Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2022 May Traditional Karate North Central Region



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

AAKF 2022 Spring Seminar – Highlights

AAKF held their 2022 spring seminar in Madison, WI. in April. The AAKF community members came together to train and get reacquainted with each other after a long COVID hiatus.   In this year of rebuilding the karate community, many new students attended their first AAKF seminar taught by Sensei Tong and Sensei Kageyama. The Senseis introduced new ideas and worked on new training drills for the new karatekas while reinforcing key principles and strategies for the senior karatekas. Everyone had a good time during the seminar and an opportunity to relax and reflect during the the evenings. Click here for photos and click here for videos highlights from the 2022 spring AAKF seminar. Click here for additional photos posted by the Traditional Karate-do Academy at UMN club.

AAKF 59TH National Championship – June 21-25, 2022

The 2022 AAKF 59th National Championship is just around the corner – June 21-25, 2022 in Dallas, TX.  The athletes, adult black belts, youth levels, and adult kyu levels, are excited about participating at the championships and representing our region. NCR will be sending numerous certified kata and kumite judges to assess the athletes’ performance during the championship. The AAKF championship event will also host an international camp and judging seminar, and hold dan rank tests and certification examinations.  Best wishes to the NCR athletes participating at the championships.  Click here for more details.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2022 April Traditional Karate North Central Region



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Having Fun while testing ones skill – kata shiai results

Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR) held a kata shiai at the Shotokan Karate MN (SKM) dojo on Saturday March 26, 2022. All the competitors had a great time at the kata shiai and received feedback from the judges on their performance. Trung Le brought a large group of students from the UofMN Traditional Karate-do Academy club.  The SKM club and the Midwest Karate Association (MKA) club were both well represented. Also, the judges were able to sharpen their kata judging skill in preparation for the June 2022 AAKF Championships in Dallas, TX.

Click here to see photos from the shiai event. Additional photos were contributed by the UofMN club and can be viewed here as well.

AAKF Spring Seminar reminder – April 22-24, 2022 Madison, WI

The annual 2022 AAKF Spring Seminar will be held in Madison, WI on April 22-24, 2022. This is your opportunity to expand your understanding of karate as you see and participate in the drills from the AAKF Technical committee senseis.  The seminar will also include dan examinations and certification examinations.  This is your chance to make new friends and get reacquainted with past karatekas. Click here to register online. Click here for seminar schedule, participation fees and registration, and waiver form.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2022 March Traditional Karate North Central Region



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Kata Shiai SKM Dojo – March 26, 2022

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

The Science and Philosophy of Martial Arts

by Sensei Alex Tong

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

2022 AAKF National Tournament

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

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2022 February Traditional Karate North Central Region



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Karate in the Community

Strength group, a Minneapolis non-profit organization, is concerned about personal safety for women in North Minneapolis.  Gina Wood, a 2nd degree black belt instructor from Shotokan Karate MN in Minneapolis, MN, is working with Strength Group by providing free self-defense classes for women.  Click here to see a short video [2:08] and article on the self-defense program.

Or visit WWW.WCCO.com  for more details

Annual AAKF Membership Renewal – March 1, 2022

Your individual AAKF membership expires on March 1, 2022. If you renew your current membership before March 1, the cost is only $25. After March 1,  your AAKF individual membership renewal is $35. For club renewal, the cost is $170.00. Check this out ->  Benefits of an AAKF membership.

Click here and fill out the AAKF registration form. Write a check following the instructions from your club’s sensei. Deliver your payment/form to your club’s sensei – he/she will then mail the documents to the AAKF organization.

2022 January kata Seminar Highlights

NCR held a local kata seminar recently. The seminar provided one-on-one feedback to each student. The valuable feedback gave the students a roadmap to improve their kata for their next exam. Click here to see more photos.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2022 January Traditional Karate North Central Region



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Kata Seminar – January 29, 2022 at SKM Mpls

Come join us at the 2022 NCR kata seminar at the SKM dojo in Mpls. Get feedback on your kata to help with your next test and enjoy the first seminar of the New Year with your fellow karatekas.

Annual AAKF Membership Renewal – March 1, 2022

Your individual AAKF membership expires on March 1, 2022. If you renew your current membership before March 1, the cost is only $25. After March 1,  your AAKF individual membership renewal is $35. For club renewal, the cost is $170.00. Check this out ->  Benefits of an AAKF membership.

Click here and fill out the AAKF registration form. Write a check following the instructions from your club’s sensei. Deliver your payment/form to your club’s sensei – he/she will then mail the documents to the AAKF organization.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

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Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2021 December Traditional Karate North Central Region



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Results from the Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of Minnesota Tournament

The Traditional Karate-do Academy at University of Minnesota held a tournament on November 6, 2021. This was Sensei Le’s first tournament for his club. It was great seeing University of Minnesota and the Wisconsin University clubs once again restart their karate tournaments. The COVID-19 pandemic put many events on hold. Restarting the tournaments and future in-person seminars will reinvigorate the enthusiasm for karate for our students and instructors.

The following are links to videos and photos from the tournament;

  •                TKA@UMN club website – click here
  •                TKA@UMN Facebook site – click here
  •                Additional (16) videos from Mark Abeln – click here

In 2022, we expect more tournaments, shias, seminars from Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR), the American Armature Karate Federation, and the World Traditional Karate-do Federation (WTKF). Go to the NCR events calendar to see upcoming events in 2022.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2021 November Traditional Karate North Central Region



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Reminder

UofM Fall 2021 Traditional Karate-do Tournament

Saturday November 6, 2021 11:30am

More information:

Click here for more detail and online registration

Click here for kyu level tournament rules.

Click here for the latest flyer.

Highlights from the 2021 Fall Madison Tournament

The Madison Japanese Karate Club, which is part of the UW-Madison Recreational Sports program, recently held their 38th Annual Tournament on October 23, 2021. The competitors and judges had a good time at the event. The students received great feedback from the judges to help improve their karate.  Sensei Vassil Peytchev and the club officers did a great job organizing the event. Click here to see photos and videos from the tournament.

Final AAKF Summer Instructor Program

November 13, 2021

The final Zoom AAKF Technical Committee instructor course session is scheduled for November 13, 2021 11:00am to 1:00pm Central Time. The program is only open to instructors and assistant instructors in your club. The teaching topic for this session will be How to Correct Students Part 2: Kata and Kumite.

The following is an email excerpt from Sensei Alex Tong, President of AAKF:

…The Technical Committee will host an online instructor course open to chief instructors and assistant instructors of member-clubs.  The sessions are intended to be interactive in nature.  We look forward to inputs from participating member instructors.  …2-hour Zoom sessions will be held on November 13 at no costs to participants.    

A unified teaching framework on kata, kumite, and kihon will be formulated from these sessions, and made available to all participants.  There will also be a review of Japanese terminologies that are used in international championships.  These specified foundation concepts will stand as guidelines for good karate-do practice, also serving as reference information for candidates for Coach’s and/or Examiner certifications.  As usual, teaching instructors are free to add their personal insights when holding class…

If you are an instructor at your club and interested in attending, please contact Art Wong immediately so we can get you registered.

The St. Paul dojo will be projecting the seminar on a large screen. All NCR instructors are welcome to attend.

Minnesota’s Give to the Max

Interested in participating in Minnesota’s Give to the Max?

Check this out:  http://givemn.org/      Then Four Easy Steps!

Traditional Karate North Central Region:  Our dojos encourage youth and adults to excel.

They are encouraged to excel in discipline, focus, healthy exercise, and in competition. Please help sponsor our competitors! Help send our excellent athletes to tournaments, where a financial situation should not hold an excellent athlete back for lack of equipment or an entry fee. Your donation can help send a very hardworking kid to tournament, and make a big difference in his or her life.

Thank you for helping!

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2021 October Traditional Karate North Central Region



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Reminder

UofM Fall 2021 Traditional Karate-do Tournament

November 6, 2021

More information:

Click here for more detail and online registration

Click here for kyu level tournament rules. (new)

Click here for the latest flyer.

AAKF Summer Instructor Program

October 16, 2021 (rescheduled)

The next Zoom AAKF Technical Committee instructor course session is reschuled to October 16, 2021 at 11:00am Central Time. The program is only open to instructors and assistant instructors in your club. The session will cover: How to Correct “Students”.

The following is an email excerpt from Sensei Alex Tong, President of AAKF:

…The Technical Committee will host an online instructor course open to chief instructors and assistant instructors of member-clubs.  The sessions are intended to be interactive in nature.  We look forward to inputs from participating member instructors.  …2-hour Zoom sessions will be held on October 16 and November 13 at no costs to participants.    

A unified teaching framework on kata, kumite, and kihon will be formulated from these sessions, and made available to all participants.  There will also be a review of Japanese terminologies that are used in international championships.  These specified foundation concepts will stand as guidelines for good karate-do practice, also serving as reference information for candidates for Coach’s and/or Examiner certifications.  As usual, teaching instructors are free to add their personal insights when holding class…

If you are an instructor at your club and interested in attending, please contact Art Wong immediately so we can get you registered.

The St. Paul dojo will be projecting the seminar on a large screen. All NCR instructors are welcome to attend.

World Traditional Karate-do Federation Highlights

Staying in touch with World Traditional Karate-do Federation (WTKF) organization is important for maintaining our link with traditional karate-do worldwide. The following are highlights/links to WTKF’s events held this fall:

On September 11, 2021 in Zielona Góra, – Polish Children’s Traditional Karate Championships. Click here

On September 12, 2021 in Zielona Góra, there was a training camp with sensei Włodzimierz Kwieciński 9th Dan, President of the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation. Click here.

September 17 to 19, 2021 – for the second time this year – WTKF hosted sensei Justo Gomez 7th Dan at a traditional karate training camp in Poland. More than 200 people took part in the trainings at the Dojo Stara Wieś and in Lublin. Click here

October 2 in Wrocław, the 14th Master’s Cup will be held in memory of Hidetaka Nishiyama. Click here.

The above links were translated from Polish to English using Google translate. If for some reason it is still in Polish, use Google translate and insert the URL, click here on how to use Google translate.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2021 September Traditional Karate North Central Region



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UofM Fall 2021 Traditional Karate-do Tournament

November 6, 2021

Contact Info:

Click here for the latest flyer.

Click here for more detail and online registration

AAKF Summer Instructor Program Sept 11, 2021

Form and Stance

The next Zoom AAKF Technical Committee instructor course session is September 11, 2021 at 11:00am Central Time. The program is only open to instructors and assistant instructors in your club. The session will cover “Form and Stance”.

The following is an email excerpt from Sensei Alex Tong, President of AAKF:

…The Technical Committee will host an online instructor course open to chief instructors and assistant instructors of member-clubs.  The sessions are intended to be interactive in nature.  We look forward to inputs from participating member instructors.  …2-hour Zoom sessions will be held on Sept 11, October 9 and November 13 at no costs to participants.    

A unified teaching framework on kata, kumite, and kihon will be formulated from these sessions, and made available to all participants.  There will also be a review of Japanese terminologies that are used in international championships.  These specified foundation concepts will stand as guidelines for good karate-do practice, also serving as reference information for candidates for Coach’s and/or Examiner certifications.  As usual, teaching instructors are free to add their personal insights when holding class…

If you are an instructor at your club and interested in attending, please contact Art Wong immediately so we can get you registered.

The St. Paul dojo will be projecting the seminar on a large screen. All NCR instructors are welcome to attend.

Traditional Karate-Do Academy at UMN Fundraiser

Sensei Le is starting his annual fall fundraiser with the sale of club shirts priced at $20.00 each. The shirt sizes are S M L XL XXL. Contact Sensei Le via email at umnkarate@gmail.com with your size(s) and quantity, delivery, and payment instructions.

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

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Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter

Summer Shiai Reflections

Click here for more photos from the shiai

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Upcoming Calendar of Events and Registration

  • NCR upcoming events
  • AAKF/WTKF upcoming events
    • AAKF
      • AAKF 2022 National Championship Dallas, TX. June 21-25, 2022. See http://aakf-nationals-2022.com for more details on hotel, fees, venue, schedules, etc.
    • WTKF
      • WTKF calendar  – Click here for this year’s events.
      • WTKF 2022 October World Championships in Joao Pessao, Brazilclick here for poster. More details to follow.

Dan Examination Schedule

  • This year’s dan exam and certification test schedule
    • NCR
      • 2022 July 23 NCR dan exam (shodan and nidan level only) noon Saturday at MKA St. Paul dojo. Please notify your Sensei if you are planning to test for shodan or nidan .
    • AAKF
      • 2022 AAKF National Championship in Dallas, TX June 21-25 – all dan levels
      • Rank examiner and judging tests will be conducted at the AAKF National Championship.
  • Dan examination testing requirements shodan-sandan – click here
  • Dan rank registration required when you pass your dan exam – click here

Click here to see past event videos and click here for past event photos from the NCR video and photo Library

Traditional Karate North Central Region Subscription

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan




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