitors alternate attacks. First attack- reverse punch body. Second attack- front kick.

This video explains the kumite for 6th & 5th kyu.


4th & 3rd kyu
Kata: Tekki Shodan
Kumite: Attack with a punch. Second Attack with a kick. Defender can block and counter-attack.

This video explains the kumite for 4th & 3rd kyu.


2nd & 1st Kyu
Kata: Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Empi or Jion
Kumite: Standard ITKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.

Youth Elite Black Belt
Kata: Competitors choice
Kumite:
Youth- Standard WTKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.
Adult- WTKF Kumite rules




NCR Kumite Seminar- September 16th   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where: MKA Minneapolis
913 Plymouth Ave. N. Mpls., 55411

When: September 16, 2017

Time: Noon- 2pm
Open to all ranks!

Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee

Cost: $20.00/ $40 per Family

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION The NCR Technical Committee will be hosting a mini-seminar for all levels on September 16, 2017 from Noon - 2 pm at the Minneapolis Dojo.

Sharpen your kumite timing for general skill improvement, your next test, or the October Shiai! Students will be divided into 3-4 focus groups to work on various timing drills and receive expert feedback




NCR St Paul Kids Tournament- May 6th   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where: MKA St Paul
762 E 7th St, St Paul MN 55106

When: May 6, 2017

Registration at Noon. Tournament begins at 1pm

Instructor(s): Judging and organization by the NCR Technical Committee

Cost: One event: $10.00, additional events: $5.00, Maximum $30 per family

This tournament is open to ages 5- 17 years old.

Tournament rules will be the same as those used by the AAKF National tournament. Kata and Kumite will be held as separate events.

This event is open to AAKF members only. Non-AAKF clubs are by NCR Director invitation only.

We combine categories if participation is small in that group:

10th & 9th Kyu
Kata: Heian Shodan
Kumite: 3-step kumite

8th & 7th Kyu
Kata: Heian Nidan or Heian Sandan
Kumite: One head, One body step-in punch attacks

This video explains the kumite for 8th & 7th kyu.


6th & 5th kyu
Kata: Heian Yondan or Heian Godan
Kumite: The attacker is designated and the competitors alternate attacks. First attack- reverse punch body. Second attack- front kick.

This video explains the kumite for 6th & 5th kyu.


4th & 3rd kyu
Kata: Tekki Shodan
Kumite: Attack with a punch. Second Attack with a kick. Defender can block and counter-attack.

This video explains the kumite for 4th & 3rd kyu.


2nd & 1st Kyu
Kata: Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Empi or Jion
Kumite: Standard ITKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.

Youth Elite Black Belt
Kata: Competitors choice
Kumite: Standard WTKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.




NCR Regional Eliminations   [ ARCHIVED ]
May 5, 2017

Where:
MKA St Paul
762 E 7th St

When: May 6, 2017 Friday
Registration at 4:30pm, tournament begins at 6:00pm

Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee

Cost: No Fee required. All participants must be current AAKF members, and there Black Belt rank must be registered with the WTKF. We can process your application at the event.

The NCR eliminations for black belts begins at 6pm on May 6th, Friday at the St Paul dojo. This tournament will qualify competitors for the AAKF national competition will be held June 22-24 in Madison, Wisconsin. Our region is allowed 6 individual competitors in each division, and two teams per event (Team Kata, Team Kumite and Enbu). Eligible kumite participants are 18-54 years of age with no upper age limit on kata,and Enbu, competition.

The NCR Technical Committee is asking all black belts to participate in judging and competition events.

Please contact us using the contact page with any questions. All past national competitors are asked to make contact on their intentions to participate.




NCR Kumite Seminar- April 22nd   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where: MKA Minneapolis
913 Plymouth Ave. N. Mpls., 55411

When:April 22, 2017

Time: Noon- 2pm
Open to all ranks!

Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee

Cost: $20.00

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION The NCR Technical Committee will be hosting a mini-seminar for all levels on April 22, 2017 from Noon - 2 pm at the Minneapolis Dojo. The session will cover preparing for the kumite portion of your next kyu or Dan exam.

You will learn about what’s expected for your next rank exam, get a chance to practice drills at your level with different partners, and run through the kumite for your next test. As with past kumite mini-seminars, this session is designed to focus on learning vs high-speed interaction.




NCR White - Black Belt Tournament- April 1st   [ ARCHIVED ]

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Where: MKA Minneapolis
913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis

When: April 1, 2017

Registration at 11:30am. Tournament begins at Noon

Instructor(s): Judging and organization by the NCR Technical Committee

Cost: One event: $10.00, additional events: $5.00, Maximum $30 per family

Tournament rules will be the same as those used by the AAKF National tournament. Kata and Kumite will be held as separate events. Team Kata and Enbu will be held as demonstrations.

This event is open to AAKF members only. Non-AAKF clubs are by NCR Director invitation only.

The divisions will be separate children from adults. We combine categories if participation is small in that group:

10th & 9th Kyu
Kata: Heian Shodan
Kumite: 3-step kumite

8th & 7th Kyu
Kata: Heian Nidan or Heian Sandan
Kumite: One head, One body step-in punch attacks

This video explains the kumite for 8th & 7th kyu.


6th & 5th kyu
Kata: Heian Yondan or Heian Godan
Kumite: The attacker is designated and the competitors alternate attacks. First attack- reverse punch body. Second attack- front kick.

This video explains the kumite for 6th & 5th kyu.


4th & 3rd kyu
Kata: Tekki Shodan
Kumite: Attack with a punch. Second Attack with a kick. Defender can block and counter-attack.

This video explains the kumite for 4th & 3rd kyu.


2nd & 1st Kyu
Kata: Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Empi or Jion
Kumite: Standard ITKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.

Youth Elite Black Belt
Kata: Competitors choice
Kumite: Standard WTKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.

Adult Black Belt
Kata: Competitors choice
Kumite: Standard WTKF Kumite rules




NCR White - Black Belt Tournament- January 21st   [ ARCHIVED ]

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Where: MKA Minneapolis
913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis

When: January 21, 2017

Registration at 11:30am. Tournament begins at Noon

Instructor(s): Judging and organization by the NCR Technical Committee

Cost: One event: $10.00, additional events: $5.00

Tournament rules will be the same as those used by the AAKF National tournament. Kata and Kumite will be held as separate events.Team Kata and Enbu will be held as demonstrations.

This event is open to AAKF members only.

The divisions will be separate children from adults. We combine categories if participation is small in that group:

10th & 9th Kyu
Kata: Heian Shodan
Kumite: 3-step kumite

8th & 7th Kyu
Kata: Heian Nidan or Heian Sandan
Kumite: Two head, Two body step-in punch attacks

This video explains the kumite for 8th & 7th kyu.


6th & 5th kyu
Kata: Heian Yondan or Heian Godan
Kumite: Each side executes reverse punch. Defender can block and counter-attack. There are 3 exchanges total. There is no designated attacker.

This video explains the kumite for 6th & 5th kyu.


4th & 3rd kyu
Kata: Tekki Shodan or Bassai-dai
Kumite: Attack with a punch. Second Attack with a kick. Defender can block and counter-attack.

This video explains the kumite for 8th & 7th kyu.


2nd & 1st Kyu
Kata: Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Empi or Jion
Kumite: Standard ITKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.

Youth Elite Black Belt
Kata: Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Empi or Jion
Kumite: Standard WTKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.

Adult Black Belt
Kata: Competitors choice
Kumite: Standard WTKF Kumite rules




NCR Fall Kata and Kumite Seminar- September 17th   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where: MKA Minneapolis
913 Plymouth Ave. N. Mpls., 55411

When: September 17, 2016

Time: Noon- 2pm
Open to all ranks!

Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee

Cost: $10.00

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION

If you are planning on testing for your next rank and/or competing in an upcoming tournament, this seminar will give you feedback to help strengthen your knowledge of karate and sharpen your techniques.

There will be two groups, Kumite and Kata, rotated midway through the 2 hour event.

Group I: Kumite drills covering target scoring, timing, distance, structure, power, pressure and other strategies in developing a strong Kumite foundation. These fundamentals are baselines that need to be honed first which helps you in developing your sparring strategy. Lower belts will receive similar instruction with modified intensity to help you advance your skills.

Group II: Kata- Students will do a group kata and then key instructors will review kata examples and generate key instructional points tied to Form, Transition, Power, and Body Dynamics.




Register for the AAKF Banquet   [ ARCHIVED ]

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Where: Best Western Plus Bloomington
1901 Killebrew Dr
Bloomington MN 55425
(925) 854-8200


Cost: varies


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55th AAKF National Championships and Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]

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Where:

Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420


Instructor(s):
Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski, (Poland)
and member of the AAKF technical committee.


Cost:
Full Seminar: $120.00
One or Two Days: $100.00
Non-AAKF Members additional $40.00

The Black Belt championships eliminations are on Friday, June 24th. The Finals will be held on Saturday, June 25th.

The AAKF National Youth and Adult kyu Championship will be held on Saturday morning, June 25th.

The camp is the opening event for the AAKF 55th National Championship Tournament. The International Camp welcomes instructors from the World Traditional Karate Federation board of directors. This is a fantastic training opportunity for karate students of all ranks, from white belt to black belt.

The camp is open to both AAKF and non-AAKF members. Those without a current AAKF individual membership will be charged an additional $40.00. The National Championship Tournament is open to AAKF members only.




AAKF National Youth and Adult Kyu Championships   [ ARCHIVED ]

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Where: Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420


Cost: $40 per individual event
$40 per team per event

This tournament competition is a combined kata and kumite event. Kata and kumite requirements for each division are the same as the AAKF Youth and Adult Kyu Nationals Rules. Divisions may be combined as necessary based on the number of entries. In a combined division, participants will perform the kata associated with their division. The kumite exchanges will be based on the participant in the lowest division. Ages: Youth - Ages 6 through 17; Adult - 18 and up Ranks: Youth - 8th Kyu and above; Adult 8th Kyu - 1st Kyu Each participant must be a registered 2016 AAKF individual member and belong to a club that is a 2016 AAKF registered member. Each Kyu participant must have their Kyu rank registered with the AAKF. All youth black belt participants must have their rank registered with the AAKF and the WTKF.

8th & 7th Kyu
Kata: Heian Nidan
Kumite: One head, one body step-in punch attacks

This video explains the kumite for 8th & 7th kyu.


6th & 5th kyu
Kata: Heian Yondan
Kumite: Each side executes reverse punch. Defender can block and counter-attack. There are 3 exchanges total. There is no designated attacker.

This video explains the kumite for 6th & 5th kyu.


4th & 3rd kyu
Kata: Tekki Shodan
Kumite: Attack with a punch. Second Attack with a kick. Defender can block and counter-attack.

This video explains the kumite for 4th & 3rd kyu.


2nd & 1st Kyu
Kata: Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Empi or Jion
Kumite: Standard ITKF Kogo rules, except no overtime.

There will also be competition for Team Kata and Enbu.




NCR Regional Eliminations   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where:
MKA St Paul
762 E 7th St

When: May 7, 2016 Saturday
Registration at Noon, tournament begins at 12:30pm

Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee

Cost: No Fee required. All participants must be current AAKF members, and there Black Belt rank must be registered with the WTKF. We can process your application at the event.

The NCR eliminations for black belts begins at 12:30pm on May 7th, Saturday at the St Paul dojo. This tournament will qualify competitors for the AAKF national competition will be held June 24-25 in Bloomington Minnesota. Our region is allowed 6 individual competitors in each division, and two teams per event (Team Kata, Team Kumite and Enbu). Eligible kumite participants are 18-54 years of age with no upper age limit on kata,and Enbu, competition.

The NCR Technical Committee is asking all black belts to participate in judging and competition events.

Please contact us using the contact page with any questions. All past national competitors are asked to make contact on their intentions to participate.




NCR Spring Mini-Seminar and Dan Exam
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Where:
MKA St Paul
762 E 7th St

When: April 30, 2016 Saturday

Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Sensei Al Kotula


Cost: $15.00 ($20.00 at the door)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION

Basic structure and fundamentals required to pass Kyu and Dan examinations. Sensei Kotula will teach the first hour, followed by Sensei Fusaro in the second half.

The Dan exam is restricted to those testing for Shodan and Nidan only. The exam will follow immediately after the seminar.




NCR Brown and Black Belt Tournament- March 12th   [ ARCHIVED ]

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Where: MKA Minneapolis
1010 East Lyndale Ave. N.

When: March 12, 2016

Registration at 11:30am. Tournament begins at Noon

Instructor(s): Judging and organization by the NCR Technical Committee

Cost: One event: $10.00, additional events: $5.00

WTKF rules will apply. This event is open to AAKF members only.

The divisions will be separate children from adults. We will combine categories if participation is small in that group:

3rd, 2nd and 1st Kyu division
Kata:Point system- High, low score dropped, remaining scores averaged. Any advanced kata may be used.
Kumite: Kogo Kumite

Black Belt division
Kata:Point system- High, low score dropped, remaining scores averaged. Any advanced kata may be used.
Kumite: WTKF Kumite rules

Fukugo
Combination Kata and Kumite event.
Brown belt division: Kata round- Bassai-dai, Kumite round- Kogo
Black Belt division: Kata round- Kittei, Kumite round- Kumite (men), Kogo (women)

Team Kata and Enbu will be demonstration events




NCR Enbu seminar- October 3rd   [ ARCHIVED ]
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Where: MKA Minneapolis
1010 East Lyndale Ave. N.

When: October 3, 2015

Time: Noon- 2pm

Instructor(s): Rob Solonynka and Instructors from the NCR Technical Committee

Cost: $20.00 ($25.00 at the door)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION

Learn how to change your karate techniques to a 60 second version of a Hollywood fight scene. Yes, you make up the array of techniques with your partner. This helps you become innovative and think on your feet. Your demonstration can be honed for competition or just for fun. Sensei Solonynka has performed Enbu in National and International tournaments.

We will break into three groups. The first group will work with simple sequence appropriate for all levels. The intermediate group will develop sequences that are more challenging, but without any throws or falling down. The advanced group will practice sequences that could be used in tournament Enbu competition.

Pick your partner ahead of time, or you can partner up with other seminar participants.





NCR Spring Seminar with Sensei Katsumata
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Where: MKA Minneapolis
1010 East Lyndale Ave. N.

When: May 15, 16, 17, 2015

Instructor(s):
Sensei Yutaka Katsumata, 8th Dan
(Additional classes with Sensei Fusaro)

Cost:
Full Seminar- $130.00 ($155.00 after May 1st)
Single Class- $65.00 ($75.00 after May 1st)

Schedule:
Friday:
Katsumata 6-8pm

Saturday Morning:
Fusaro 9-10am
Katsumata 10am-Noon

Saturday Afternoon:
Fusaro 2-3pm
Katsumata 3-5pm

Sunday Morning:
Katsumata 10am- Noon

About Sensei Katsumata
Yutaka Katsumata Sensei, 8th Dan, has taught traditional karate in Quebec, Canada for over 25 years. He is the headof the Shotokan Karate Association of Quebec, which includes 49 dojos and over 3500 members. Sensei is a great technician and excellent teacher, loved by his students for his rigor, humility and generosity. Katsumatareturns to Japan several months a year in order to continually perfect his art.

Katsumata Sensei is a graduate the prestigious Instructors Program of the Japan Karate Association (JKA). Sensei trained at the Main JKA dojo for seven years in Tokyo. He taught in Greece before coming to Quebec. Sensei participated in the JKA National championships in Japan many times. His accomplishmentsinclude second place in kata in 1991, as well as second in kumite at an international competition in Okinawa in 2007.







NCR Spring Lower Belt Tournament- January 24th
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Where: MKA Minneapolis
1010 East Lyndale Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: 612-870-1795


Cost: $10 for all events

Kids (6-13) Youth (14-17) & Adult (18+) Categories: Kata, Kumite, Team Kata (Note: 3 step sparring for white-green/kogo for purple-brown)




NCR Fall Kata Seminar- November 15th
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Where:
1010 East Lyndale Ave N
Minneapolis MN 55411

Noon - 1:30pm

Instructor(s):
NCR Technical Committee

Cost:
$20.00 (Advanced Payment)
$25.00 (At the Door)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION

Lower Belts (Heian kata, Tekki Shodan)
Intermediate (Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Empi, Jion)
Advanced (Gankaku, Jitte)

Each group will separate into smaller groups so students will get more detail and instruction on the katas most important to them. Lower belts may move into the Intermediate group, Intermediates can train with the advanced group if they wish.




AAKF National Fall Seminar 2014   [ ARCHIVED ]
September 26-28, 2014

Where: Midwest Karate, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): R. Fusaro – 9th dan, M. Tabassi – 7th dan, A. Tong – 6th dan, A. Cheah – 5th dan, R. Kageyama – 5th dan
Cost: AAKF members, registration before or on September 22: $120 whole seminar, $70/day, $40/session.
AAKF members, registration after September 22, or at door: $150 whole seminar, $80/day, $50/session.
Non-AAKF members pay additional $30.

Please join us at MKA in Minneapolis for the 2014 Fall National Seminar! Senseis Fusaro, Tabassi, Tong, Cheah and Kageyama will be instructing on Kata and Kumite. This is a rare opportunity to learn from so many high ranking instructors!

There will also be a set of lower belt sessions on Saturday; this will be focusing on the understanding of basics for green belts and below. Please be aware that all belt levels are welcome at all sessions; you may attend whichever sessions suit your comfort and confidence level.

There will be a Dan exam after 5:30pm on Saturday the 27th.

If you have any questions, please call 651-771-7901 or email Joel Ertl. We hope to see you there!




2014 MKA MPLS Summer Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 1-3, 2014

Where: Midwest Karate, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Senseis Robert Fusaro, Sensei Marr and Sensei Smaby
Cost: $150 ($130 if registered by Sat., July 26)

This exciting annual event is a fantastic opportunity to train with three of Traditional Karate’s most senior and highly respected Masters. Join us at this popular event as they share their many years of experience in a wide variety of topics.




NCR Children's Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
May 10th, 2014 12:00 pm (Saturday)

Where: MKA of St Paul
762 E 7th St
St Paul MN 55106

Cost: $20.00

The annual St Paul Children's tournament will meet at the St Paul dojo on May 10, 2014. This event is open to children ages 5- 14 years old. There are categories for all ranks, from white through black belt.

For more information, call the St Paul dojo at (651) 771-7901, or email us using the contact page.




NCR Regional Eliminations for June Nationals   [ ARCHIVED ]
May 3rd, 2014 Noon (Saturday)

Where: MKA of Minneapolis
Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $20.00

The NCR eliminations for black belts begins at 1:30pm on May 3rd. This tournament will qualify competitors for the AAKF national competition will be held June 24-28 in Dallas, TX. Our region is allowed 6 individual competitors in each division, and one team per event (Team Kata, Team Kumite and Enbu). Eligible kumite participants are 18-54 years of age with no upper age limit on kata,and Enbu, competition.

The NCR Technical Committee is asking all black belts to participate in judging and competition events.

There will also be a special seminar taught by NCR Technical Committee members. This seminar is open to all levels. The seminar will meet before the eliminations, starting at Noon. Lower belt are invited to participate in this seminar. All students from the NCR are encouraged to attend.

Please contact us using the contact page with any questions. All past national competitors are asked to make contact on their intentions to participate.




NCR Spring Seminar 2014   [ ARCHIVED ]
April 11-13, 2014

Where: Midwest Karate Association - Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Senseis Alex Tong, Sensei Robert Fusaro, NCR Instructors
Cost: Before April 7: $120/Seminar, $60/Session, $60/Lower Belt Classes • After April 7 $150/Seminar, $75/Session, $75/Lower Belt Classes

The NCR presents the 2014 Spring Seminar at MKA-Minneapolis with Guest Instructor, Sensei Alex Tong, 6th Dan.




MKA Minneapolis Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
January 11, 2014
Noon- 4pm

Where: 1010 East Lyndale Ave N
Minneapolis MN 55411
(612) 870-1795

Cost: $5 per event

Kata|Team Kata|Kumite|Enbu
Open to All Ranks
Adult & Youth Divisions
Register in person at the Shiai
ITKF/AAKF Rules




Midwest Karate seminar with Sensei Smaby and Marr   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday and Saturday
November 8-9, 2013

Where: Midwest Karate Association of Mpls
1010 E Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411

Instructor(s): Sensei Chris Smaby, 7th Dan
Sensei Jerry Marr, 7th Dan
Sensei Robert Fusaro, 9th Dan
Cost: $99 for all sessions | $50 for single session
Family rate: Additional family members are $40 per person for the full seminar or a single session

This seminar is for all ranks. Family rates available - see Registration Form. Regularly scheduled adult classes are cancelled on Saturday, Nov. 9th. Children's classes on Saturday will be held as scheduled.




NCR Advanced Kata Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
October 26, 2013 Saturday 11:00am- 12:30pm

Where: Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis 1010 East Lyndale Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): Members of the NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $20.00

This seminar is geared towards advanced belts. The seminar will be broken into four separate groups- Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Jion and Empi. Instructors from the NCR Technical Committee will teach.

The seminar will follow the following format

1. The group breaks into four groups. The individual student has the choice of which group to attend. The groups are Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai, Jion and Empi.

2. Four different instructors each take a group and teach for 30 minutes.

3. After 30 minutes, the instructors rotate. For example, the instructor that was teaching Bassai-dai is now teaching Jion. This continues for the entire seminar.

4. When the instructors rotate, the student has the choice of staying with the same kata, or following the instructor to the next group

Sensei Fusaro will facilitate the instruction and oversee the seminar. The instructors will include Joel Ertl, Al Kotula, Michael Fusaro, Luis Ocampo, Amy Sperling and other members of the NCR Technical Committee.




NCR Kata Seminar- Heian Katas and Tekki Shodan   [ ARCHIVED ]
October 12, 2013 Saturday, 11:00am- 12:30pm

Where: Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis 1010 East Lyndale Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): Members of the NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $20.00

This seminar is geared towards lower belts. The seminar will be broken into five separate groups- Heian Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan and Tekki Shodan. Instructors from the NCR Technical Committee will teach.

The seminar will follow the following format

1. The group breaks into five groups. The individual student has the choice of which group to attend. The groups are Heian 2-5, and Tekki Shodan.

2. Five different instructors each take a group and teach for 15 minutes.

3. After 15 minutes, the instructors rotate. For example, the instructor that was teaching Heian Nidan is now teaching Heian Sandan. This continues for the entire seminar.

4. When the instructors rotate, the student has the choice of staying with the same kata, or following the instructor to the next group

Sensei Fusaro will facilitate the instruction and oversee the seminar. The instructors will include Joel Ertl, Al Kotula and other members of the NCR Technical Committee.




Sensei Albert Cheah Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
September 27, 28, 2013

Where: Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis 1010 East Lyndale Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): Sensei Albert Cheah
Cost: $99.00 ($129.00 for Families)

Integral Training: Sept 27-28 at MKA Minneapolis We are pleased to announce that Sensei Cheah, Chief Instructor of Orange County, California JKA, will present his seminar on Integral Training at the MKA Minneapolis dojo on: Fri. Sept 27th, 5-7pm Sat. Sept 28th, 10am-12pm & 2-5pm Seminar fee: $99 per individual -OR- $129 per family (includes all sessions) Open to all ages and ranks




2013 Summer Camp for Kids   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 19-23, 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapoilis
Instructor(s): Sensei Gina
Cost: $145-190

Midwest Karate Summer Camp for kids is a great end-of-summer activity for your child. The program focuses on karate learning activities that are fun. The camp is a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop his or her karate skills while having a guaranteed fun time. This is an all day camp, 8:30 am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday the week of August 19th through 23rd. Save $ by registering early.




2013 MKA MPLS Summer Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 2-4, Friday - Sunday

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Senseis Marr, Ertl, Smaby, M. Fusaro, R. Fusaro
Cost: $50-150

Register by July 27 and save up to $20 per person. This year, Sensies Marr, Smaby, Ertl, M. Fusaro and R. Fusaro will be teaching. See you there!




AAKF National Seminar a Success!   [ ARCHIVED ]
AAKF seminar was held on April 19-21, 2013

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Senseis Fusaro, Tabassi, Kageyama, Chea, Kanani, Ertl and Michael Fusaro
Cost: .

The 2013 Spring National AAKF Seminar was recently held at the MKA Minneapolis dojo. Senseis Fusaro, Tabassi, Tong, Kanani, Cheah and Kageyama as well as Senseis Joel Ertl and Michael Fusaro provided the karatekas a deep and broad aspects of kata and kumite.

There were 80 people signed up for the seminar. Each session had about 50-60 people attending each class which created a lot of excitement and opportunity for lower belts as well as higher belts.

The Friday seminar covered kata. Sensei Fusaro emphasized force in execution, turning in kata to dynamically face the next opponent with pressure to the floor, and body dynamics. Many of the sensei emphasized body dynamics as well. Sensei Tabassi noted that in kata or kumite all karateka should have confidence and project their energy through their opponent. Sensei Kageyama noted exhaling through technique execution to create a smooth, uninterrupted, driving force into the target.

Saturday's seminar was devoted to kumite. The kumite workout was excellent. Senseis provided valuable insight into kumite principles, such as constant forward pressure against your opponent at all times, strategy development, etc. Partner drills helped reinforce the Senseis insights into kumite and allowing the karateka's to try their new found knowledge. Driving the force into the back foot like a bouncing ball and then back forward into your opponent was demonstrated with partners in block/counter attack sequences. Driving the foot at speed to the center of the opponent's stance was shown to create a dynamic attack which unsettles their ability to respond.

The Saturday lower belt session was conducted by Sensei Fusaro and Senseo Tabassi which we held in the side training room which covered basic kumite block counters with more time to understand basic self defense principles involved.

At the end of the Saturday afternoons session, the AAKF Technical Committee awarded Sensei Fusaro the rank of 9th degree black belt. Sensei Fusaro dedicated his life to learning and teaching Shotokan karate.

The Sunday seminar covered both kata and kumite. Sensei Kanani, Cheah, and Tabassi covered doing kata slow with control and intensity of drive. Many students worked hard to slow their technique and breathing down creating a more balanced, strong transition using Heian Yondan as a training kata.




NCR Children's Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
May 4, 2013
Saturday Start time 1:00pm
(check-in begins at Noon)

Where: MKA of St Paul- 762 E 7th St, St Paul
Cost: $20.00

The annual St Paul Children's tournament will meet at the St Paul dojo on May 4, 2013. This event is open to children ages 5- 14 years old. There are categories for all ranks, from white through black belt.

For more information, call the St Paul dojo at (651) 771-7901, or email us using the contact page.




AAKF Spring National Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
April 19- 21

Where: Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Senseis Fusaro, Tabassi, Tong, Kanani, Cheah and Kageyama
Cost: Registration postmarked before or on April 10: $120/whole seminar, $70/day, $40/session.
Registration postmarked after April 10, or at the door: $150/whole seminar, $80/day, $50/session.
Non-AAKF members will pay additional $30 to the fees listed above.

Please join us at MKA in Minneapolis for the Spring National Seminar! Senseis Fusaro, Tabassi, Tong, Kanani, Cheah and Kageyama will be instructing on Kata and Kumite. This is a rare opportunity to learn from so many high ranking instructors!

There will also be a set of lower belt sessions on Saturday; this will be focusing on the understanding of basics for green belts and below. Please be aware that all belt levels are welcome at all sessions; you may attend whichever sessions suit your comfort and confidence level.

There will be a Dan exam after 5pm on Saturday the 20th. Seminar

If you have any questions, please call 651-771-7901 or email Joel Ertl. We hope to see you there!




NCR Regional Eliminations for June Nationals   [ ARCHIVED ]
April 6, 2013
Seminar starts at 12:30pm. Eliminations at 2:00pm

Where: Midwest Karate Assn of St Paul
Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $20.00

The NCR eliminations for black belts begins at 2:00pm on April 6th. This tournament will qualify competitors for the AAKF national competition will be held June 21-22 in St Louis, MO. Our region is allowed 6 individual competitors in each division, and one team per event (Team Kata, Team Kumite and Enbu). Eligible kumite participants are 18-54 years of age with no upper age limit on kata,and Enbu, competition.

The NCR Technical Committee is asking all black belts to participate in judging and competition events.

There will also be a special seminar taught by Sensei Fusaro. This seminar is open to all levels. The seminar will meet before the eliminations, starting at 12:30pm. Lower belt are invited to participate in this seminar. All students from the NCR are encouraged to attend.

Please contact us using the contact page with any questions. All past national competitors are asked to make contact on their intentions to participate.




Seminar for Judges and Competitors   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, March 9th - 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

Where: Bierman Athletic Facility, 516 15th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Cost: $5.00

In conjunction with the U of M Traditional Karate Tournament, the NCR Technical Committee will be conducting a judging/competitors seminar. This seminar is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the AAKF judging process and rules. This seminar is geared to both the competitors and judges. Competitors will get feedback on their kata and kumite. The black belt judges will get a chance to sharpen their judging skills.

It is not necessary for seminar participants to compete in the tournament, so all are encouraged to attend.




27th Annual U of M Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, March 9th - 9:30am - 10:30am (registration) • Seminar from 10:30am- Noon. Noon start time

Where: Bierman Athletic Facility, 516 15th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Cost: $25.00 (1 event), $30.00 (2 events), $35 (3 events), Seminar $5.00
Family Special: No more than $60 for the whole family. $5 discount for pre-registration by March 5th.

The University of Minnesota Shotokan Karate Club is hosting its 27th Annual Traditional Karate Tournament in March 2013. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2013, and registration will begin at 9:30 AM with the tournament running until about 5:00 PM. All clubs from the Midwest region are invited! We regularly see competitors from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Also we will be having a separate children's tournament. Events will include individual kata, individual kumite, and team kata, with several divisions for different levels of rank, and Men's and Women's divisions. The tournament is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the UMN Shotokan Karate Club, and all proceeds help pay for quality instruction and judging, equipment rental for the tournament and training, and other tournament trips. This event is a great opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow college karate clubs, and we look forward to seeing everyone! Finally, we meet after the tournament for dinner every year, at one of the many restaurants around the Minneapolis campus. Details will be announced during the tournament.

All kumite participants should bring gloves and a mouth-guard.

The University of Minnesota Traditional Karate Tournament is open to all karateka studying the Shotokan style of traditional Japanese karate.




Fall Regional Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
November 9- 11, 2012

Where: Midwest Karate of Minneapolis
1010 East Lyndale Ave N.
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro, Sensei Chris Smaby, Sensei Jerry Marr
Cost: $140.oo for entire seminar
$70.00 for single session
Pay by November 7th: entire seminar $125.00

The annual Fall seminar will feature a range of instruction from all three instructors. Sensei Smaby will focus on the application of joint manipulation directly taken from kata.




Orange-Purple Belt test preparation seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
October 13, 2012
12:00- 1:30pm

Where: Midwest Karate of Minneapolis
1010 Lyndale Ave
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro, Joel Ertl, Al Kotula and members of the NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $20.00

This seminar will help prepare the student for taking the exams of 8th kyu through 4th kyu. The seminar will be broken into two groups. One group will work on the 8th and 7th kyu exams. The other group will work on the 6th and 5th kyu exams. The seminar will teach the required basics and kumite for each level. Senseis Fusaro, Ertl and Kotula will emphasize the points that the examiners look for in each exam. A portion of the seminar will be spent with the technical committee member giving each student an individual critique.




Brown/Black Belt test preparation seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
September 29, 2012
12:00- 1:30pm

Where: Midwest Karate of Mpls
1010 Lyndale Ave
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro, Joel Ertl, Al Kotula and members of the NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $20.00

This seminar will help prepare the student for taking the exams of 3rd kyu and up. The seminar will be broken into groups. One group will work on the 3rd kyu through Shodan exam. The other groups will work on the Nidan and Sandan exams. The seminar will teach the required basics and kumite for each level. For Sandan level, the focus on kata application and the teaching requirement, in addition to sparring. Senseis Fusaro, Ertl and Kotula will emphasize the points that the examiners look for in each exam. A portion of the seminar will be spent with the technical committee member giving each student an individual critique.




Report from the Summer Camp by Al Kotula   [ ARCHIVED ]
Camp was held from August 3- 5th

Where: Midwest Karate of Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro, Sensei Chris Smaby and Sensei Jerry Marr
Cost: .

Sensei Marr
Throughout the three days, kata application using three person attack/defense in quadripartite sections of each heian kata were performed. As an example, Heian Shodan's four parts were divided into defender facing north with attacker number one LH leg forward at a southeast position and attacker number two from a southwest position. Attacker ones first attack was a RH step in kick and punch while the defender spins to their left, 270 degrees, starting Heian #1 downward block, grabbing the opponent's RH attack with the blocking hand and forcing them back to execute the kata's step in punch. Next, the Southwest opponent attacks RH kick followed by a RH and LH punch while the defender turns to the southeast opponent 90 degrees, blocks the kick with the RH, pulls back blocking both the the attacker's RH and LH with the fourth move in the Heian #1 and counter punch. The third move shifts the defender 90 degrees left to face southeast performing a downward block against a kick, switching the feet in place, catching a face attack, and stepping in with a RH rising block attack to the neck. The final defense position diverts the defender 90 degrees back to the south west attacker who uses a RH step in punch followed by a LH reverse punch, defeated by the defender executing a RH knife hand block, switching feet, blocking knife hand block and then using knife hand block strike to the neck. This series was added to throughout the weekend and augments the series using all five Heians in past seminar sessions.

Sensei Marr's kata takeaway training points were many. Students attacking tended to attack from too far a distance to effectively enter the defender's circle of defense zone. All student's became confused; these are Heian kata's we practice regularly. The problem? Too much rote memory thinking of steps and not enough thinking about application reaction. Attacker's many times had their hips back and head forward, creating a weak attack without mass. Defender's tended to "rush" through the initial learning phase of the exercise creating less comprehension and then sometimes panicking under pressure as the attacker's increased the pace of the four attacks. Stepping and rotating to face an attacker cannot be a large slow circle with arms expanding away from the body but a tighter coil, spin, and turn which should also be tighter in kata practice. Many great ideas.

Sensei Marr also addressed historic measures of stance; one quarter step => san chin, two quarters steps => hangetsu stance, three quarters steps => kokutso stance; and full four quarter steps equate => zen kutso dachi, kiba dachi, etc. Another favorite Marr technique was covered; 360 degree attack, block, and kick circle exercises. The student stands facing north and steps straight using, in one example, a step in RH punch, switches the feet to do the same technique LH to the front=> next step northeast RH backfist strike=> draw back to the center step northwest LH backfist strike => draw back to center step east kiba dachi RH bottom fist strike => draw back to center step west LH bottom fist strike => step 180 left facing south head level RH shuto to the neck => draw back to south center facing position execute LH shuto=> step southwest RH shuto => draw back center facing south spinning on center to the right 270 degrees elbow strike to the east => draw back to center turning left to face south , spin 180 degrees=> execute elbow strike. Very difficult to communicate through words but actual practice helps training long combinations. Takeaway point is to be able to react to an attack from any direction--not just straight ahead.

Sensei Smaby

Self defense karate techniques applied to nerve point strikes were integrated into kata applications with outstanding accuracy and explanation by Sensei Smaby. The initial classes worked on Heian Godan and Tekki Shodan. Heian Godan example: 1st technique inside block can be a shock to the opponent's punching arm => followed by striking=> reaching behind their neck with your RH and rotating and laying the opponent to the floor wit various follow through techniques. Emphasis was getting inside your opponent's circle. Too far away and you cannot get in ( actual demonstration of opponent successfully blocking every attack at distance but unsuccessful in blocking if in close range).

Sensei Smaby worked through Tekki Shodan starting with an "X" on the dojo floor. There are many applications but using a kiba dachi stance defense sideways can provide little forward and back stability. When an opponent steps in RH punching, step forward to the right at a 45 degree angle using the left hand strike to the arm which increase the force greatly and catches the opponent at a weaker defense position. This was repeated with the left foot upward nami ashi movement as a leg attack followed by the left hand block and several other examples. Using the "x' to explain angles, Sensei Smaby demonstrated that straight forward and back positions are not always the defense answer. As in past seminars, getting to the outside and middle or rear of an opponent is most ideal. The "cover block" against any punch is when you use your opposite hand to first slap the punch to the side and follow with the traditional block as "insurance" that the opponent doesn't rethink the attack and use that arm a second time to counter your defense.

Sensei Smaby spent time on Sochin kata. First the class did the kata slow and then medium speed. Not fast. His point was to "think through" the possible applications. Next we practiced key elements of the kata in application mode. The first move raises your right arm high--Sensei Smaby demonstrated several moves with just that first arm movement ( block a RH punch to face or a LH punch to face or block a RH and then LH attack to face with several stinging nerve type strikes following to jaw nerves, collar bone, ribs, groin, top of hip bone, etc. ) Each position examined various applications. Takeaway on kata applications is that we may think too narrowly about all the possibilities there are to counter an attack and innovate the kata suggested technique and traditional defenses.

Sensei Fusaro

Sensei Fusaro started the group with basic techniques but with an emphasis on higher level comprehension of connection of mass into techniques. Stepping out punching was first examined with a focus on body structure and connections throughout the body to create a forceful punch with mass and energy. Several students were first challenged with correcting the "leaning forward" to start a punch versus making leg connections, heels down, connection to the groin, sphincter, and the hip girdle and lat muscles up to the punching arm. This same connectivity was emphasized in blocking. The rotation should not disrupt the connection to the floor. Reverse punch was discussed first by just shifting, then shifting reverse punch, then shifting reverse punch followed by jab, all the while maintaining strong force forward from the legs.

Kicking was a special section of the seminar which started out with students slowly demonstrating their front and round kicks. Some special attention to body structure, good posture, and body angles was made to show how each person must adjust to their own body's flexibility and attempts to move the hip mass into the target versus a leaning back or simply a balancing on the support leg. Many students had difficulty in generating power in their kicks ( hips back, etc.) Sensei had each person work with a partner in an exercise where the attacker extended a front kick and their foot was placed on the opponent's hip joint. The opponent held strong to the floor while the attacker bent their support leg and leveraged their body weight down slightly until their opponent could feel the weight mass of the attacker begin to create a stronger force into their opponent. Each person gained insights on how to use their support leg in the front kick. Later, the side thrust was reviewed the same way. Coiling and extension challenges were discussed with a brief review of the side snap kick.

Please note to discuss with other attendees, take the information, and integrate the traditional karate techniques into your classes. The striking techniques are special situation applications and would not apply in regular classes( discuss with Sensei Fusaro). A great seminar and training.

Regards,

Al Kotula, Technical Committee Vice Chair Sensei Robert Fusaro, Technical Committee Chair.




NCR Regional Elimination and Kata Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Results from April 13, 2012

Where: St. Louis Park Dojo
Instructor(s): Joel Ertl, Sensei Fusaro
Cost: -

On Friday evening, April 13th, the NCR Technical Committee presented a Kata seminar taught by Sensei Joel Ertl. This event was organized by Art Wong and Al Kotula. The seminar was followed by the NCR Regional Eliminations for National tournament to be held in Los Angeles on June 15-16th. The NCR thanks Luis and Laura Ocampo for hosting the event.

Sensei Robert Fusaro, Technical Committee Chair observed and provided feedback and insights for the kata seminar and assessments of the tournament rulings.

Attendees of the kata seminar participated in practice judging several of the brown belt students. Detailed explanations of body dynamics, power, form, transition, and finally skill points, kept everyone engaged in the discussion and helped everyone gain a deeper understanding of each area that directly relate to points awarded.

There was also a discussion of penalty points that were subtracted from an athlete's point total. Hesitation for more than 5 seconds, loss of balance, landing off the starting point, etiquette, and incorrect naming of the kata are all potential penalty points that may arise and detract from an athlete's final score.

Sensei Ertl did an outstanding job covering the subject material. Art Wong did a great job of organizing the event and creating the documents everyone used in the discussion and training. Sensei Fusaro reminded everyone that grading a kata is serious business. The importance of experience needed to get a feel for an overall score and then a review of the elements.

The following competitor qualified for participation for the AAKF Nationals on June 15-16.

Men's Kata:

Mitch Le (1st)
Al Kotula (2nd)
Jon Rosenau (3rd)
John Hodapp
Dennis Olson

Women's Kata

Laurie Elliott (1st)
Meghan Ertl-Bendickson (2nd)

Men Fukugo

Keith Sullivan (1st)
Jon Rosenau (2nd)

Woman Fukugo

Laurie Elliott

Team Kata Men
John Hodapp, Dennis Olson, Al Kotula

Team Kata Women

Laurie Elliott, Meghan Ertl-Bendickson, Cassie Le

Men's Kumite

John Hodapp (1st)
Keith Sullivan (2nd)
Jon Roseneau
Mitch Le
Greg Doroff

Enbu

Laurie Elliott, Mitch Le




Technical Committee Training   [ ARCHIVED ]
May 11, 2012, 6:30pm

Where: St Louis Park dojo
Instructor(s): Walter Heinen, Al Kotula
Cost: none

Meeting for members of the Technical Committee. Training session will be conducted by Al Kotula and Walter Heinen. A short (15 minute) meeting will follow. This meeting is closed to the general public and only open to the members of Technical Committee.




Seminar in St Cloud   [ ARCHIVED ]
Tuesday, April 17- 6-8:30pm

Where: St Cloud YMCA
1530 Northway Dr, St Cloud MN 56303 (Ask at the front desk for the correct room.)
Phone: 320-253-2664 (YMCA) 218-340-6591 (Walter Heinen)
Instructor(s): Joel Ertl, 6th Dan/ Art Wong, 4th Dan
Cost: $20.00 ($30 for entire Family)

The St Cloud karate club is hosting a seminar on Tuesday, April 17th. The class, taught by Sensei Joel Ertl and assisted by Sensei Art Wong. The seminar will emphasize basic kihon and Heian katas.




Men's Competition Training   [ ARCHIVED ]
Sunday, April 1, 2012 (Noon - 1:00pm)

Where: MKA St Paul dojo
Instructor(s): Rob Solonynka
Cost: n/a

The next session for Men's competiton training will meet at the St.paul dojo on April 1st from 12 - 1 pm. Brown and Black belts are welcome to attend, whether or not you plan to complete. We will focus on kumite shifting and timing drills as well as kata in a competition setting.




Sensei Fusaro's Minneapolis Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
March 9th-11th, 2012

Where: 1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro with guest instructors Chris Smaby, 7th Dan and Jerry Marr, 7th Dan
Cost: $125 if paid and registered by March 8. $140 at the door ($70 for 2 or 3 hour sessions). Individual class and family pricing available.

Sensei Fusaro's Annual Spring Seminar




Self-Defense Against Knife Attack Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, February 4th • 9am - 1pm

Where: MKA Minneapolis, 1940 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Instructor(s): Sensei Chris Smaby (7th Dan)
Cost: $40.00

This seminar will teach self-defense techniques against a knife wielding opponent. Sensei Chris Smaby uses his vast experience in traditional karate and law enforcement to present this very practical approach to self-defense.




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