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Founded in 1979 by Master Hidetaka Nishiyama, the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) is the National Traditional Karate governing body in the United States.  It operates as a nationwide tax-exempt organization established under the U.S. Act of 1979 sanctioning sports governing bodies. The purpose of the AAKF is to benefit the physical and mental health of its members through the development of Traditional Karate.
AAKF continually develops the technical skill level of coaches, officials, and judges. It is also responsible for setting guidelines, and for sanctioning local, regional, and national Traditional Karate events. The AAKF is the sole U.S. representative to the World Traditional Karate-do Federation (WTKF) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  The AAKF is proud to send its U.S. Team annually to participate in international tournaments.


AAKF Announcements



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Check Out Our New Website!

  • Fresh New Look – Easy to read on any screen including mobile devices
  • NEW Seizan® AAKF Blog and archived Seizan® AAKF Newsletter
  • Updated Tournament and Event Listings
  • NEW Dojo-Finder feature – Easily locate AAKF clubs throughout the US
  • Updated online membership for Club & Regional Directors
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