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 principles 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 development of Traditional Karate.
The 2023 60th Annual Traditional Karate Championship and International Camp will take place from June 21 to June 24 in Herndon, VA. Please visit the event website for more details.
59th AAKF Nationals 2022
June 21-25, 2022 at Richardson, TX
58th AAKF Nationals 2019
July 16-20, 2019 at Monterey Park, CA
57th AAKF Nationals 2018
June 19-23, 2018 at Lexington, SC
56th AAKF Nationals 2017
June 20-24, 2017 at Madison, WI