Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2022 March Traditional Karate North Central Region

Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

Kata Shiai SKM Dojo – March 26, 2022

Start the spring season by joining us for our annual kata shiai at the Shotokan Karate MN dojo on March 26, 2022 from noon-2:00pm. Parents and friends come and support the athletes. Senior black belts come and help judge the athletes and provide feedback to the students. We will need help at the registration table and event table. For registration form click here. For SKM’s online registration click here.

The Science and Philosophy of Martial Arts

by Sensei Alex Tong

Available on Amazon, click here
During training, we typically center our thoughts on improving posture, breathing and connection—essential elements for kata and kumite.  In Sensei Alex Tong’s new book, The Science and Philosophy of Martial Arts, we are guided to also develop our Mind and Spirit! Sensei Tong accesses his biomedical and neuroscience background as he discusses the nature and manifestations of the spirit as well as mental tranquility and “warming up the brain”.  Reading this book will help us develop awareness, decisiveness, and strength of spirit in addition to physical performance.
Review by B. Young

2022 AAKF National Tournament

Let’s get summer started with a big event. The 2022 American Amatuer Karate Federation (AAKF) National Tournament is scheduled for June 21-25, 2022 in Dallas, TX. The AAKF National brings the best karatekas in United States to compete in kata and kumite. The event is open to qualified NCR athletes — the best athletes from NCR eliminations and/or athletes selected by the North Central Regional director and senior council members. The event will include a 3 day seminar, dan test, rank examiner and judging test, plus a kyu level competition for kids and adults. More details will be posted by March 15, 2022. 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
    • 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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