Meet a Club

Periodically we will feature New and Existing AAKF member clubs. So check back often and learn about different dojos around the nation!

Monday, January 07, 2013


Enso Shotokan Karate

Enso means "circle" in Japanese.  In Zen painting, it symbolizes a moment when the mind is free enough to simply let the body or spirit create.  For our Spotlight Club, the enso represents commitment to personal growth by providing quality programs that emphasize discipline, dedicated practice, and balance of body, mind and spirit.  Enso has two studios in the Chicago area, training six days a week under the instruction of Jay Nacu and Denise Conanan Nacu.  They offer youth, collegiate and adult programs.  

Visit their site for more info!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Missouri Karate Association

The final AAKF National Seminar for the year took place in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted by Barry, Brian and Darrell Power.  This threesome have two clubs - one in Chesterfield and one in New Town, Missouri.  They hosted a spirited seminar with all levals of participants.  Many of the U.S. team were present at the seminar preparing for the World Championship in Brazil, under Coach Toru Shimoji.  Barry, Brian and Darrell will be representing the U.S. in men's team kata.  Barry, 2010 men's kumite national champion, and Brian, 3rd place winner, will be competing in individual men's kumite as well.  The first scholarship from the Aiko Torii Instructional Fund was awarded to Sasa Panic, 2010 Fukugo champion, 2nd place national winner in individual kumite and individual kata.  Thank you Barry, Brian and Darrell for an excellent seminar!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Valley Traditional Karate

The Valley Traditional Karate is a brand new club.  It opened its doors in October 2009, in North Hollywood, California.  It was started by Taichiro Kaijima as chief instructor, with Jon Budd as its club president.  Mr. Kaijima was a student of the late Master Hidetaka Nishiyama and is a 3-time AAKF national champion.  This is the first group of students from this dojo to pass their 8th kyu examinations.  The examination was conducted by Ron Vance, also a student of the late Master Nishiyama.  We’re sure there will be many more students coming from this dojo in the future.  THE TRADITION CONTINUES…

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