Monday, May 09, 2011

AAKF Distinguished Service Award

AAKF Members,

In March of 2011, AAKF Board of Directors enacted the Distinguished Service Award to be awarded to individuals, clubs or “ad hoc” groups who have graciously provided AAKF with specialized “service above self” contribution to our organization at local, regional or national level. The purpose is to recognize these efforts and express our appreciation and gratitude by honoring them with an AAKF Distinguished Service Award, to be presented during the banquet following the 50th AAKF national championships.

It is with great pleasure to announce this year’s recipients of the newly created AAKF Distinguished Service Award. Although this recognition comes posthumously, it is nevertheless a correct starting point to name our late Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama and Ms. Aiko Torii as our first inductees.

It was through their resolute dedication, spanning nearly five decades that established and sustained our great organization. They guided us through our most challenging times, and kept us steadfast to the way of Budo. Traditional Karate is alive and well because of their unselfish service.

Please join us to express our appreciation and gratitude by honoring Sensei Nishiyama and Ms. Aiko Torii during our banquet following the 50th AAKF National Traditional Karate Championships.

Sincerely,

Toru Shimoji