Traditional Karate North Central Region

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

2020 March Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

1) New Name But Same Great Karate – Shotokan Karate Minnesota

With a new decade upon us, Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis is transforming itself with a new name – Shotokan Karate Minnesota.  The same great instructors, e.g., Senseis Michael Fusaro, Al Kotula, and Gina Wood for the kids program, will continue to teach.   With the support from the Fusaro family, the club will have a strong base to move forward from. As part of the transition, the new club is reviewing their options including a new location in the future. The new club is planning a new website and Facebook site in the near future as well.  We will keep you posted as more information become available. For now, they can be reached at 612) 870-1795 , or by email at info@midwestkarate.org and gina@midwestkarate.org.

2) AAKF Spring Seminar – April 24-26 – Madison,  WI

The AAKF organization is having their annual 2020 spring seminar in Madison, WI April 24-26.  This is your opportunity to learn, develop and train on the latest kata, kumite, and kihon drills and techniques as well as sparring and teaching strategies.  Come and meet new karatekas and renew old friendships you haven’t seen for some time.  The AAKF will also be conducting a dan examination (all dan levels) as well as examiner, coaching and judging qualifications.

More details on the venue location and hotel accommodations will be posted soon.

3) NCR Kata Seminar – Saturday March 7 – Mpls dojo

A kata seminar is planned for noon Saturday March 7 at the Mpls dojo. Use this event to get feedback on your kata to help improve your kata for your next kyu or dan examination or for future competitions Read more->

 

4) New Club – Traditional Karate-do Academy At University OF Minnesota

It is with great pleasure to announce a new club Traditional Karate-do Academy University at UMN (TKA-UMN).  This is a great addition to the Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR).  Sensei Trung Le, fourth degree black belt (yondan), is heading up the new club at the UofM. He has many decades of experience as a karateka, competitor, judge and instructor.

The new club is conducting a fundraiser by selling a club t-shirt ($20.00/ea.), see below photo, to help build their club’s funds so they can put on future events sponsored by the club.  Contact Sensei Le at umnsensei@gmail.com to pre-order a club t-shirt.

 

For more information about the club contact Sensei Le at umnsensei@gmail.com.

5) Traditional Karate-do Academy At UMN – Tournament – April 4, 2020

Traditional Karate-do Academy at UMN (TKA-UMN) is holding its first tournament on April 4, 2020 noon-4pm at Van Cleave Community center in Mpls, MN ust north of the UofM. The cost is $30 for one event and $35 for two or more events.

The tournament is open to all kyu ranks and black belts. There will be youth and adult divisions competing in individual kata and kumite using AAKF competition rules. Read more on rules. 

Come out and help support the new club either as participant, judge or as a spectator. See flyer for detail.  Registration link.  Donations are welcome.

6) 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 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 have seen for quite awhile.

The following is the information you will need to plan for the 2020 AAKF Nationals

7) Latest News From WTKF

Polska Unia Karate Tradycyjnego [Polish Traditional Karate Union] was established to support and integrate the traditional karate community in Poland. They have created an organization that builds a new quality and creates new opportunities. Also implement unconventional solutions and interesting ideas that will facilitate clubs’ everyday work. Want to manage wisely, listen to what is needed today, react quickly and do not miss anyone. See the video [3:19] they produced regarding their organization.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PolskaUniaKarateTradycyjnego/

Read more on WTKF website

8) Future Dan Examination Dates

The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei for eligibility as well as dates/times that may change at the last minute.

  • AAKF 2020 Spring seminar – Madison, WI. – April 24-26 
  • AAKF Nationals – Richardson (Dallas), TX. June 23-27, 2020.
  • NCR  Dan exam – Fall 2020 – TBD

If you are consider testing for a dan rank 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

2019 December NCR Newsletter



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

1) Minneapolis Dojo News – 

Local Training: Albert Cheah Visit Results – November 5, 2019

The MKA dojo was visited by Sensei Albert Cheah, 6th Dan, from the Orange County, California dojo. He taught a group of a dozen karateka Tuesday evening November 5th. The attached photo shows Sensei Cheah assisting a student with pressure to hip area to create added stability in her Empi kata. By creating more pressure to the floor for stability, the next move of compressing the arm strike to the left open hand becomes easier to execute.

Pan Am International Training: Mexico City, October 22-23, 2019

Sensei Salas emphasis on stomach and leg connection. Sensei Eduardo Salas , 9th Dan, Peru taught this concept of energy development in the legs and stomach area to create a stronger base.

Sensei Tabassi, USA 7th Dan, shown demonstrating same principle.

  1.  Student is in a side stance doing basic punching chest level center.
  2. Another student stands behind him with a vertical fist slightly pushing forward between the shoulder blades.
  3. The puncher will be pushed forward slightly and must use leg muscles to prevent going off balance (puncher must not develop a constant pressure develop a constant pressure lean).
  4. Assisting student slowly increases pressure to a few pounds to increase leg development and stomach connection.
  5. Repeat by pressing a vertical fist to upper stomach for women or chest for men. Puncher punches face level. Assisting student increases pressure to a few pounds while puncher uses stomach and legs to develop a constant pressure and hold position while punching

2) Madison, WI Shiai Results – November 16, 2019  

The annual Madison, WI traditional karate tournament was held at the Robert M. La Follette High School gymnasium, 702 Pflaum Road, Madison, WI 53716.  The shiai gave karatekas  the opportunity to hone and develop your kata and kumite skills, meet new friends and renew old acquaintances, and gauge their level of development for your next test. For judges, they sharpened their eyes and strengthen their understanding of kata and kumite tournament rules and procedures.

Click here for photos from the shiai. (Thank you to the Madison Japanese karate club for the 768 photos on your Facebook site:

Photos from our 2019 tournament. Thank you athletes for your passionate participation, and BIG thanks to judges and volunteers for your generous time!

Finally, thank you to Jesse Allhands for taking photographs! If you desire higher resolution copies of certain photos (for a small suggested donation), please send us a private message.

If you took videos or photos from the tournament and want them to be featured on our page, feel free to post them as well. See you next year!)

Click here for videos from the shiai.

3) AAKF Annual Membership Renewal – March 1, 2020 Deadline

Your individual AAKF membership expires on March 1, 2020. If you renew your current membership before that date, the cost is only $25. After that, AAKF membership renewal is $35.  Click here to read about the benefits about being part of the AAKF and WTKF organizations.

See your club’s sensei regarding who to make the check out to. Fill out the registration form, click here for the AAKF individual registration form.  Drop off your payment/form to your club’s sensei who will then mail to the AAKF organization.

4) 2019 NCR Board of Director meeting December 13, 2019 

The annual Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR) will meet on December 13, 2019 at the St. Paul dojo.  The meeting will review this year’s results and start planning for our 2020 activities. See your club’s Sensei on regarding the meeting details.

5) Future Dan Examination Dates

The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei for eligibility as well as dates/times that may change at the last minute.

  • AAKF 2020 Spring seminar – Madison, WI. – more details to follow on date/time of the dan exam.
  • AAKF Nationals – Dallas, TX. June 23-27, 2020 – more details to follow on date/time of the dan exam.
  • NCR  Dan exam – Fall 2020 – TBD

If you are consider testing for a dan rank 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 – click here for more information

AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

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.

6) 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: Click here AAKF Dan reg form. Click here 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

Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

  • NCR 2020 Winter shiai – more details to follow.
  • AAKF 2020 Spring Seminar, Madison, WI – more details to follow.
  • AAKF 2020 Nationals – Dallas, TX – June 23-27, 2020 – more details to follow
  • WTKF  2020 World Championships – Sept 22-26, 2020, Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazill – click here for preliminary information.

For More Information and Links

For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

For the NCR Facebook site, click here.

For the WTKF website, click here, WTKF Facebook click here

To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2019 November NCR Newsletter



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

1) NCR Nov 1-2 Seminar – Sensei Taichiro Kaijima – Reflection

The seminar with Sensei Taichiro Kaijima from Calif. was a great seminar. His perspective on kata and kumite along with unique training drills gave students insights into understanding and improving their karate skills. Below are photos and video links from the seminar.

2) XIX Pan American Championship Karate-Do – Oct 21-26 – Mexico City – RESULTS

The following NCR judges were at the the Pan-Am championships: Al Kotula, Art Wong, Laurie Elliott, Trung Le, Dennis Olson, and Mark Abeln. Below are phots and videos from the Pan-Am championships.

3) Madison, WI Shiai – Saturday November 16, 2019 10:00am (Check in)

The annual Madison, WI traditional karate tournament will be held at the Robert M. La Follette High School gymnasium, 702 Pflaum Road, Madison, WI 53716. Click here for detail information. The youth shiai will follow a modified kumite protocol for kyu levels. Click here for youth rules. 

Use this opportunity to hone and develop your kata and kumite skills, meet new friends and renew old acquaintances, and gauge your level of development for your next test. For judges, sharpen your eyes and strengthen your understanding of kata and kumite tournament rules and procedures.

4) Future Dan Examination Dates

The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei for eligibility as well as dates/times that may change at the last minute.

  • 2020 – TBD

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

Shodan-Nidan– NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

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.

5) 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: Click here AAKF Dan reg form. Click here WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

Mail your check and forms to: MKA – St. Paul Dojo, E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

2019/20 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

For more information and links

For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

For the NCR Facebook site, click here.

For the WTKF website, click here, WTKF Facebook click here

To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

2019 October NCR Newsletter



Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

1) NCR Fall Seminar REMINDER – Nov 1-2, 2019 With Sensei Taichiro Kaijima – Mpls dojo

Click here for online registration. Click here for event flyer.

Early Registration* by Oct 28, 2019

  • Individual: Full seminar-$120; 1 session-$60
  • Family Rate Full seminar: 2 family members $170; Families of 3 of more $210
  • Family Rate 1 session: 2 family members-$90; Families of 3 or more $130
  • College Students (full-time): Full seminar $100; 1 session-$50

Same Day Registration*  

  • Individual: Full seminar-$140; 1 session-$70
  • Family Rate Full seminar: 2 family members $190; Families of 3 or more $230
  • Family Rate 1 session: 2 family members-$110, families of 3 or more $150
  • College Students (full-time): Full seminar $120; 1 session-$60

*For non-AAKF members, there is an additional fee of $10.00.

    2) XIX Pan American Championship Karate-Do – Oct 21-26 – Mexico City

    The following NCR judges will be going to the Pan-Am championships: Al Kotula, Art Wong, Laurie Elliott, Trung Le, and Dennis Olson.

    We will post photos/videos from the Pan-Am championships in the 2019 November NCR newsletter.

    3) Sensei Katsumata Seminar Results

    Sensei Nina Chenault held a karate seminar Oct 4-6, 2019 with guest instructor Sensei Katsumata of Canada.

    • Click here for more photos from the seminar.
    • Video – Sensei Katsumata explaining go no sen timing – click here (1:40)

    4) World Traditional Karate Federation – Latest News and Events

    An October 2, 2019 letter from the WTKF president, click here.

    The WTKF will be holding a General Assembly meeting in Mexico City in conjunction with the Pan-Am championships.

    For the WTKF website, click here, WTKF Facebook click here.

    5) Future dan examination dates

    The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei for eligibility as well as dates/times may change at the last minute.

    • 2019 Nov – NCR Nov 1-2 during the NCR fall seminar at the Mpls dojo.

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

    Shodan-Nidan– NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

    AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

    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.

    6) 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: Click here AAKF Dan reg form. Click here WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

    Mail your check and forms to: MKA – St. Paul Dojo, E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

    2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

    Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

    • 2019 Guest instructor seminar – Nov 1-2 2019 Mpls dojo – Sensei Taichiro Kaijima. Click here for details.
    • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Brazil

    For more information and links

    For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

    For the NCR Facebook site, click here.

    For the WTKF website, click here, WTKF Facebook click here

    To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

    For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

    Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director, Godan

    2019 September NCR Newsletter (update)



    Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

    1) Celebration of Life Memorial Service Sept 7, 2019 – Reflection

    Thank you to all the speakers and attendees that helped celebrate the life of Sensei Robert Fusaro.

    Also, thank you to Gina Wood, Sarah Beggs, Al Kotula,  Mark Abeln, Rachael Sommers-Fusaro, Chris Rasmussen, Laurie Elliott, Jon Hodapp, Bill Rossi, Don Dale, Greg Doroff, John Kearney, Darren Marr, Steve Rouch, Cat Shrewsbury, Hannah Stephenson and many other volunteers for helping set up a wonderful memorial service.

    If you have any memorial photos or videos you wish to share with other fellow karatekas, please contact Art Wong via this NCR newsletter.

    The GoFundme site to help the Fusaro family is still available. Click here to donate.

    2) A Special Class Was Held at the Mpls Dojo – Sept 5&7, 2019

    The Mpls dojo was honored with the presence of Sensei Albert Cheah from CA. Sensei  Cheah taught the Thursday night class at the Mpls dojo. Sensei Cheah was in town to attend the celebration of life memorial service and offered to teach a class at the Mpls dojo while he was in town.

    • Click here for additional photos from the memorial karate classes

    Also, Sensei Marr held a special morning class on Sept 7, 2019.

    3) NCR Fall Seminar – Nov 1-2, 2019 with Sensei Taichiro Kaijima – Mpls dojo

    Click here for online registration. Click here for event flyer.

    Early Registration* by Oct 28, 2019

    • Individual: Full seminar-$120; 1 session-$60
    • Family Rate Full seminar: 2 family members $170; Families of 3 of more $210
    • Family Rate 1 session: 2 family members-$90; Families of 3 or more $130
    • College Students (full-time): Full seminar $100; 1 session-$50

    Same Day Registration*  

    • Individual: Full seminar-$140; 1 session-$70
    • Family Rate Full seminar: 2 family members $190; Families of 3 or more $230
    • Family Rate 1 session: 2 family members-$110, families of 3 or more $150
    • College Students (full-time): Full seminar $120; 1 session-$60

    *For non-AAKF members, there is an additional fee of $10.00.

      4) XIX Pan American Championship Karate-Do – Oct 21-26 – Mexico City

      The following NCR judges will be going to the Pan-Am tournament: Al Kotula, Art Wong, Laurie Elliott, Trung Le, and Dennis Olson.

      The following links will help you prepare for the 2019 Pan-Am championship:

      Click here for the Poster

      Click here for the General Information (dates, times, location, hotel, events, tours, etc.)

      Click here for registration form and medical form

      5) WTKF – 2020 WTKF World Championships  

      The WTKF 2020 World Championships has been moved to Brazil, Fall 2020.

      6) Future dan examination dates

      The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei for eligibility as well as dates/times may change at the last minute.

      • 2019 Nov – NCR Nov 1-2 during the NCR fall seminar.

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

      Shodan-Nidan– NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

      AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

      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.

      7) Dan Rank Registration With AAKF and WTKF Organizations

      Once you passed your dan examination, you must registered 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: Click here AAKF Dan reg form. Click here WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

      Mail your check and forms to: MKA – St. Paul Dojo, E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

      2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

      Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

      • 2019 Guest instructor seminar – Nov 1-2 2019 Mpls dojo – Sensei Taichiro Kaijima. Click here for details.
      • 2019 Pan-Amercan championship- Oct 21-26, 2019, Mexico City – click here for the poster and information
      • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Brazil

      For more information and links

      For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

      For the NCR Facebook site, click here.

      For the WTKF website, click here, WTKF Facebook click here

      To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

      For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director

      2019 August NCR Newsletter (Update)



      Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

      1) Celebration of Life Memorial Service – Saturday Sept 7 , 2019 at 2:00pm

      Midwest Karate Association has organized a celebration of life memorial service in memory of Sensei Robert Fusaro.

      We would like to invite you to a celebration of Sensei’s life on what would have been his 86th birthday, Saturday, September 7th, 2019. The celebration will commence around 2:00pm. Absolutely everyone is welcome. We currently plan to celebrate him at his dojo, Midwest Karate Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 1200 Plymouth Ave N, 55411. Phone 612-870-1795

      Please RSVP as soon as possible via email or Facebook. If attendance exceeds capacity, we will inform you of the change location. Respond to: info@midwestkarate.org “with: I’m attending” or Facebook- click here[[select: Interest in going]. If you would like to speak at the celebration please mention this in your RSVP. Time will be allotted for all if possible. Click here for flyer information.

      Sensei Fusaro awarded 10th dan – In recognition of his lifetime achievements, Sensei Fusaro was awarded 10th Dan posthumously by the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation (WTKF). Click here to read more.

      Reminder – A GoFundMe has been set up on behalf of Gloria Fusaro. Click here to donate towards the memorial fundraiser. We reached our GoFundMe goal of $10,000. Let’s see if we can exceed our goal by 50%.

      2) 2019 AAKF Nationals –RESULTS

      The Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR) athletes representing our region did well at last month’s Nationals in Monterrey Pak, CA

      Youth Nationals:

      Clara Winters- first place in her division

      Senior Nationals:

      Women Individual Kata: Kara Winter- second

      Men Individual Kata: Al Kotula – third

      Mixed Enbu: Kara Winter & Al Kotula- second

      For more photos and videos of the 2019 AAKF Nationals go to NCR Facebook website.

      Additional kumite videos, click here.

      Judges and examiner test results:

      Al Kotula passed all of his tests, class 4 kata & kumite judge, class 4 coach, class 4 examiner.

      Laurie Elliott – passed her tests, class 5 kata judge, class 4 kumite

      Dennis Olson – passed his class 1 kata/kumite tests

      Mark Abeln- passed his class 1 kata/kumite tests

      3) NCR seminar – Nov 1-2, 2019 with Sensei Taichiro Kaijima – Mpls dojo (Update)

      Hold this date. Click here for details.

      4) XIX Pan American Championship Karate-Do – Oct 21-26 – Mexico City

      If you are selected by the AAKF organization to represent the US at this year’s 2019 Pan American championship, the following links will help you prepare for the 2019 Pan-Am championship:

      Click here for the Poster

      Click here for the General Information (dates, times, location, hotel, events, tours, etc.)

      Click here for registration form and medical form

      5) WTKF – 2020 WTKF World Championships  

      The WTKF 2020 World Championships has been moved to Brazil, Fall 2020.

      6) Future dan examination dates

      The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei as dates/times may change at the last minute.

      • 2019 Nov – NCR Fall seminar

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

      Shodan-Sandan – NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

      AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

      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.

      7) Dan rank registration with AAKF and WTKF organizations

      Once you passed your dan examination, you must registered 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: Click here AAKF Dan reg form. Click here WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

      Mail your check and forms to: MKA – St. Paul Dojo, E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

      2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

      Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

      • 2019 Guest instructor seminar – Nov 1-2 2019 Mpls dojo – Sensei Taichiro Kaijima
      • 2019 Pan-Amercan championship- Oct 21-26, 2019, Mexico City – click here for the poster and information
      • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Brazil

      For more information and links

      For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

      For the NCR Facebook site, click here.

      To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

      For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director

      2019 July 5, NCR Newsletter – (update)



      Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

      1) Passing of a Great Sensei – Sensei Robert L. Fusaro 9/7/1933 – 6/29/2019 – UPDATE

      NEW –  Sensei Fusaro awarded 10th dan – In recognition of his lifetime achievements, Sensei Fusaro is awarded 10th Dan posthumously by the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation (WTKF). Click here to read more.

      New – Sept 7, 2019 celebration of life memorial service – work has started on the celebration planning. The celebration is on his birthday.

      New – 19 Questions with Sensei Fusaro in 2016 – click here

      New – A GoFundMe has been set up on behalf of Gloria FusaroClick here to donate towards the memorial fundraiser.  Update: we reached our GoFundMe goal of $10,000.  Let’s see if we can go way beyond our goal by 50% more.

      We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Sensei Robert L. Fusaro 9th Dan  on Saturday, June 29, 2019. He will be truly missed by all of us.  He has trained thousands of students in the art of Shotokan karate in the Midwest, across the US and worldwide. He developed and trained hundreds of black belts over his lifetime. Many of them becoming national and international competitors and champions, and/or competition judges; sensei of their own club; officers of the Traditional Karate North Central Region organization; and/or senior members of their club that helped elevate other students to become black belts as well.

      Read a brief history about Sensei Fusaro written in 1997. Click here

      See a video interview with Sensei Fusaro that was aired on January 2018 which may be one of Sensei’s last interviews. Click here

      As more detail become available regarding his memorial service date/time, etc., we will email you a NCR newsletter update with the detail.

      2) 2019 AAKF Nationals – July 16-21- UPDATE 

      Good luck to the Traditional Karate North Central Region (NCR) athletes representing our region –

      Al Kotula, Dennis Olson, Kara Winter, and Clara Winter (youth)

      The following are the NCR judges that will be at the 2019 Nationals:

       Trung Le, Laurie Elliott, Michael Ching, and Mark Abeln.

      We will post photos and videos of the 2019 AAKF Nationals on the NCR Facebook website next month.

      The 2019 AAKF National Championship is scheduled for July 16-20 in Monterey Park, CA. The Nationals and International camp will be both be held at the George Elder Gym 1950 Wilcox Ave Monterey Park.

      Hotel accommodations will be at the  Hilton DoubleTree LA-Rosemead, CA. The hotel is 3 miles away from the George Elder gym – 1950 Wilcox Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755

      Click here for more information posted on the AAKF Facebook site.

      3) Northfield club – Guest instructor from Italy

      Sensei Diego Mainardi from Italy is a friend of Tom Meagher, sensei at the Northfield dojo. Diego was in Owatonna, MN in June to work with companies in Owatonna. Diego recently earned his Yondan under Sensei Shirai and he has a small club in Parma Ital. Read more.

      Diego taught an interesting bunkai from Shirai Sensei. Shirai Sensei is 83 and still teaches. Bunkai is for kata understanding first and self defense of less importance.

      Northfield club and Diego Sensei

      4) XIX Pan American Championship Karate-Do – Oct 21-26 – Mexico City

      If you are selected by the AAKF organization to represent the US at this year’s 2019 Pan American championship, the following links will help you prepare for the 2019 Pan-Am championship:

      Click here for the Poster

      Click here for the General Information (dates, times, location, hotel, events, tours, etc.)

      Click here for registration form and medical form

      5) Future dan examination dates

      The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei as dates/times may change at the last minute.

      2019 July LA, Calif.; part of the 2019 AAKF Nationals seminar camp; all dan ranks; conducted by AAKF technical committee

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

      Shodan-Sandan – NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

      AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

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

      6) Dan rank registration with AAKF and WTKF organizations

      Once you passed your dan examination, you must registered your dan rank with both the AAKF and WTKF organizations. Cost is $150.00 ($50-AAKF/$100-WTKF). Make check payable to AAKF.

      Click here for the AAKF Dan reg form. Click here for the WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

      Mail your check and forms to: MKA – St. Paul dojo, 7th St. E. St. Paul, MN 55106.

      2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

      Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

      • 2019 Fall seminar – Sept 21, Mpls dojo
      • 2019 TBD guest instructor seminar – Nov 2019 Mpls dojo
      • 2019 Pan-Amercan championship- Oct 21-26, 2019, Mexico City – click here for the poster and information
      • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Australia (tentative)

      For more information and links

      For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

      For the NCR Facebook website, click here.

      To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

      For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director

      2019 June NCR Newsletter



      Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

      1) WTKF New Website

      The WTKF organization has a new website. Click here to see the new look and feel.

      2) Witold (Witek) Kwiecinski – Memorial Day and Anniversary

      The Kwieninski family held a memorial day and anniversary on May 31 for their son Wikek. To see more about on the celebration of his life click here to see a 30 minute video.

      3) NCR athletes to the 2019 AAKF Nationals – Final call

      We still have available open spots in the adult black belt,  adult kyu, and youth divisions. If you wish to represent our region, we must know no later than end of day June 14, 2019Contact Art Wong at art.wong@comcast.net regarding your interest to make sure you get registered before the deadline.  Click here for the 2019 AAKF registration form.

      4) 2019 AAKF National Championships – July 16-20, Monterey Park, CA

      The 2019 AAKF National Championship is scheduled for July 16-20 in Monterey Park, CA. The Nationals and International camp will be both be held at the George Elder Gym 1950 Wilcox Ave Monterey Park.

      Hotel accommodations will be at the  Hilton DoubleTree LA-Rosemead, CA. The hotel is 3 miles away from the George Elder gym – 1950 Wilcox Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755

      Click here for more information posted on the AAKF Facebook site.

      4) Future dan examination dates

      The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei as dates/times may change at the last minute.

      • 2019 July LA, Calif.; part of the 2019 AAKF Nationals seminar camp; all dan ranks; conducted by AAKF technical committee

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

      Shodan-Sandan – NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

      AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

      For our region, the dan test cost is $100 x 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 registered your dan rank with both the AAKF and WTKF organizations. Cost is $150.00 ($50-AAKF/$100-WTKF). Make check payable to AAKF.

      Click here AAKF Dan reg form to fill out. Click here for the WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

      Mail your check and forms to: MKA – St. Paul dojo, 7th St. E. St. Paul, MN 55106.

      2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

      Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

      • 2019 AAKF Nationals – July 16-20 – LA, California, includes dan exams. Held at the George Elder gym. Click here for flyer.
      • 2019 Fall seminar – Sept 21, Mpls dojo
      • 2019 Guest instructor seminar – Nov 2019 Mpls dojo
      • 2019 Pan-Am tournament – Oct 21-26, 2019, Mexico City – click here for flyer
      • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Australia (tentative)

      For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

      To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

      For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director

      2019 May NCR Newsletter



      Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

      0)  2019 U of M Spring class – NEW

      Congratulations to Sensei Trung Le’s 2019 U of M class in participating and passing their exams. Have a great summer and hope to see you next fall.

      1)  AAKF Spring Seminar – April 26-27 Mpls dojo – RECAP

      The 2019 AAKF spring seminar had a good turnout of karatekas. The classes were taught by the AAKF technical committee members: Senseis Tabassi, Tong, Kegeyama and Cheah. The drills helped reinforce the excellent instructions given by the Senseis.

      Click on the Facebook photos and videos links for the 2019 AAKF spring seminar.

      Congratulations to the following students who passed their dan examination at the AAKF spring seminar:

      ShodanMegan McMann and Trevor Killeen

      Nidan – Mark Abeln

      Sandan – Peter Stalland

      2) NCR Regional eliminations for 2019 AAKF Nationals –  Results

      The following athletes will be representing the north central region at the 2019 Nationals in LA, Calif.:

      • Al Kotula, Tom Hauwiller, Jeffrey Davila, Dennis Olson, Kara Winter, Kaitlyn Aman Ramm, and Clara Winter (youth)

      The following are the north central region’s judges that will be at the 2019 Nationals:

      • Art Wong, Trung Le, Laurie Elliott, Michael Ching

      We still have available open spots in the adult black belt,  adult kyu, and youth divisions. If you wish to represent our region, we must know no later than end of day June 14, 2019Contact Art Wong at art.wong@comcast.net regarding your interest to make sure you get registered before the deadline June 4.  Click here for the 2019 AAKF registration form.

      3) 2019 AAKF National Championships – July 16-20, Monterey Park, CA

      The 2019 AAKF National Championship is scheduled for July 16-20 in Monterey Park, CA. The Nationals and International camp will be both be held at the George Elder Gym 1950 Wilcox Ave Monterey Park.

      Hotel accommodations will be at the  Hilton DoubleTree LA-Rosemead, CA. The hotel is 3 miles away from the George Elder gym – 1950 Wilcox Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755

      Click here for more information posted on the AAKF Facebook site.

      4) Future dan examination dates

      The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei as dates/times may change at the last minute.

      • 2019 July LA, Calif.; part of the 2019 AAKF Nationals seminar camp; all dan ranks; conducted by AAKF technical committee

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

      Shodan-Sandan – NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

      AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

      For our region, the dan test cost is $100 x 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 registered your dan rank with both the AAKF and WTKF organizations. Cost is $150.00 ($50-AAKF/$100-WTKF). Make check payable to AAKF.

      Click here AAKF Dan reg form to fill out. Click here for the WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM.

      Mail your check and form to MKA – St. Paul dojo, 7th St. E. St. Paul, MN 55106.

      2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

      Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

      • 2019 AAKF Nationals – July 16-20 – LA, California, includes dan exams. Held at the George Elder gym. Click here for flyer.
      • 2019 Fall seminar – Sept 21, Mpls dojo
      • 2019 Guest instructor seminar – Nov 2019 Mpls dojo
      • 2019 Pan-Am tournament – Oct 21-26, 2019, Mexico City – click here for flyer
      • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Australia (tentative)

      For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

      To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR archive website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

      For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director

      2019 April NCR Newsletter



      Traditional Karate North Central Region Newsletter 

      1) NCR March 16 kata seminar recap

      The NCR March 16, 2019 kata seminar was a success.  We had students from Mpls, St. Paul, Northfield, River Falls and, Madison, WI., who participated in this two hour kata seminar.  The students received fantastic feedback on their kata from numerous instructors from Mpls and St. Paul.  The seminar ended with a mock kata competition. The students received feedback from the judges and it gave them the feel of competition against fellow karatekas.

      Click here for the Facebook photos from the kata seminar

      2) REMINDERAAKF Spring Seminar – April 26-27 Mpls dojo

      • Click here to register online.
      • The AAKF spring seminar is only a few weeks away.  Mark your calendar to attend the annual AAKF spring seminar.
      • Dan examination (all ranks), examiner examination, etc. will be conducted Saturday afternoon by the AAKF technical committee.
      • The AAKF Technical Committee members, Senseis Tabassi, Tong, Cheah, Kageyama, will be conducting the seminar.
      • Schedule of events:
        • Friday, April 26 (Kata)               
          • 12PM – 3:30PM      Kata – concentration on judging aspects
          • 4:15PM – 8PM        How to improve your kata
        • Saturday, April 27 (Kumite)
          • 8:00 – 10AM           Kumite – concentration on judging aspects
          • 10AM – Noon          Kumite Timing Hand Techniques
          • 1:00 – 2:30PM        Kumite Timing Leg Techniques
          • 2:30-4:00PM          How to improve your kumite
          • 4:00-6:00PM          Dan Ranking & Technical Qualification Exams

      3) NCR Regional eliminations for 2019 AAKF Nationals – May 3 – St Paul Dojo 6:00pm

      NCR will be hosting the regional eliminations at the St. Paul dojo Friday May 3 6:00pm at 762 7th St East, St. Paul. The event will determine who will be selected to represent the North Central Region at the 2019 Nationals in LA, CA in July.  We will be filling out the Nationals’ registration packets regarding the events they qualify for, signing their waiver/release form, and medical history form.

      To qualify, you must be an adult black belt, and registered with BOTH the AAKF and WTKF organization.  We will be selecting athletes for men’s and women’s individual kata/kumite, team kata/kumite, enbu, kogo, and Fukugo.

      For youth division, no qualifications necessary other than your rank must be certified with the AAKF organization.  Contact Art Wong regarding your interest to make sure you get registered for the various youth events.

      4) Future dan examination dates

      The following are tentative dan examination dates/location. Check with your club’s sensei as dates/times may change at the last minute.

      2019 April 27  Mpls dojo; as part of the 2019 AAKF spring seminar; all dan ranks; conducted by AAKF technical committee

      2019 July LA, Calif.; part of the 2019 AAKF Nationals seminar camp; all dan ranks; conducted by AAKF technical committee

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

      Shodan-Sandan – NCR Testing guidelines handbook – click here for more information

      AAKF Technical Qualification Guide – Rank Promotion – requirements for all dan ranks – click here for more information

      Dan test cost is $100 x dan rank you are testing for, e.g., $100 x 2nd dan (nidan) test = $200

      Dan rank registration

      Once you passed your dan examination, you must registered your dan rank with the AAKF office. Cost is $50.00. Make check payable to AAKF. Click here AAKF Dan reg form to fill out. Mail your check and form to MKA – St. Paul dojo, 7th St. E. St. Paul, MN 55106.

      If you are thinking about competing at the AAKF Nationals, you must register your dan rank with WTKF organization as well. Click here for the WTKF-APPLICATION-FORM. The cost is an additional $100.00 and make the check payable to AAKF as well.

      5) 2019 AAKF National Championships – July 16-20, Monterey Park, CA

      The 2019 AAKF National Championship is scheduled for July 16-20 in Monterey Park, CA. The Nationals and International camp will be both be held at the George Elder Gym 1950 Wilcox Ave Monterey Park.

      Hotel accommodations will be at the  Hilton DoubleTree LA-Rosemead, CA. The hotel is 3 miles away from the George Elder gym – 1950 Wilcox Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755

      Click here for registration packet: PDF version or Word version.

      Contact Art Wong if you are considering participating at the Nationals in the adult or youth divisions, and/or attending the international camp. NCR may have some money to help with your registration fees, judging and/or camp participation.

      Click here for more information posted on the AAKF Facebook site.

      2019 NCR Upcoming Calendar of Events

      Go to the NCR website News and Events for more details as they become available

      • 2019 AAKF Spring seminar –   April 26-27  – Mpls dojo. Dan examination (all ranks), examiner examination, etc. will be conducted Saturday afternoon by the AAKF technical committee. Click here to register.
      • 2019 Regional Eliminations – May 3, 2019 – St. Paul dojo. 6:00pm Friday
      • 2019 AAKF Nationals – July 16-20 – LA, California, includes dan exams. Held at the George Elder gym. Click here for flyer.
      • 2019 Fall seminar – Sept 21, Mpls dojo
      • 2019 Pan-Am tournament – Oct 21-26, 2019, Mexico City – click here for flyer
      • FYI – 2020 WTKF World Championships – Fall 2020, Australia (tentative)

      For the latest NCR events and newsletter updates,  click here. For Mpls dojo events, click here. For St. Paul dojo events, click here.

      To subscribe to the NCR newsletter, go to the bottom of the NCR website and click Subscribe to our newsletter“.

      For past Traditional Karate North Central Region newsletters, click here.

      Art Wong – Traditional Karate North Central Region Director




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