Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2020 December Traditional Karate North Central Region



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

2020 Dan Examination Test Results

Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR) recently held a dan examination at the Midwest Karate Association St. Paul (MKA) dojo and the Shotokan Karate Minnesota (SKM) dojo. The students looked sharp and had put in many long hours of training to reach their goal.

Congratulations to the following students who successfully passed their dan examination:

  • Megan Riley – Shodan – MKA St. Paul
  • Mike Winter – Shodan – MKA St. Paul/SKM
  • Bill Badlo – Nidan – MKA St. Paul

Again, congratulations students! Now continue to focus your training, expand your knowledge, and help other students reach their goals.

AAKF National Fall Virtual Seminar – Final Virtual Seminar

The American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) final Fall 2020 virtual Zoom seminar is on Saturday December 5, 2020 at 9:00 am CST. The seminar will consist of four 1-hour sessions. The virtual training sessions are free and are broadcast via Zoom meeting. The seminars are open to all registered AAKF members.

To join the Zoom session, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87880651070?pwd=QmEvaG8vTTBuSDRDd3lMNGY1SWJzQT09. (Meeting ID: 878 8065 1070; Passcode: 807969)

Here is the list of schedule times (CST) and instructors for this Saturday’s December 5, 2020 virtual seminar

  • 9:00 am to 9:55 am; CST J. Ertl – MKA of St Paul
  • 10:00 am to 10:55 am; CST B. Hays
  • 11:00 am to 11:55 pm, CST R. Kageyama
  • 12:00 noon to 12:55 pm, CST A. Cheah

MN COVID-19 – Dialing Back

On November 18, 2020, Minnesota Governor Walz announced a new set of COVID-19 restrictions for the state of Minnesota (MN). The new restrictions Dialing Back  went into effect on November 20, 2020 through December 18, 2020.  The impact of MN Executive order 20-99 on the NCR is the closing of all of NCR MN dojos during the four week period.  In the event the COVID-19 pandemic continues to trend in the wrong direction in MN after December 18, 2020, Governor Walz may extend the restrictions into 2021.

Your sensei has updated his/her training schedule to reflect the new virtual (Zoom) training sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic period. 

During this short pause, continue training at home. We expect that you will be training at your club’s dojo in the very near future.

AAKF Annual Membership Renewal – March 1 Deadline

Your individual AAKF membership expires March 1. If you renew your current membership before March 1, the renewal cost is only $25. After March 1, a new AAKF membership is $35.  Click here to read about AAKF and WTKF membership benefits.

See your club’s sensei for registration instructions: preparing the check and returning the completed form, click here for the AAKF individual registration form.  Your club’s sensei will register your renewal on the AAKF portal and will mail in your fee and form to the AAKF organization.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan




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