Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2021 April Traditional Karate North Central Region

Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

New Shodans at Shotokan Karate MN

Congratulations to our newest shodans: Henri Hatch and Cosette Hatch! Both students passed their shodan test on March 24, 2021 at the Shotokan Karate MN dojo in Minneapolis. Their many years of dedicated training under Sensei Kotula and Sensei Gina Frances and their persistent determination paid off when they passed their shodan test. Savor the moment and then help others achieve their goal, like your Senseis helped you achieve your goal. Again, congratulations!!

AAKF 2021 Spring Seminar April 17, 2021  

The AAKF Technical Committee’s Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2-hour Zoom seminar begins at 11:00am CentralClick here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructors, and dates/times. This is your opportunity to engage with the AAKF organization and fellow karatekas from around the US. Come learn and have fun! A second AAKF Zoom seminar is scheduled for May 15, 2021

AAKF Dan Test – May 15, 2021

As part of the AAKF 2021 spring seminar, the AAKF Technical Committee will be conducting Zoom dan test on May 15, 2021 at 1:00pm CDST. If you are interested in taking a dan exam, contact Art Wong NCR Director at no later than April 30, 2021 to start your dan test registration process. Details on the dan fee, form, dojo location where you will perform your dan test, and date/timeline will be provided by Art Wong.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

Depending on COVID-19 Developments
  • NCR upcoming events
    • 2022 – Kata Seminar January 29, 2022. SKM dojo in Mpls. Click here for more details.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events

Dan Examination Testing Dates

The following are tentative dan examination dates/locations. Check with your club’s sensei for eligibility as well as dates/times that may change at the last minute.

  • NCR  Dan exam – 2022 – mid-July. More details to follow on exact date and location.
  • AAKF Seminar – 2022 April 22-24. More details to follow.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 June 21-25, Dallas, TX. More details to follow.

If you are considering a dan rank test in the near future, you should be preparing for your exam as soon as possible and getting feedback from your club’s sensei and sempais.  It takes at least 6+ months of constant training both mentally and physically to prepare for a dan exam. For yondan and higher tests, it will take longer to prepare since you must write a thesis, present your paper, and do a kata with bunkai explanation.

Read the following documents for specific dan test requirements and eligibility:

Dan Rank Registration With AAKF and WTKF Organizations

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

Complete both forms: AAKF Dan reg form.  WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

Mail your check and forms to: Midwest Karate Association St. Paul, 762 E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

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