Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2021 July Traditional Karate North Central Region



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

NCR Shiai Mpls Dojo – August 14, 2021

North Central Region (NCR) will be hosting a shiai on August 14, 2021 starting at noon. The event is open to all ages and ranks. We will be following the AAKF competition rules and procedures. Students can register for kata, kumite, team kata, and enbu. Click here for the detail and registration costs.

Apply karate to all things

Bob Young’s article considers the criteria for a successful dojo and how a successful dojo can be a model for a successful small business. A successful dojo helps us bridge the gap between the “outside” and the “inside”, between the world “out there” and the world “in here”. Click here to read more.

NCR Judging Seminar – July 9, 2021

NCR will be conducting a series of tournament judging seminars starting July 9, 2021 at 6:00pm at the St. Paul dojo. The seminar will be held every Friday in July. The seminar is open to qualified AAKF judges and black belts who want to take the AAKF judging qualifications test in the future. We will use this time review and practice the AAKF tournament rules and procedures. The seminar is the preamble for the August NCR shiai as well as the upcoming AAKF summer instructor program. Contact Art Wong for more information and to sign up for the judging seminar.

AAKF 2021 Summer Seminar July 10, 2021

The final AAKF Zoom seminar is scheduled for Saturday, July 10, 2021. The two 1-hour Zoom seminars will begin at 11:00am central time. The first hour Sensei Hyatt plans to teach a simple Bo kata named Tsue Sho (The Way of The Bo Form or Suekata Sho No Kon). You can use a Jo if you need to work in tight quarters, or a broom stick if you need to improvise.  Click 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!

AAKF Summer Instructor Program

The AAKF Technical Committee will be hosting a series of four instructor course sessions this summer via Zoom. The program is only open to instructors and assistant instructors in your club. The following is an email excerpt from Sensei Alex Tong, President of AAKF:

…The Technical Committee will host an online instructor course open to chief instructors and assistant instructors of member-clubs.  The sessions are intended to be interactive in nature.  We look forward to inputs from participating member instructors.  Four 2-hour Zoom sessions will be held on August 7, Sept 11, October 9 and November 13 at no costs to participants.    

A unified teaching framework on kata, kumite, and kihon will be formulated from these sessions, and made available to all participants.  There will also be a review of Japanese terminologies that are used in international championships.  These specified foundation concepts will stand as guidelines for good karate-do practice, also serving as reference information for candidates for Coach’s and/or Examiner certifications.  As usual, teaching instructors are free to add their personal insights when holding class…

If you are an instructor at your club and interested in attending, please contact Art Wong immediately so we can get you registered.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • Upcoming events
    • 2024 March 23 – NCR Shiai. Noon. SKM dojo. Click here for more information. Click here for online registration link. Or, download the PDF Registration form.
  • NCR 2024 plans
    • May 18 noon-2pm Preparation for 2024 AAKF National Champioships – NCR judging seminar and competitor feedback. St. Paul dojo. More details to follow
    • May 3 Friday Black belt test – Shodan/nidan – MKA St. Paul
    • October 12 NCR SKM Shiai SKM. More details to follow
    • November 2nd Madison Tournament. More details to follow
    • November 16th U of M Tournament. More details to follow
  • AAKF upcoming events:
    • 2024 April 12-14 – AAKF Spring seminar – Madison, WI – Click here for more information
    • 2024 June 19-22 – (tentative). AAKF National Championships – Twin cities, MN – Hosted by Traditional Karate North Central Region. More details to follow.
  • WTKF Events
    • November – WORLD TRADITIONAL KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIP in Lima,Peru. More details to follow
    • 2025 – tbd – TRADITIONAL KARATE-DO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    • WTKF calendar  – Click here for more upcoming WTKF 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

  • NCR and AAKF dan exam schedule
    • Spring 2024
  • 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

  • Upcoming events
    • 2024 March 23 – NCR Shiai. Noon. SKM dojo. Click here for more information. Click here for online registration link. Or, download the PDF Registration form.
  • NCR 2024 plans
    • May 18 noon-2pm Preparation for 2024 AAKF National Champioships – NCR judging seminar and competitor feedback. St. Paul dojo. More details to follow
    • May 3 Friday Black belt test – Shodan/nidan – MKA St. Paul
    • October 12 NCR SKM Shiai SKM. More details to follow
    • November 2nd Madison Tournament. More details to follow
    • November 16th U of M Tournament. More details to follow
  • AAKF upcoming events:
    • 2024 April 12-14 – AAKF Spring seminar – Madison, WI – Click here for more information
    • 2024 June 19-22 – (tentative). AAKF National Championships – Twin cities, MN – Hosted by Traditional Karate North Central Region. More details to follow.
  • WTKF Events
    • November – WORLD TRADITIONAL KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIP in Lima,Peru. More details to follow
    • 2025 – tbd – TRADITIONAL KARATE-DO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    • WTKF calendar  – Click here for more upcoming WTKF 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

  • NCR and AAKF dan exam schedule
    • Spring 2024
  • 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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