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
  • 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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