Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

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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 director@ncr-aakf.org 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.

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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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COVID-19 – Dojos Can Expand Class Size – April 1, 2021

Minnesota (MN) has been doing a great job in getting more people vaccinated and controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus. Effective March 15, 2021, the state of MN will relax the restrictions for in-person gym and dojo attendance. This is great news for the Traditional Karate North Central Region clubs and students!  Contact your club’s Sensei regarding your dojo’s expanded in-person attendance dates and plans.

Here is an excerpt from the MN Stay Safe Plan:

Beginning March 15, 2021 at 12 p.m.

* Gym capacity is capped at 50%, maximum capacity remains at 250.

* Machines and people should maintain 6 feet of distance.

* Indoor classes are limited to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed.

* Outdoor classes are limited to 50 people.

* Masks required

Beginning April 1, gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, or martial arts spaces with sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people per applicable percentage limits and guidance.

For more information on the MN Stay Safe plan click here

AAKF 2021 Spring Seminar April 17 – July10 (update)

The AAKF Technical Committee has organized a series of four 2-hour Zoom seminars from 11:00am-1:00pm CDST on Saturday starting April 17 to July 10, 2021. Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times. This is your opportunity to re-engage with the AAKF organization and fellow karatekas. Come learn and have fun!

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 director@ncr-aakf.org 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.

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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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AAKF and WTKF Championships Postponed

The 2021 AAKF National Championships and the 2021 WTKF World Championships have been postponed to 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As more details become available, we will let you know. Also, Sensei Trung Le’s Traditional Karate-Do Academy at UMN club has postponed their spring shia to November. As more details become available, we will update the 2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events, see below.

AAKF Annual Membership Renewal – Deadline Extended to March 31, 2021

Your individual AAKF membership expires March 31. If you renew your current membership before March 31, the renewal cost is only $25. After March 31, a new AAKF membership is $35.  Click here to read about AAKF and WTKF membership benefits.

See your club’s sensei for registration instructions, preparing the check and returning the completed form. click here for the AAKF individual registration form.  Your club’s sensei will register your renewal on the AAKF portal and will mail in your fee and form to the AAKF organization.

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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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WTKF New Announcements (new)

The World Traditional Karate-do Federation (WTKF) has announced several new, high-level promotions: “It is with great pleasure to announce the promotion of Dr. Włodzimierz Kwieciński to 9th Dan, Mahmoud Tabassi to 9th Dan, Nelson Carrion to 8th Dan, and Nilton Aurimar De Souza to 8th Dan.” Read more. Congratulations!

Take a moment to read the 2021 new year greeting from WTKF President Dr. Włodzimierz Kwieciński: “Dear WTKF Members: I would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.” Read more.

 A new book written by Albert Cheah Sensei  “Karate-do: the Art Beyond Techniques”. Beyond the cliché of learning martial arts for fighting, self-defense, or competition, “Karate-do: the Art Beyond Techniques” takes the reader into understanding the etymology of budo, karate, and the significance of how training can be applied in daily routine.  Read more. It is available for purchase on Amazon

 

2021 International Tournament – Poland – (short video)

The WTKF organization is holding their annual youth and adult level 2021 Wratislavia Cup in Poland March 18-21, 2021. For most of us, it is a bit expensive and faraway to travel, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. But the link below has an embedded short video [3:52] from last year’s 2020 Wratislavia Cup (video is located just below the city map). This link allows kids in our region to view a video that highlights kids of their age and rank competing against each other. Enjoy. https://www.wtkfederation.org/poland-international-tournament-of-traditional-karatedo-wratislavia-cup-2021

Shotokan Academy (Brazil)

Beyond Training – Connecting Families and Community

As a member of the AAKF and WTKF organizations, you are automatically connected to the worldwide interest in Shotokan karate with information brought to your door step! Your membership will expand your interest in karate and show you how other countries worldwide have developed and embraced a passion for Shotokan karate.

José Humberto Sensei of Brazil, 7th Dan, has been involved with Shotokan karate since the 1970s. His dojo is in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Many of our current and former regional competitors and judges, who traveled to the international WTKF championships and seminars, will recognize Humberto Sensei and remember how they enjoyed his Shotokan karate teachings and wisdom.

Karate is more than just learning techniques and achieving black belt status.  Follow the link to the magazine article that reveals how Humberto Sensei’s Shotokan Academy forms “Champions and Citizens of Good”.  Humberto Sensei has applied the philosophical principles inherent in Shotokan Karate to connect family, schools, community, and expand and enhance many social programs in his community. Shotokan Academy 38 years of forming champions and citizens of good.  The article states that “More than 20 thousand people have already been directly benefited by the social projects developed by it (the Shotokan Academy)”.

Humberto Sensei and his organization continue an excellent job in reaching beyond his dojo into the community to help children and families. Follow the link and you will enjoy reading an article from Humberto Sensei written in both Portuguese and English:  Launch of the Karate-Dô Sport and Citizenship Project biennium – 2019/2020.

Thank you to Sensei Le Traditional Karate-Do Academy at UMN  for obtaining the PDF articles.

Dojo Training and COVID-19 (update)

As of January 10, 2021, Minnesota updated the Stay Safe Guidelines. Read more. “Gym capacity remains capped at 25% but maximum capacity increases to 150. Machines and people should maintain 9 feet of distance. Classes increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed. Everyone must be masked.”

Each sensei is keeping his/her students up to date on when the dojo will re-open. Governor Walz has published the December 23, 2020 Minnesota’s guidelines for group training in gyms. It is important that you verify with your sensei the exact re-opening date, training times, and COVID-19 rules. Click here to see the latest update on the MN Stay Safe Plan and restrictions guideline.

As you know, COVID-19 vaccines are now being distributed to priority locations. Visit the MN Department of Health Website to view the latest information on the inoculation schedule, click here.

 

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • UofM – Tentative – March 27, 2021 hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship – July 2021, Dallas, TX – Tentative. More information to follow.
    • WTKF 2021 Wratislavia Cup in Poland – International Tournament March 18-21, 2021. More information.

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 – 2021-TBD
  • AAKF Nationals – Tentative – July 2021 Dallas, TX

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 above dan 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: MKA – St. Paul Dojo, E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

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2020 Dan Examination Test Results

Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR) recently held a dan examination at the Midwest Karate Association St. Paul (MKA) dojo and the Shotokan Karate Minnesota (SKM) dojo. The students looked sharp and had put in many long hours of training to reach their goal.

Congratulations to the following students who successfully passed their dan examination:

  • Megan Riley – Shodan – MKA St. Paul
  • Mike Winter – Shodan – MKA St. Paul/SKM
  • Bill Badlo – Nidan – MKA St. Paul

Again, congratulations students! Now continue to focus your training, expand your knowledge, and help other students reach their goals.

AAKF National Fall Virtual Seminar – Final Virtual Seminar

The American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) final Fall 2020 virtual Zoom seminar is on Saturday December 5, 2020 at 9:00 am CST. The seminar will consist of four 1-hour sessions. The virtual training sessions are free and are broadcast via Zoom meeting. The seminars are open to all registered AAKF members.

To join the Zoom session, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87880651070?pwd=QmEvaG8vTTBuSDRDd3lMNGY1SWJzQT09. (Meeting ID: 878 8065 1070; Passcode: 807969)

Here is the list of schedule times (CST) and instructors for this Saturday’s December 5, 2020 virtual seminar

  • 9:00 am to 9:55 am; CST J. Ertl – MKA of St Paul
  • 10:00 am to 10:55 am; CST B. Hays
  • 11:00 am to 11:55 pm, CST R. Kageyama
  • 12:00 noon to 12:55 pm, CST A. Cheah

MN COVID-19 – Dialing Back

On November 18, 2020, Minnesota Governor Walz announced a new set of COVID-19 restrictions for the state of Minnesota (MN). The new restrictions Dialing Back  went into effect on November 20, 2020 through December 18, 2020.  The impact of MN Executive order 20-99 on the NCR is the closing of all of NCR MN dojos during the four week period.  In the event the COVID-19 pandemic continues to trend in the wrong direction in MN after December 18, 2020, Governor Walz may extend the restrictions into 2021.

Your sensei has updated his/her training schedule to reflect the new virtual (Zoom) training sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic period. 

During this short pause, continue training at home. We expect that you will be training at your club’s dojo in the very near future.

AAKF Annual Membership Renewal – March 1 Deadline

Your individual AAKF membership expires March 1. If you renew your current membership before March 1, the renewal cost is only $25. After March 1, a new AAKF membership is $35.  Click here to read about AAKF and WTKF membership benefits.

See your club’s sensei for registration instructions: preparing the check and returning the completed form, click here for the AAKF individual registration form.  Your club’s sensei will register your renewal on the AAKF portal and will mail in your fee and form to the AAKF organization.

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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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This Month’s Events:

No Events scheduled for January 2021

Read more for future upcoming events.

October 2020 Shiai Kata Recap

The Traditional Karate North Central Region held a small kata shiai on Saturday October 31, 2020. The athletes had a good time demonstrating their skills in kata and getting feedback from the judges on their performance. Congratulations to all the winners.

Click here for photos of the kata shiai.

Athletes bowing in to start the kata shiai

AAKF National Fall Virtual Seminar – Final Two Seminars

The American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) has two Fall 2020 virtual seminars remaining. The next Zoom session is on Saturday November 7, 2020 at 9:00 am CST. The seminar will consist of four 1-hour sessions. The virtual training sessions are free and are broadcast via Zoom meeting. The seminars are open to all registered AAKF members.

To join the Zoom session, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87880651070?pwd=QmEvaG8vTTBuSDRDd3lMNGY1SWJzQT09. (Meeting ID: 878 8065 1070; Passcode: 807969)

The next AAKF Zoom seminar will be on

    • Saturday November 7, 2020 from 9:00 am CST to 1:00 pm CST.
    • Saturday December 5, 2020 from 9:00 am CST to 1:00 pm CST.

A complete list of instructors, dates and their scheduled time slot as well as the Zoom link information can be found here.

Shodan/Nidan Dan Examination – Reminder

NCR will be conducting a shodan/nidan dan examination on Saturday December 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the SKM dojo. Contact your club’s sensei if you are planning on testing. Your sensei will then contact Art Wong to help with the planning. See Shodan-Nidan dan test requirement – NCR Testing guidelines handbook.

Laurie Elliott wins 2020 Mayoral Race in Newport, MN

Laurie Elliott, a yondan and former winner of numerous US national competitions and an international competitor in the AAKF and WTKF organization, respectively, ran for the 2020 mayoral race in her hometown of Newport, MN. All her hard work in campaigning resulted in winning the race as the newly elected Newport, MN mayor. Congratulation to Mayor-elect Laurie Elliott on winning the mayoral race in Newport, MN.

Mayor-elect Laurie Elliott

Traditional Karate-Do Academy at UMN Fund Raiser

Sensei Trung Le is having a fund raiser for his Traditional Karate-Do Academy at the University of Minnesota by selling t-shirts. The price is $19 each if you pay using Venmo or $20 each if pay by cash. Help support this club by purchasing a shirt. Contact Sensei Le at umnsensei@gmail.com. Shirt descriptions – Color: Light Royal Blue, Front: club logo, Back: Dento Karate-do (Traditional Karate-do) 

Traditional Karate-do Academy is the only University of Minnesota traditional karate-do sports club sanctioned under NCR, AAKF and WTKF organizations.

World Traditional Karate-do Federation – Fall Newsletter

Source: https://www.wtkfederation.org/news-wtkf. To all WTKF members,

We hope you are doing well and staying healthy during these crazy times. We are looking forward to the day when we have overcome Covid-19 and can gather together at seminars, camps, and championships. We have several pieces of news to share with you.


First, it is our great pleasure to announce that our organization, the WTKF, is strong and steadfastly growing. As examples, the Polska Unia Karate Tradycyjnego was created a few months ago and under the leadership of Pawel Janus and Lukasz Wojcik, it has become strong and active. This organization has already held several events including Gasshuku at Dojo Stara Weiss, with guest instructor Sensei Kwiecinski. 


Another new organization, the Czech Traditional Karate-Do Alliance located in the Czech Republic, has recently joined us. It is headed by Dr. Peter Skryja who is a former student of Sensei Nishiyama and a pioneer of Traditional Karate in Czech Republic since the 1990s. His new organization is also strong and cohesive, with great athletes and seekers of the Traditional Karate-do path. 


Other organizations located in Lithuania, Romania, and Ukraine are also in the process of joining WTKF. 


Our second news is in regard to the World Championship to be held in Joaopessoa, Brazil after having defeated the Covid-19 pandemic. The Brazilian organization is working hard to make this Championship a memorable event for all athletes, judges, and participants. 


Third, our new Dan registration will resume in October 2020 after making some small changes and adding the WTKF president’s signature. This change is necessary in order to differentiate from the Dan certificates that were stolen by the small group of usurpers of Fake WTKF. Please make sure to register everyone’s Dan ranking and to pay the yearly membership fee since the organization cannot operate without proper funding.
Since its inception in October 2014, our organization and office in Switzerland has been strong and solidifies our headquarter office in the country. 


Fourth, our legal action against the small group of usurpers of Fake WTKF, is on-going and we will not stop until all our rights and belongings are returned to us.


Finally, we are so happy to announce a new member of Sensei Kwiecinski’s family, Michal Witold Kwiecinski who was born in August 2020. He has brought immense joy to the Kwiecinski family, friends, and students. We look forward to meeting Michal in one of our events in the near future. 


As you can see, Covid-19 has not stopped our progress and we are continuing to grow and enhance our technical, mental, and spiritual ability on a daily basis. You will receive our 2021 Schedule of Events by the end of this year. 


We wish you all great health, love, and prosperity. And we thank you for your continued commitment to Traditional Karate-Do, WTKF, and its officers and instructors. 


Sincerely,

Nelson Carrión, WTKF General Secretary 

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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.

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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Kata Shiai – October 31, 2020 at SKM

The kata shiai will be held Saturday noon-2:00 pm October 31, 2020 at the SKM Mpls dojo.  Use the shiai event to sharpen your kata skills for your next dan or kyu test examination, or come to have fun meeting and competing with your fellow karatekas in our region.  Open to all ranks and ages including adult black belts. More information. Online registration.

AAKF National Fall Virtual Seminar

The American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) is continuing their Fall 2020 virtual Saturday seminar on October 3, 2020 at 9:00 am CST. The seminar will consist of four 1-hour sessions. The virtual training sessions are free and are broadcast via Zoom meeting. The seminars are open to all registered AAKF members.

To join the Zoom session, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87880651070?pwd=QmEvaG8vTTBuSDRDd3lMNGY1SWJzQT09. (Meeting ID: 878 8065 1070; Passcode: 807969)

The next AAKF Zoom seminar will be on

    • Saturday October 3, 2020 from 9:00 am CST to 1:00 pm CST.
    • Saturday November 7, 2020 from 9:00 am CST to 1:00 pm CST.
    • Saturday December 5, 2020 from 9:00 am CST to 1:00 pm CST.

A complete list of instructors, dates and their scheduled time slot as well as the Zoom link information can be found here [Updated].

Shodan/Nidan Dan Examination

NCR will be conducting a shodan/nidan dan examination on Saturday December 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the SKM dojo. Contact your club’s sensei if you are planning on testing. Your sensei will then contact Art Wong to help with the planning. See Shodan-Nidan dan test requirement – NCR Testing guidelines handbook.

NCR Website Changes

The NCR website homepage now has direct links to all the NCR Facebook photos and videos. You should be able to view all the public viewable Facebook photos and videos without a Facebook account.

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.

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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:

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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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.

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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.

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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Rescheduled – Mini-Camp – Saturday August 29, 2020

The four hour mini-camp has been rescheduled to Saturday August 29 from noon to 4:00pm at the Mpls dojo-1200 N. Plymouth Ave. Mpls.  All levels are welcome to attend for a nominal fee of $10.00 per person at the door.  Instructors planned for the event are Senseis Tom Meagher (Northfield); Yakino Nakamura (Mpls); Trung Le (UofMN) with assistance from Kara Winter and Mike Ching (St. Paul); and Darren Marr (Mpls).  Six feet social distancing and mask wearing will be adhered to. See poster link.

Come and support our clubs as we slowly expand our training during the pandemic event. More information.

COVID-19 MN Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene. More information

NCR dojos have been following the three Ws (3W) – Wear a mask – Watch your distance (6 feet social distancing) and Wash your hands. Continue following the 3Ws while training and outside the dojo.

Sensei FusaroLifetime Commitment to the Art

Shotokan Karate Minnesota updated their information website page on Fusaro Sensei’s lifetime commitment to the art of Shotokan Karate. Click here to read more.

A limit of 20 students will be allowed to attend. Please preregister here.

AAKF 2020 September Virtual Seminar

The nationwide COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact large group gatherings. In order to ensure the safety of the instructors and students during this time, the AAKF national organization is planning on using Zoom technology for their 2020 AAKF Fall virtual seminar in September. The virtual seminar will be free. The AAKF virtual seminar will help you continue your training and grow your knowledge of Shotokan karate. As more detail on exact dates and times become available we will pass that information along.

NCR Summer Judging Seminar – Reflection

This summer’s NCR Judging Seminar wrapped up in July. The Seminar covered many of the rules, signals, and procedures for Kumite, Kogo, and tento. Content included opening/closing a competition match, the use of hand/flag signals, and contact assessment. Participants also studied kata principles. Content included form/transition/power/body dynamics and mastery, enbu rules and procedures, as well as how to use the scoring forms.

Each Seminar participant played both the role of shu-shin (center judge) and the role of fuku-shin (corner judge). We used kumite- and kogo-based scenario exercises to help participants quickly assess the situation and make rapid judging calls. 

Art Wong led the Seminar which was attended by Al Kotula, Trung Le, Dennis Olson, Keith Sullivan, Michael Ching, and Mark Abeln. 

Unfortunately, the worldwide pandemic cancelled the summer AAKF 2020 National Championships and postponed the fall WTKF 2020 World Championships.  Our NCR judges will miss this year’s chance to apply their understanding and expertise of the traditional karate tournament rules and procedures. However, Seminar participants did benefit by keeping the tournament rules and procedures fresh in their minds, sharpening their eyes on what to look for during a match, and exercising their muscle memory reaction timing. This Judging Seminar definitely provided the opportunity to prepare for future NCR, AAKF and/or WTKF competitions.

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.

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.

  • AAKF 2021 Spring Zoom seminar – Dan test May 15, 2021 1:00pm CDST. Contact Art Wong (director@ncr-aakf.org) no later than April 30, 2021 to obtain the details on fees, form, dojo location of for the Zoom dan test, and date/time.
  • NCR  Dan exam – 2021 July 23 Friday 6:00pm St. Paul dojo. See Art Wong to pre-register.
  • AAKF Nationals – 2022 Dallas, TX

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:

2021 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • NCR upcoming events
    • November 6, 2021 – UofM Fall Shiai hosted by Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of MN club. More details to follow.
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF 2021 Zoom seminar series – April 17 -J uly 10.  Click here for more details regarding the Zoom seminar topics, instructor, and dates/times.
    • AAKF 2021 National Championship postponed to 2022. See AAKF Nationals website for more information.
    • WTKF  2021 World Championships postponed to 2022

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Have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday with your friends and family. 

Sensei Robert Fusaro

It has been a little over one year since Sensei Robert Fusaro passed away on June 29, 2019. Please take a moment to reflect on Sensei’s lifetime contribution to the art of Shotokan karate and how he touched your life. His inspiration will keep us strong and his spirit will light the way into the future. Continue his legacy as you continue your training and staying connected with your fellow karatekas.

NCR Dojo Reopened

Shotokan Karate MN (SKMN, former MKA Mpls) reopened their dojo on June 10, 2020. SKMN is following the MN Stay Safe MN COVID-19 guidelines for gyms which require 6′ social distancing and wearing a mask. Below is a photo of the students training at the Mpls dojo. Because of their larger floor space, SKMN can hold about twelve students while complying with the MN guidelines.

Go to your dojo’s website or contact your club’s sensei regarding the latest on your dojo’s new training schedule.

Future Dan Examination 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 – Tentative Fall 2020
  • AAKF fall seminar – Tentative – Sept 2020

If you are considering a dan rank test in 2020, 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 above dan tests, it will take longer to prepare since you must write a thesis, present your paper, and do a kata with bunkai explanation.

Students testing must read the following documents for specific dan test requirements and eligibility:

Shodan-Nidan– NCR Testing guidelines handbook.

AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks.

For our region, the dan test cost is $100 times the dan rank you are testing for, e.g., $100 x 2nd dan (nidan) test = $200.00.

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: MKA – St. Paul Dojo, E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

2020 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

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