Traditional Karate Competition
Martial arts have a long history of using Shi-ai (testing each other) as a guide for future development and not for the purpose of winning only.
The first edition of the Traditional Karate Competition Rules was published in 1995. Sensei Nishiyama wrote in the forward to the publication: "In order to retain the essence of a martial art, competitive rules must incorporate the technical prinicples and the philosophy of the discipline. Competitive rules must also ensure the safety of the athletes, reduce human error (on the part of the judges), and increase the public's awareness and appreciation of what Traditional Karate truly represents for both the individual and the community."
With these goals in mind, the AAKF organizes the Annual National Championship to foster the future deveolpment of Traditional Karate.
The 2019 58th Annual Traditional Karate Championship and International Camp will take place from July 16 to July 20 in Monterey Park, CA. More details will be available soon.
57th AAKF Nationals 2018
June 19-23, 2018 at Lexington, SC
56th AAKF Nationals 2017
June 20-24, 2017 at Madison, WI