About the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF)
In the U.S., Traditional Karate organization began in 1961 with the All America Karate Federation (AAKF). The AAKF conducted annual regional and national championships as well as many developmental programs based on the high standards and goals of Traditional Karate.
Also, on the international scale, the AAKF hosted the U.S. – Japan Goodwill Match in 1965 which continued in 1968 with the invitation of athletes from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Pan American countries. World Invitational Tournaments were held in Los Angeles and Mexico City, the first world scale events in the history of Traditional Karate.
As a result of the U.S. Act of 1979, the AAKF, formerly the All America Karate Federation, was reorganized under the name of the American Amateur Karate Federation and received the status of national sports governing body for Traditional Karate.
The AAKF organizes Traditional Karate clubs and individual members nationwide resulting in state committees and regional committees which plan and conduct state and regional events.
Within the individual regions, the elected representatives serve on the Board of Directors which is the highest decision making body. The Board of Directors elect a President, Vice President, General Secretary and other officials of the region. By the end of 1990, club members number 352 and individual members number 38, 566.
The AAKF engages in the following activities:
1. Establish rules and regulations governing amateur karate competition, including judging, ranking and ranking examinations.
2. Recognize, approve and determine eligibility of amateur karate judges, contestants, ranking examiners and ranking, all under equal opportunity.
3. Sanction and host international, national, regional and district amateur karate competition.
4. Send officials and teams to international amateur karate events, such as the Olympics, as representatives of the U.S.
5. Research, collect and develop karate instructional material and other information pertaining to karate.
6. Sanction and host karate seminars.
7. Publish a newsletter or magazine related to the activities of the corporation and karate in general.
8. Engage in other activities as may be necessary to promote and advance karate in the United States through vigorous leadership and promotional activities.