Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2020 September Traditional Karate North Central Region



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

SKM Mini-camp Recap

The Shotokan Karate MN (SKM) recently held a mini-camp at the SKM Minneapolis dojo on Saturday August 29, 2020. The mini-camp kept the attendance to a maximum of 20 students following the COVID-19 social group gatherings protocol. Sensei Kotula did an excellent job in organizing the event and ensuring the safety of the students and instructors.

The purpose of the camp was to give the students new insights into karate fundamentals, use of re-enforcement drills, and experience different instructors from our region. The mini-camp was also used as a development platform for future Senseis as part of NCR’s succession planning to ensure Sensei Fusaro’s vision continues far into the future.

Thank you to Mark Abeln for creating and editing a series of short video links below from the August 29, 2020 SKM mini-camp. The videos are posted on the NCR Facebook site. You do not need a Facebook account to view the video links below.

  • Mini-camp highlights [4:21] – here
  • Tom Meagher’s session [4:41] – here
  • Yukino Nakamura’s session [7:40]  – here
  • Kara Winter, Michael Ching, Trung Le session [8:55] – here
  • Darren Marr session [0:0] – SKM mini-camp Aug 29, 2020 – here

AAKF National Fall Virtual Seminar

The American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) will be conducting a series of four Saturday sessions over several months. Each Saturday session will last about 4 hours long. The virtual training sessions are free and are broadcast via Zoom meeting. The seminar will be held on the first Saturday of each month except for September which will be held Saturday September 12 and the last seminar ending December 4, 2020. The Zoom seminars are open to all registered AAKF members.

The first AAKF Zoom seminar will be on Saturday September 12, 2020 from 9:00am CDST to 1:00pm CDST. A complete list of instructors, dates and their scheduled time slot as well as the Zoom link information can be found here.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
    • More events coming soon.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • Great Lakes Region – Annual Madison Traditional Karate Tournament
      • 2022 Saturday November 19 at 11:30am. Location: West High School, 30 Ash Street, Madison, WI 53726. Click here for more details.
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2023 National Championship Washington, DC. More details to follow.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library.  Click here for additional photos from the U of Mn club photo library.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • Watch for the next NCR and AAKF dan exam schedule – available soon
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
    • More events coming soon.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • Great Lakes Region – Annual Madison Traditional Karate Tournament
      • 2022 Saturday November 19 at 11:30am. Location: West High School, 30 Ash Street, Madison, WI 53726. Click here for more details.
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2023 National Championship Washington, DC. More details to follow.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library.  Click here for additional photos from the U of Mn club photo library.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • Watch for the next NCR and AAKF dan exam schedule – available soon
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan




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