Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

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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
    • 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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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.

  • 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.

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.

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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: MKA – St. Paul Dojo, 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.

  • 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:

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.

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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.

  • 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.

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.

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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.

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:

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

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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.

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