Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2022 July Traditional Karate North Central Region



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

Get well Anita Bendickson

Anita Bendickson Sensei suffered severe injuries during a biking accident while on vacation with Joel Ertl Sensei in Custer, SD. Anita is now back home recovering. The following is a Caring Bridge link on her accident and her current status – https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/anitabendickson/journal

Even though Anitia’s medical care has been great and she is slowly recovering, her medical expenses are astronomical. Her injuries and long recovery time have severely impacted her income as well.  Vince O’Connor and Meghan Wilson, Joel Ertl and Anita Bendickson’s daughter, have put together a Go Fund Me page to help Anita with her growing medical expenses. Go to this link and contribute to this effort https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-anita-b-recover.

AAKF 59TH National Championship – Highlights/Results

The 59th AAKF National Championships were held in Dallas, TX July 21-25, 2022. Congratulations to Cassie Le! Cassie placed 2nd in kata and kumite events.  Also, congratulations to Camila Cedeno (1st place) and Mateo Cedeno (2nd place) on their performance in their individual youth divisions.

Photos of the championships can be found by clicking here. These photos were taken by professional photographer Michael Shay of the Northwestern Region ©2022 Michael Shay Polara Studio

Videos of the championships can be found by clicking here. The videos were taken by Mark Abeln, SKM dojo.

Soolmaz Abooali and Cassie Le. ©2022 Michael Shay Polara Studio
Group photo of athletes and judges. ©2022 Michael Shay Polara Studio
North Central Region judges and other AAKF judges at the 2022 Nataional Championships

New Yondan in our region

Tom Meagher achieved the rank of yondan at the 59th AAKF National Seminar in Dallas, TX on June 23, 2022 in front of the AAKF Technical Committee under Tabassi Sensei. Tom had a very good test resulting in achieving the rank of yondan. This is not an easy achievement. Tom spent many years of training and teaching to achieve this goal. Congratulations to Tom!

Continue Growing our Ranks

Congratulations to Chris Anderson, Jim Harrell, Megan McMann, and Kara Winter for passing their Nidan exam. Also, congratulations to Jethro Harding for passing his Shodan exam on July 23, 2022 at the St. Paul dojo as well.  They all worked very hard to achieve their new rank. The COVID pandemic made it even harder to prepare and then wait for exam date. They all focused their efforts to push on in their training to accomplish their new dan rank.  The day of the test was hot and humid. Taking the exam was physically and mentally exhausting. Their many hours of training, strong stamina, and mental discipline helped them to overcome the obstacle and achieve their goal. Again, congratulations! to Chris, Kara, Meghan, Jim, and Jethro for passing their dan examination!

Jethro Harding (Shodan); Kara Winter, Megan McMann, Jim Harrell, and Chris Anderson (Nidans)

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • Upcoming events
    • 2024 June 19-22 – AAKF National Championships and International Camp – Bloomington, MN – Hosted by Traditional Karate North Central Region. Click here for more details.
  • NCR 2024 plans
    • May 18 noon-2pm Preparation for 2024 AAKF National Championships – NCR judging seminar and competitor feedback. St. Paul dojo. More details to follow
    • May 31 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 June 19-22 – AAKF National Championships and International Camp – Bloomington, MN – Hosted by Traditional Karate North Central Region. Click here for more details.
  • 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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