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November 7th & 8th 2014 - BBA, BBP, Rank exams
2014 ASKF Quarterly Training will be held in Brookings, SD at the First Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall on November 7th & 8th. Training will consist of kumite concepts found in kata and fine points of movement presentation understanding important for rank examination competition, BBA, BBP, and Rank exams.

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The goal of this site is to provide members of the ASKF and those interested in Shotokan Karate with information about the ASKF and Karate in general.  This site has several main areas: Clubs contains homepages for the various local ASKF clubs with contact information, training schedules, and other items of interest.  Events is a listing of upcoming events and event information.  History has brief overviews of the origins of Shotokan Karate and a mini-biography of Shotokan's founder, Master Gichin Funakoshi.   Dojo has topics like karate terminology, kata descriptions, ASKF belt rankings, rank exam requirements,  customs and courtesy, and tournament scoring.  Links has links to other on-line sites of interest and suggested reading materials.  Members contains areas of interest to registered ASKF members.

About the ASKF

The American Shotokan Karate Federation is a non-profit association of clubs devoted to providing low-cost, high-quality instruction in traditional Okinawan karate of the Shotokan school.  The ASKF was founded in 1983 by Richard Gould sensei, with the goal of providing American practitioners of karate the opportunity to learn karate from world-class instructors in local clubs at the lowest possible tuition.  Since it's inception the ASKF has remained committed to the development of strength of all individuals in the organization through the highest level of karate instruction.

Richard Gould

Richard Gould sensei- National Director
Other founding members of the ASKF include Tom Langrehr, Jerry Larson, Stu Giere, Twyla Fritz, Ron Trimble, Doug Scheible, Doug Raitz, Al Morland, and Jeri Morland.

What is Shotokan Karate?

Shotokan karate is the system of Okinawan karate founded by Gichin Funakoshi. The name Shotokan translates to "Shoto's Place", and was the name of Master Funakoshi's first permanent dojo.  Shoto was the pen name used by Master Funakoshi in his writing.  The name was taken from the Japanese word shoto which means "pine-waves".  Master Funakoshi choose this for his pen name as it reminded him of the sound the wind made in the pines on Mount Torao, where he would go to meditate.  The word torao means "tiger's tail", and the mountain was called this because it resembled a tiger's tail from a distance.  The tiger symbol of the Shotokan school is reminiscent of this special place.

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