Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

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Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

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

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 – December 5, 2020 at 2:00pm CST at SKM dojo
  • AAKF Spring seminar – Tentative – Spring 2021
  • AAKF Nationals – Tentative – June 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.

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.

2020 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

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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.

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 – December 5, 2020 at 2:00pm CST at SKM dojo
  • AAKF Spring seminar – Tentative – Spring 2021
  • AAKF Nationals – Tentative – June 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.

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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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

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

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 – December 5, 2020 at 2:00pm CST at SKM dojo
  • AAKF Spring seminar – Tentative – Spring 2021
  • AAKF Nationals – Tentative – June 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.

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.

2020 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

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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

For More Information and Links

Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

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COVID-19 Impact – Update

    The Minnesota (MN) “Stay at Home” order expired May 18, 2020. The new “Stay Safe MN” order is now in effect which allows the MN governor to slowly dial up the opening of  more workplaces, social gatherings and schools. The MN governor can dial up or down the safety risk depending on the MN pandemic situation. Also, follow the posted Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening. As of June 5, 2020, MN’s dial safety diagram below has been updated depicting the latest safety strategy the state is following.  Gyms/fitness facilities, which includes dojos, can gradually start re-opening Wednesday, June 10, 2020 while following the gym-fitness guideline. See more details below regarding each dojo’s re-opening status.

    NCR Dojos Gradual Re-opening Status – Update

    Wednesday June 10, 2020, gyms and fitness type facilities can begin re-opening with the following restrictions:

    • Location: Indoors and outdoors
    • Capacity: 6 feet of social distance, max 25%, not to exceed 250 individuals for indoors and outdoors settings each – see guidance for additional details
    • Masks: Strongly recommended for workers and participants
    • Continue to go to https://staysafe.mn.gov/ for more details on MN’s stay safe timeline phases

    NCR dojos have started their planning to re-open while following MN guidelines for social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment.  Continue to go to your dojo’s website or contact your club’s sensei to verify when your dojo’s facility will re-open and what the new training schedule hours will be.

    • St. Paul dojo – Sensei Joel Ertl has implemented a new post-COVID-19 training plan. Go to the St. Paul website for details https://mwkarate.com/. Here is link to the training schedule. UpdateThe St. Paul dojo has decided to wait to re-open for at least another month. Due to St. Paul’s smaller floor space, training is very challenging and can only accommodate handful of students while  adhering to the 6′ social distance guidelines. Stay tuned as more details become available and when MN phase IV for gyms will increase capacity and relax other restrictions.
    • Mpls dojo – contact Sensei Al Kotula or Gina Wood at ShotokanKarateMN@gmail.com.  Update: SKMN is surveying their club members.  With a larger floor space at the Mpls dojo, SKMN can better adhere to the 6′ social distancing while having a significant number of people training at their dojo. 
    • Northfield dojo – contact Sensei  Thomas Meagher tmeagher1@icloud.com. Update:  Resuming karate classes will depend on when the YMCA facility will re-open.
    • UofM Club – contact Sensei Trung Le umnsensei@gmail.com Update: Waiting for when the UofMN gyms will re-open and when karate training can resume
    • WTKF – Completed their online streaming video classes series ending June 1, 2020.  Check their website for any new events coming up.

    Dojo Training Photos During COVID-19

    • St. Paul dojo training in the park with Senseis Ertl and Bendickson on Tues/Thurs at 5:00 pm and on Sat. 10:00 am and following the MN COVID -19 social gathering order and distance

     

    • SKMN (Mpls) students training at their dojo’s parking lot during their Saturday 10:00 am class with Sensei Kotula

     

    • SKMN’s landlord boarded up the dojo due to the rioting Mpls May 27-30, 2020 regarding the death of George Floyd. Both Mpls and St. Paul dojos have taken precautions during the night time riots.

     

    • Sensei Trung’s UMN club – montage of his club’s students doing a virtual training using Zoom

    • Added – Sensei Meagher – Saturday 11:00 am Zoom class with his wife explaining a kumite drill to the Zoom participants

    NCR Judging Seminar

    With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, AAKF and WTKF have both canceled their  championship events for 2020. This has prevented the NCR athletes and judges the opportunity to test their skills at a championship level event.  In order to keep our athletes and judges’ skills and knowledge of the AAKF/WTKF tournament rules and procedures current and fresh, NCR will be conducting a series of four weekly judging seminars starting Thursday June 4, 2020 6:00pm.  The classes will be held at the Swede Hollow Park 665 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106 near the St. Paul dojo off of East 7th St.  The judging seminar will be repeated on Saturdays at 11:15 am. The seminar is open to all athletes and judges who wish to learn and review the competition rules and procedures.  Also, the St. Paul dojo will be holding a karate class on the same days as the judging seminar at the Swede Hollow Park if you wish to train before the seminar.  If severe weather is approaching the day of the seminar, we will cancel that day’s judging seminar. If you have any questions about the judging seminar, send an email to the director@ncr-aakf.org.

    World Traditional Karate-do Federation Streaming Video

    The WTKF organization finished their live streaming video training sessions on June 1, 2020.  Below is Sensei Soolmaz Abooali, godan from the AAKF Mid-Atlantic Region.  She taught one of the WTKF online training sessions on Friday May 15, 2020, see her entire video here.

    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 you 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

    For More Information and Links

    Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

    Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

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    COVID-19 Impact 

      MN Executive Order status – MN “Stay at Home” order has been extended to May 18, 2020. See MN FAQ on what types of businesses are open and closed.

      The dojos in the NCR area continue to postpone all onsite class training and events through May.  Continue going to the NCR website, Facebook site for up to date information.  We will continue keeping you up to date through the NCR newsletters as well.

      2020 AAKF National Championships – Canceled

      The COVID-19 event has impacted the AAKF National Championships resulting in this year’s event being canceled. The 2021 AAKF National Championship will be in Dallas, TX next year. More details to follow.

      2020 WTKF World Championships – Canceled

      The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic event has also resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 the World Traditional Karate-do Federation World Championships.  The WTKF organization has re-scheduled the world championships to next year 2021. Tentative location is still Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil. See WTKF competition website calendar for more details as they become available.

      World Traditional Karate-do Federation Streaming Video

      The WTKF organization held six live streaming video training sessions from April 22 – May 1, 2020.  One of the streaming video session had 286 participants watching and participating in the online training sessions. With the limited space the instructors had, the training focused on kihon demonstrations and drills the participants could follow from home.  Pawel Janusz Sensei, yondan from Poland, conducted the April 27, 2020 session, click here to view Janusz Sensei’s training session [38:13].

      As of May 4, 2020, WTKF is continuing their online streaming video classes series.

      NCR Online Streaming Live and Video Training Classes

      Some of the NCR dojos in our region have implemented online training classes via the Internet. Some have implemented live streaming training classes and/or recorded their training sessions that can be replayed. Contact you dojo’s sensei regarding what your club is doing for online training during the COVID-19 event.

      • St. Paul dojo – contact Sensei Joel Ertl at office@mwkarate.com, for more details on their near daily online streaming video sessions.
      • Mpls dojo – contact Sensei Al Kotula or Gina Wood at ShotokanKarateMN@gmail.com. Click here for more information. They have been conducting some limited training in their parking lot.
      • Northfield dojo – contact Sensei  Thomas Meagher tmeagher1@icloud.com. Continues to hold online session as requested on Saturday.
      • UofM Club – contact Sensei Trung Le – umnsensei@gmail.com 
      • Mid-Atlantic Region – Sensei Mahmoud Tabassi of the Mid-Atlantic Region invites you to join him online at 5 PM, Monday and Wednesday, and at 2 PM, Saturday (East Coast Time). Please reach out to Sensei David Fosse  mooncalf1313@yahoo.com  for a weekly link to participate via Zoom.
      • WTKF – Go to their online streaming video classes series for their updated schedule.

      Minneapolis Dojo has a new website 

      The Minneapolis dojo has a new website. Update your browser’s favorite or your website with the new link to their new website.

      Sensei Okazaki 1931-2020

      I regret to inform you that another great Shotokan master has passed away Master Teruyuki Okazaki.  Sensei Okazaki founded the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) in 1977.

      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 you 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

      For More Information and Links

      Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

      UPDATE 2020 – April 21 – WTKF Online training – NCR Newsletter



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      Online Training Goes Worldwide – Update – April 21, 2020

      The first WTKF online training session was held noon Monday April 20, 2022. The 45 minute session went very well and was conducted by Sensei Pavel Chernousov from Russia. The session was conducted in English with a little Russian sprinkled in and Japanese terms. There were about 198 people online watching and participating in the Zoom video session.  Sensei discussed and demonstrated finishing blow (todome); mechanics of diaphragm breathing (contraction); Kinetic chain, “whip” (muchimi). Several students from our region participated in the online session and followed sensei’s demonstration drills. The video conference call was very clear with very little technical issues, e.g., no lag time.

      As a reminder, make sure you sign up for the sessions by registering online to receive the email containing the Zoom link for the next session on Wednesday. Look for the sign up form that will on the foreground image for the next online training session, for example, last Monday’s sign up look like this

      An email will be sent to you similar to the one below containing the Zoom video link. They will email you a reminder regarding that day’s scheduled session. The session will start at the posted timezone for your area, for NCR that is noon time, and will last for 45 minutes.

      As soon as I find out if the Zoom training sessions are recorded and posted, I will communicate the hyperlink address.

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      The World Traditional Karate-do Federation (WTKF)  is hosting a series of worldwide online karate classes. The online sessions will be taught by WTKF world champions and/or renowned WTKF Senseis. Many of us who have competed at the world level and/or judged at the world level have trained with these senseis.  This is your opportunity to also train and learn from these renowned senseis.

      Go to the WTKF online training schedule website https://www.wtkfederation.org/online to get more details, theme of the day, links, and timeline the classes will be online.

      According to the WTKF website, the sessions will always be at the same hour depending on your time zone. The WTKF website will have a count down meter that will then display the Zoom link for that day’s session. Make sure you have the Zoom application loaded on your PC, mobile phone, and/or tablet.
      Here is a list of the time zones when the online class will be held
      10 AM LOS ANGELES
      12 AM MEXICO CITY (for NCR region)
      1 PM NEW YORK
      2 PM RIO DE JANEIRO
      6 PM LONDON
      7 PM GENEVA, Switzerland
      7 PM WARSAW
      8 PM MOSCOW
      9 PM DUBAI / YEREVAN
      Online Practice dates and the sensei conducting the class – Note – First Class will be this coming Monday, April 20, 2020. 
      • Pavel Chernousov, Russia | Monday 20 April
      • Narek Iskandaryan, Armenia | Wed 22 April
      • Cristián Hidalgo, Chile | Friday 24 April
      • Paweł Janusz, Poland | Monday 27 April
      • Alexsandro Jobson, Brazil | Wed 29 April
      • Rodrigo Lucio de Souza, UAE | Friday 1 May

      Regional Online Training

      Some of the local dojos in our region have implemented online training classes via the Internet. Some have implemented live streaming training classes and/or recorded their training sessions that can be replayed. Contact you dojo’s sensei regarding what your club is doing for online training during the Covid-19 crisis.

      COVID-19 Impact Status

        MN Executive Order 20 20 – “Stay at Home” is still in effect until May 4, 2020. For the latest information from the MN Governor and MN Health department.

        The dojos in our region continue to postpone all onsite class training and events.  All future NCR/AAKF/WTKF scheduled events whether local, national, and/or worldwide,  continue to be reassessed due to the pandemic crisis.  Continue going to the NCR website, Facebook site for up to date information.  We will continue keeping you up to date through the NCR newsletters as well.

        In summary, for the month of April all dojos (gyms) are closed until May 4, 2020 since it’s a non-essential business.

        • St. Paul dojo –  is closed for the foreseeable future. Click here for more information.
        • Mpls dojo is closed. Click here for more information
        • River Falls –  is closed for the 2020 spring semester ends May 8, 2020
        • Traditional Karate-do Academy at UofM – all in-person classes cancelled at the UofM
        • Northfield Club – Access to YMCA facilities is closed and all classes have been canceled until further notice
        • Jamestown, ND – is closed. Click here for more information.

        As a guideline, the criteria your sensei will use to determine the re-opening of their dojo is as follows:

        1. Federal and state governments give the public the all clear sign for gyms (dojos) to re-open.
        2. Your dojo’s website and/or NCR newsletter has communicated your dojo is resuming classes.
        3. Parents and/or students make a personal decision when to resume classes based on items #1 and #2 criteria.

        2020 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

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        Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

        2020 April Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 



        Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

        1) COVID-19 Impact

         MN Executive Order 20 20 – “Stay at Home” is in effect from March 27 – May 4, 2020 (Update – the end date has been extended to May 4, 2020 as of 4/8/2020). Summary of what is open/closed hereNewFederal government has extended the coronavirus social distancing guidelines through April 30. The worldwide pandemic crisis continues to impact everyone’s normal daily routines and plans.

        The dojos in our region continue to postpone all onsite class training and events.  All future NCR/AAKF/WTKF scheduled events whether local, national, and/or worldwide,  continue to be reassessed due to the pandemic crisis.  Every effort is being made to keep you informed on any date changes and new postponements. Continue going to the NCR website, Facebook site for up to date information.  We will continue keeping you up to date through the NCR newsletters as well.

        New – In summary, for the month of April all dojos (gyms) are closed until May 4, 2020 since it’s a non-essential business. (Update – the end date has been extended to May 4, 2020)

        • St. Paul dojo –  is closed for the foreseeable future. Click here for more information.
        • Mpls dojo is closed. Click here for more information
        • River Falls –  New – closed for the 2020 spring semester ends May 8, 2020
        • Traditional Karate-do Academy at UofM – all in-person classes cancelled at the UofM until April 1.
        • New – Northfield Club – Access to YMCA facilities is closed and all classes have been canceled until further notice
        • New – Jamestown, ND – is closed. Click here for more information.

        New: As a guideline, the criteria your sensei will use to determine the re-opening of their dojo is as follows:

        1. Federal and state governments give the public the all clear sign for gyms (dojos) to re-open.
        2. Your dojo’s website and/or NCR newsletter has communicated your dojo is resuming classes.
        3. Parents and/or students make a personal decision when to resume classes based on items #1 and #2 criteria.

        2) NCR Kata Seminar – Saturday March 7 – Mpls dojo – RESULTS

        NCR held a kata seminar last month at the Mpls dojo. The students received feedback on their kata to help improve their kata for their next kyu or dan examination or for future competitions they might participate in.

        See photos from the kata seminar here

        3) AAKF Spring Seminar – Postponed until Sept 2020. More details to follow

        4) Traditional Karate-do Academy At UMN – Tournament – Postponed to Oct 10.

        Date changed to Oct 10, 2020. See additional details in “NCR Upcoming Events” below.

        5) AAKF 2020 National Championships – June 23-27, 2020 – Richardson, TX 

        The AAKF 2020 National Championships will be held on June 23-27 in Richardson, TX, which is north of Dallas, TX.  The events are open to registered AAKF members.  For adult black belts you must qualify at the NCR regional eliminations May 8, 2020 or be selected by the NCR officials. For adult kyu and youth level ranks, you only need to register with the NCR officials through your club’s sensei.  The AAKF Nationals is a fun and exciting event. Come and test your skills against other fellow karatekas from around the US.

        If you place at this year’s AAKF Nationals, you may get selected to be on the USA team to go to the 2020 world championships in Brazil.

        There will be a international camp held earlier in the week as well as a dan exam and qualification examination Thursday afternoon.  There will be time to do a little sightseeing.  Come and meet new friends or see old friends you haven’t seen for quite awhile.

        The following is the information you will need to plan for the 2020 AAKF Nationals. The AAKF office will reassess the event’s status by mid-May based on COVID-19 outbreak status.

        (New) Athletes and Judges 

        If you are considering attending the Nationals either as a participant or judge, you must email to director@ncr-aakf.org with your filled in registration form, see below, by no later than the end of April.

        6) 2020 World Championship Date Change – Oct 12-18, Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil

        7) 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.

        • AAKF Nationals – Richardson (Dallas), TX. June 23-27, 2020.
        • NCR  Dan exam – Fall 2020 – TBD
        • AAKF seminar – 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 you 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.

        8) 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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        Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

        Coronavirus impact to NCR dojos – March 18, 2020 – UPDATE #4



        Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

        UPDATE #4

        The following are latest updates on the NCR dojos that have postponed their classes:

        • St. Paul dojo –  is closed for the foreseeable future. Click here for more information.
        • Mpls dojo is closed. Click here for more information
        • River Falls –  New – closed for the 2020 spring semester which is through May
        • Traditional Karate-do Academy at UofM – all in-person classes cancelled at the UofM until April 1.
        • New – Northfield Club – Access to YMCA facilities is closed and all classes have been canceled until further notice

         

        • The dojos listed above are continuing their postponement of all classes until further notice.  This continuation is a precaution to avoid the spreading of the virus to their dojo members and family. New – There is chance the postponement could extend into April and May time frame. Continue going to the NCR website or to your dojo’s website or Facebook site for the latest updates.
        • New – During this long term pandemic, the dojos still have bills to pay but with limited income coming in. Reach out to your club’s sensei to see what you can do to help your dojo financially during this COVID-19 crisis.

        Events – postponed

        • New – University of MN Traditional Karate-do Academy tournament – postponed until Sat. Oct. 10, 2020 (note: date changed, again)
        • New – AAKF 2020 seminar – Spring seminar postponed to Sept 2020. More details to follow.

        Future events – new

        • AAKF 2020 National Championships – Richardson, TX – June 23-27, 2020 – New – AAKF will reassess in mid-May on the National Championships status due to COVID-19 outbreak.
        • WTKF  2020 World ChampionshipsDate changed October 12-18, 2020 Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil – See new poster here.  For general information here.  Will reassess early Sept due to COVID-19 outbreak.

         

        • The pandemic crisis is very fluid with daily changes on the event.  For information on the global virus crisis and recommendations go to the CDC website and for near real-time global case virus count go here.

         

        Thank you.

        Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director

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        Coronavirus impact to NCR dojos – March 16, 2020 – UPDATE #3



        Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

        UPDATE #3

        The following are latest updates on the NCR dojos that have postponed their classes:

        • St. Paul dojo –  is closed for the foreseeable future. Click here for more information.
          • Midwest Karate of St Paul has cancelled all karate and yoga classes until further notice.  We will assess the situation and make any decision to reopen based on the guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the US Center for Disease Control (CDC).
          • We have had several inquiries about making the dojo available for individual self-training.  Unfortunately, at this time we will not allow any such requests.  We are putting together some online training classes that may be available to our students in the near future.
          • We thank you for understanding, and hope that all our students are taking steps to stay safe.  Further announcements will be made here, and through the NCR newsletter.
        • Mpls dojo is closed. Click here for more information
        • River Falls –  access to the gym facility is closed for the foreseeable future
        • Traditional Karate-do Academy at UofM – all in-person classes cancelled at the UofM until April 1.

         

        • The dojos listed above are continuing their postponement of all classes until further notice.  This continuation is a precaution to avoid the spreading of the virus to their dojo members and family.

        Events – postponed

        • University of MN Traditional Karate-do Academy tournament – postponed until Oct. 17, 2020
        • AAKF 2020 seminar – Spring seminar postponed to fall 2020. More details to follow.
          • As you know the pandemic situation is very fluid at this moment with near daily changes on the situation.  For information on the global virus situation and recommendations go to the CDC website and for near real-time global cases virus count go here.

           

          Thank you.

          Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director

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