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Spring Shiai   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, April 1st, Noon-4PM

Where: Midwest Karate Association, 913 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): NCR instructors and black belts
Cost: $10 first event, $5 each additional event, $30 max. per family

A shiai is a fun way to compete, learn and test your skills with other karate practitioners from your school and beyond. This informal tournament will offer competition in kata (forms), kumite (sparring) and special demonstrations in enbu (choreographed fighting) and team/synchronized kata. Register in person at the shiai or in advance at www.ncr-aakf.org.




Saturday ADULT classes cancelled due to seminar.   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): n/a
Cost: n/a

Adult classes cancelled Saturday, please join us for the seminar!




Sensei Tabassi Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
March 17, 18 and 19, 2017

Where: Midwest Karate Association, 913 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Michael Tabassi, 7th Dan, Robert Fusaro, 9th Dan, Michael Fusaro, USA Team Coach and Soolmaz Abooali, US National and Int'l Champion
Cost: $120 at the door, $100 in advance, $80 for Saturday only or Friday and Sunday

Our featured spring seminar is a visit from Sensei Tabassi, longtime student of Sensei Nishiyama and head of the Mid-Atlantic region of the AAKF. He has trained national champions as well as international competitors and he's bringing his expertise and that of current US Champion Soolmaz Abooali to us. SCHEDULE: Friday the 17th, 6pm to 9pm. Saturday the 18th, 9am to 12 noon-1pm to 4pm- dan exam 4pm. Sunday the 19th, 8am to 10:30am.




Kyu exam (belt test)   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, February 25th, check in by 11:45, test at noon

Where: 913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro, 9th Dan
Cost: varies dependent on rank

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required.




Winter Shiai (Tournament)   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, January 21st

Where: Minneapolis dojo, 913 Plymouth Ave N
Instructor(s): NCR technical committee & Co.
Cost: $10 for 1 event, $5 each additional event, $30 maximum per family

Events:  Kata. Kumite. Team Kata & Enbu (demonstration and feedback only). The Shiai is open to all ranks and ages. It will follow WTKF/AAKF rules, but membership is NOT required. Register online at http://www.ncr-aakf.org/events.php (please copy and paste link)or register at the event.




New Year's Resolution class with Sensei Mike!   [ ARCHIVED ]
Sunday, January 1st, 10AM

Where: Minneapolis dojo, 913 Plymouth Ave N
Instructor(s): Sensei Michael Fusaro, 5th Dan
Cost: FREE for current MKA members. $20 drop in rate for nonmembers.

This class is how you start your New Year right. A lot of sweat and effort from you and great instruction from our very own Sensei Mike Fusaro. If you can make it out of bed in time (or maybe a little late), you should get here!




Holiday hours and closings   [ ARCHIVED ]
MKA will be closed December 23rd-26th, also December 30th and 31st

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): n/a
Cost: n/a

We hope you enjoy your holiday season! We are closed several days in December and there will be a special 10AM class on New Year's Day with Sensei Michael Fusaro. We are CLOSED Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th. We are also closed Friday and Saturday, December 30th and 31st.




Closed for Thanksgiving   [ ARCHIVED ]
Thursday, November 24th

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): n/a
Cost: n/a

We will be closed Thursday, November 24th in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.




Fall Seminar with Senseis Smaby and Marr   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 11th-13th

Where: MKA Minneapolis, 913 Plymouth Ave. N.
Instructor(s): Senseis Jerry Marr, Chris Smaby and Michael Fusaro, hosted by Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: $120 for the whole seminar, $100 for any other portion

Extra intensive training with 3 of our favorite instructors, Sensei Chris Smaby of Iowa, Sensei Jerry Marr of Canada, and our own Sensei Michael Fusaro. Register at the door or at the dojo. Open to all ranks. Schedule: Friday: 6:30-8:30pm Saturday: 9:00am-Noon, 1:30-3:30pm, Dan Exam 4:00pm Sunday: 8:00-10:00am Kids classes will go on as scheduled Saturday morning.




Kyu exam (belt test)   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, September 24th, 12 noon

Where: 913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): Robert Fusaro, 9th Dan
Cost: Variable depending on attempted rank. New belts are $10.

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required




NCR Karate Seminar Kumite & Kata   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • Noon to 2PM

Where: MKA MPLS Dojo 913 Plymouth Ave. N. Mpls., 55411
Instructor(s): Senior black belts from the NCR
Cost: $10- open to all ranks and ages

If you are planning on testing for your next rank and/or competing in an upcoming tournament, this seminar will give you feedback to help strengthen your knowledge of karate and sharpen your techniques. There will be two groups, Kumite and Kata, rotated midway through the 2 hour event. Group I: Kumite drills covering target scoring, timing, distance, structure, power, pressure and other strategies in developing a strong Kumite foundation. These fundamentals are baselines that need to be honed first which helps you in developing your sparring strategy. Lower belts will receive similar instruction with modified intensity to help you advance your skills. Group II: Kata- Students will do a group kata and then key instructors will review kata examples and generate key instructional points tied to Form, Transition, Power, and Body Dynamics.




Closed for Labor Day   [ ARCHIVED ]
Monday, September 5th

Where: MKA
Instructor(s): n/a
Cost: n/a

Midwest Karate in Minneapolis will be closed in Observance of Labor Day.




Summer Camp for Kids, ages 6-12   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 22nd-26th, 8:30AM-5PM

Where: The NEW DOJO!! 913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): Sensei Gina Wood, daily guest instructors
Cost: $195, $155 before June 1st

Our annual Karate Summer Camp for kids will be in a different location this year, but we'll have just as much fun and education crammed into our week. No karate experience is required. Traditional karate techniques including kata (forms) and kumite (structured sparring) will be taught as well as some kid specific self defense. We'll also be creating our own choreographed "fight" and practicing safely rolling on the ground. We are unable to offer lunch this year so students will be required to bring a bag lunch, but healthy snacks, water and fresh fruit will be provided. There are still a couple of spots available, register without delay! Call Gina at 651-592-0236 to confirm the availability of your spot before you mail your registration form and fee. IMPORTANT: Mail forms to 913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis,MN 55411




Kyu exam   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, July 30th, 11:45AM

Where: Our NEW location at 913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Dependent on desired rank

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required




All classes on our regular schedule at the NEW dojo!   [ ARCHIVED ]
Starting Wednesday, July 13th, 5:30PM

Where: 913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro and crew
Cost: Monthly dues

Midwest Karate Minneapolis is back on track and full speed ahead! Please feel free to join us at our regularly scheduled class times. New students, as always, are welcome to attend a trial class for free to see what we're all about.




Help put the floors and dojo together!!   [ ARCHIVED ]
Monday, July 11th and Tuesday, July 12th

Where: 913 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Mike
Cost: a little sweat

Hey karateka and friends! If you're available Monday and Tuesday to help put the new dojo floors together, we NEED YOUR HELP! We can get it done really quickly if we have some hands on deck. Choose best time to pop by either day (or both!) anytime after 10AM. Wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes and work gloves. If you have an electric driver/drill, feel free to bring it! We'll keep you fed and hydrated. The more the merrier! That's the 11th and 12th of July, Classes begin Wednesday the 13th




NO CLASSES July 4th-8th Classes at the OLD location Saturday and Monday   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, July 9th and Monday, July 11th

Where: 1010 E. Lyndale Ave N. (The OLD location)
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro, Sensei Gina (kids) and crew
Cost: n/a

While construction takes place at the new dojo location, 913 Plymouth Ave N., we get to hold classes on Saturday and Monday at our current location, 1010 E. Lyndale Ave N. Join us for 2 days of a final, fun farewell and then train again at the new location on Tuesday!




Help move the floor!!   [ ARCHIVED ]
Wednesday, July 6th, 4PM-?

Where: 1010 E. Lyndale Ave N (the old location)
Cost: n/a

Come join the Fusaros and crew to help move the floor bases over to our new location! We will have a box truck to load and unload, plenty of cold beverages, and you will get in a bona fide workout!




HELP take apart dojo floors!   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3

Where: 1010 E. Lyndale Ave N.
Cost: N/a

Bring your crowbars, electric drills and muscles! We're taking the floor apart to move it. Saturday we're here until at least 6PM. Sunday, from 10-5PM. Sensei plans to provide pizza and beer. :)




LAST CLASSES at our current location   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, July 2nd, 9-12noon regular class schedule

Where: 1010 East Lyndale Avenue N
Instructor(s): Sensei Charlie and Sensei Fusaro, adults, Sensei Gina, kids
Cost: n/a

Our last class at the soon to be bus garage site. Luckily, we're not going very far away. Join us Saturday morning to train and help to take the place apart after class!




All Classes Cancelled on Friday and Saturday   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Instructor(s): n/a
Cost: n/a

Midwest Karate is proud to be a part of hosting the National Championships in AAKF Shotokan Karate. We will be closed Friday and Saturday June 24th and 25th and we will have a limited class schedule June 21-23. All children's classes will happen as scheduled except for Saturday, June 25th when the dojo is CLOSED. NO DAYTiME CLASSES ALL WEEK.




National Championships FREE to observe   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, June 24th, 8AM-5PM Black belt semi finals Saturday, June 25th 2PM-6PM Black belt finals

Where: Bloomington Kennedy High School 9701 Nicollet Ave S., Bloomington, MN 554020
Instructor(s): Senseis from dojos around the country
Cost: FREE to observe

A traditional Japanese karate tournament, with multiple events and world class competitors. Saturday morning at 8AM there is a tournament for youth and adults who have not yet achieved black belt. It's a great weekend to immerse yourself in karate! Or just come for the black belt finals on Saturday at 2PM.




National Karate Championships in Minnesota!   [ ARCHIVED ]
June 21st-25th

Where: Bloomington Kennedy High School, Bloomington, MN
Instructor(s): AAKF and WTKF instructors
Cost: Depends on the event, go to http://ncr-aakf.org/events.php

June 21-23 International Camp with Technical & Judges Seminars and Examinations. June 24-25 Youth & Adult National Championships. Go to http://ncr-aakf.org/events.php




Wednesday night one class only   [ ARCHIVED ]
Wednesday, June 22nd

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Gina Wood
Cost: n/a

Due to events around the AAKF National Championships, there will only be one class this evening, a mixed class of all ranks and ages from 5:30-7PM.




Closed for Memorial Day   [ ARCHIVED ]
Monday, May 30th

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Cost: n/a

Midwest Karate Minneapolis will be closed in honor of the Memorial Day holiday on MONDAY only.




Kyu exam/belt test   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, May 28th

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Dependent on rank, see attached fee schedule

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required.




Knife Self Defense Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, April 9th, Noon-4PM

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Chris Smaby
Cost: pre-registration: $50, day of: $60, non-AAKF members: $65

Sensei Chris Smaby has spent a storied career in law enforcement and karate developing true and realistic self defense for a multitude of scenarios. He's bringing one aspect of that expertise here to Minneapolis in November. Wear regular clothing. Rubber knives will be chalked to dramatize the dangers of a knife attack. Open to everyone - karateka and non-martial artists alike. Bring your friends! Sponsored non-members can preregister at the $50 level. Pre-registration by mail or in person only at this time.




Kyu exam/ belt test   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, April 2nd, 12 noon

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Variable depending on rank- see fee document below

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required.




NCR Brown/Black Belt Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, March 12th, noon (registration at 11:30)

Where: MKA Minneapolis 1010 E. Lyndale Ave N.
Instructor(s): Judging/organization by NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $10 first event, $5 each additional event

A shiai for brown and black belts of all ranks and ages. Events will be Kata, Kumite, and Fukugo. WTKF rules will apply. This event is open to AAKF members only. Preregistration is not required. The children's and adult's divisions will be separate if possible. Categories will be combined if participation is small in that group.




Kyu exam/ belt test   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, January 30th, 12 noon

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Variable depending on rank- see fee document below

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required.




NCR "Spring" shiai/tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, January 23rd 12:30PM

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $10 for one event, $5 each additional event

Check in 11:30am; Start time: 12:30 pm Tournament rules will be the same as the AAKF National tournament that will be held on June 25th. Compete in kata, kumite, synchronized/ team kata, and enbu. This event is open to AAKF members only. The divisions will be separate, children from adults. We will combine categories if participation is small in that group. For more info and preregistration, please visit http://www.ncr-aakf.org/events.php.




New Years Day Training   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, January 1st, 10AM

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Michael Fusaro
Cost: Free to MKA students, drop-in rate $20

Ready to start the New Year off right? Sensei Mike is teaching a special New Years Day class to get the cookies off of your hips and the sluggishness out of your bloodstream. Come down and sweat with us! Normally scheduled Friday classes will not be held, but will resume next week.




Dojo closed on NYE   [ ARCHIVED ]
Thursday, December 31st

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Cost: N/a

Happy New Year! The Minneapolis dojo will be closed on NYE in order to ring in the new year. Join us on New Year's Day for a special 10AM class with Sensei Mike!




Dojo closed   [ ARCHIVED ]
December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Cost: N/A

We will be closed for training on Thursday and Friday, December 24th and 25th, in honor of the winter holidays and New Years Eve and Day. All regularly scheduled classes will be held on Saturday the 26th and Saturday the 2nd.




Kyu exam/belt test   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, November 28th, 11:45am

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Dependent on rank/ belt level

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required.




Black Friday Training with Mike Fusaro   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, November 27th, 10AM

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Michael Fusaro
Cost: Free to affiliated karateka, call 612-870-1795 for walk-up training rates

Another morning of no regrets after stuffing your face on Turkey day. A little light karate training with Mike Fusaro and all of the calories melt away... With almost no effort on your end.




We will be closed Thursday Happy Thanksgiving!!   [ ARCHIVED ]
Thursday, November 26th

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis
Cost: N/a

We will be closed on Thursday in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you can spend time with people you care about and eat some great food. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to you!! We are grateful for you and the time and energy you devote to your training. Thanks and see you soon.




Knife Seminar CANCELLED due to blizzard in Iowa   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, November 21st, noon-3PM

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Cost: n/a

Sadly, Sensei Smaby had to cancel his knife self-defense seminar due to some nasty weather on the road to Minneapolis. The seminar WILL be rescheduled, we will have that information available soon.




Kyu Exam   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, October 10th, 11:45AM

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Varies depending on rank.

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required.




NCR Enbu Seminar & Dan Test   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, October 3rd, noon-2PM, Dan exam to follow

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Rob Solonynka, NCR Technical Committee
Cost: $20 ($25 at the door)

Learn how to change your karate techniques to a 60 second version of a Hollywood fight scene. Yes, you make up the array of techniques with your partner. This helps you become innovative and think on your feet. Your demonstration can be honed for competition or just for fun. Sensei Solonynka has performed Enbu in National and International tournaments. For more details and online registration go to http://www.ncr-aakf.org/events.php




NCR Fall Kata Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, September 19th, noon-2PM

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): NCR technical committee
Cost: $20 ($25 at the door)

Lower Belts (Heian kata, Tekki Shodan) Advanced (Bassai-dai, Kanku-dai) Each group will separate into smaller groups so students will get more detail and instruction on the katas most important to them. Lower belts may move into the Intermediate group. To register online, go to http://www.ncr-aakf.org/events.php




Dojo closed for Labor Day   [ ARCHIVED ]
Monday, September 7th

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Cost: Go swimming or to the fair or something!

Midwest Karate Association will be closed Monday, September 7th in honor of the labor day holiday. Have a great weekend!




Summer Camp for Kids is FULL   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 17th- August 21st, Monday through Friday 8AM-5PM.

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Gina Wood, Yukino Nakamura
Cost: 2015 Karate Summer Camp is full.

Our children's Summer Camp is an all day camp focused on good karate techniques, kid friendly self-defense, and having fun! Each day we'll practice karate as well as play games, do crafts, and watch a movie with lunch. Lunch and snacks will be provided. CAMP REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2015. Come back next year, or better yet, visit our school and sign up for classes anytime!




2015 Summer Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]
July 31-August 2, 2015

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Senseis Chris Smaby, Jerry Marr, and Robert Fusaro
Cost: Full seminar $150; single session $80

This annual summer camp showcases the special talents of each of the three Senseis, and it's a fun and challenging way to get a major karate boost. Sensei Smaby will spend time on applications of the Heian katas. A Dan exam will take place after the Saturday afternoon session. Sessions: Friday 2-4pm/Sensei Smaby . Friday 6:30-8:30pm/Senseis Fusaro and Marr . Saturday 9-12noon/all Senseis . Saturday 3-5pm/Senseis Marr and Smaby . Sunday 8-11am/Senseis Smaby and Marr




Dojo CLOSED   [ ARCHIVED ]
The 4th of July (Saturday)

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): none
Cost: none

The dojo will be closed this Saturday in observance of Independence Day. Have a happy and a safe 4th of July!




AAKF National Championships & International Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]
June 23rd-27th

Where: Herndon, Virginia
Cost: Costs will be posted on the AAKF website in the near future.

The 54th annual AAKF Championships will be hosted by the mid-atlantic region this year. There will be an international seminar in conjunction with the tournament and special tournaments for kids and non-black belt adults as well. More details to come soon on the AAKF website.




Kyu exam   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, May 30th, 11:45AM

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Cost: Dependent on rank

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership required.




Friday Night Kumite Class   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, May 29th, 5:30-7pm

Where: Minneapolis dojo, 1010 E. Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Free to MKA students, $20 to karateka visiting from other dojos.

Need sparring practice? Sensei Fusaro continues his Friday night kumite series with another 90 minute class for purple, brown and black belts.




Friday Night Kumite Class   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, May 22nd, 5:30-7pm

Where: Minneapolis dojo, 1010E. Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Free to MKA students, $20 to karateka from other dojos.

Need sparring practice? Sensei Fusaro continues his Friday night kumite series with another 90 minute class for purple, brown and black belts.




NCR Spring Seminar with Guest Instructor Yutaka Katsumata, 8th Dan   [ ARCHIVED ]
May 15th-17th, 2015

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Robert Fusaro, 9th Dan Yutaka Katsumata, 8th Dan
Cost: Full Seminar- $130 ($150 after May 1st) Single Class- $65 ($75 after May 1st)

Yutaka Katsumata Sensei, 8th Dan, has taught traditional karate in Quebec, Canada for over 25 years. He is the head of the Shotokan Karate Association of Quebec, which includes 49 dojos and over 3500 members. Katsumata Sensei is Chief Technical Adviser for JKA International of Canada (JKA Canada). Sensei is a great technician and excellent teacher, loved by his students for his rigor, humility and generosity. Register online at www.ncr-aakf.org, or make checks payable to NCR.




Friday Night Kumite Class   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, May 8th, 5:30-7pm

Where: Minneapolis dojo, 1010 E. Lyndale Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Free to MKA students, $20 for karateka visiting from other dojos.

Need sparring practice? Sensei Fusaro continues his Friday night kumite series with another 90 minute class for purple, brown and black belts.




St Paul Kids' Shiai   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Check in at noon, Tournament begins at 1PM

Where: Midwest Karate Association, St. Paul 762 Seventh St E, St Paul, MN 55106
Cost: $20 per child for one, two or all events.

St. Paul's annual spring children's shiai is coming up soon! Kids compete in Kata, Kumite, and Team/synchronized Kata. Pre-registration is required. More details and registration forms can be found here: http://www.ncr-aakf.org/events.php




Kyu exam   [ ARCHIVED ]
March 28th, 11:45AM

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Cost: Test fees are dependent on rank.

A ranking exam for students attempting to advance to their next kyu (belt) level. AAKF membership is required.




Friday night Kumite class   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, March 20th

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro
Cost: Free

Need sparring practice? Sensei Fusaro continues his Friday night kumite series with another 90 minute class for purple, brown and black belts.




Friday Night Kumite Class   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, March 6th, 5:30-7PM

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro
Cost: Free

Need sparring practice? Sensei Fusaro continues his Friday night kumite series with another 90 minute class for purple, brown and black belts.




U of M Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, February 28th, 11AM

Where: University Rec Center-North Gym 1900 University Ave SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455 Park at the Washington Street Ramp
Cost: One Event: $25.00 1 Event: $25 | 2 Events: $30 | 3 or More: $35 Judging Seminar (for non-competitors): $10 $5 discount for pre-registration if emailed by Feb 20 to karate@umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota Shotokan Karate Club is hosting its 29th Annual Traditional Karate Tournament. All clubs from the Midwest region are invited! Events will include individual kata, individual kumite and team kata, with several divisions for different ranks, including Men and Women's divisions. This event is a great opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow karate clubs, and we look forward to seeing everyone! Finally, we meet after the tournament for dinner every year, at one of the many restaurants around the U of M campus. There will be a Judging Seminar and Athlete Training to review the tournament rules – hosted by the NCR Technical Committee. Everyone is welcome to attend.




Friday Night Kumite Class   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, February 20th, 5:30-7PM

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Robert Fusaro
Cost: Free

Need sparring practice? Sensei Fusaro continues his Friday night kumite series with another 90 minute class for purple, brown and black belts.




Special Kumite class   [ ARCHIVED ]
TONIGHT!! Friday, February 6th, 5:30-7PM

Where: Midwest Karate Association, Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro
Cost: FREE

A special 90 minute kumite class for purple through black belts.




Kyu Exam • January   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, Jan. 31st at 11:45 am

Where: MKA Mpls
Cost: Based on kyu level

Kyu exam




News Years Holiday   [ ARCHIVED ]
Dojo Closed Dec 31st and Jan 1st

Where: Minneapolis
Cost: 0

Dojo closed for News Eve and New Years Day - except for Michael's special class on New Years Eve morning.




Jeff Harrison Fund   [ ARCHIVED ]
click for info

Where: Marschall's 529 Education Plan
Cost: Your choice

If you would like to help Jeff Harrison's son Marschall, please consider donating to the 529 Education Plan we set up in Jeff's memory. Click the red link below and PRINT the form. Be sure to make CHECKS PAYABLE to TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, include "Marschall Harrison" in the memo field, and enclose your completed form. Mail to the TD Ameritrade address on the form. THANK YOU!




Michael's New Years Eve Day Class   [ ARCHIVED ]
Dec 31st 9:00 am

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): Michael Fusaro
Cost: 0

Join Michael for his special class.




Christmas Holiday   [ ARCHIVED ]
Dojo Closed Dec 24th & 25th

Where: Minneapolis
Cost: 0

Dojo closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day




Thanksgiving Day   [ ARCHIVED ]
No classes Thanksgiving Day

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Dojo closed Thursday.
Cost: 0

Dojo closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday November 27th.




Thanksgiving Morning Class with Michael Fusaro   [ ARCHIVED ]
November 27, 2014, 9-10AM

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Michael Fusaro
Cost: $5 suggested donation

This class will be a special pre Turkey workout. All other classes are cancelled, Thursday only.




Kyu Exam • November   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11:45 am

Where: MKA Mpls
Cost: Based on Kyu level

Kyu Exam




AAKF Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Sept 26-28, 2014

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Cost: varies

Children's classes will be held as scheduled. Regularly scheduled adult classes are canceled for the seminar. For more information about the AAKF seminar see the NCR website http://www.ncr-aakf.org/events.php/




Summer Camp for Kids   [ ARCHIVED ]
Aug 18-22, 2014 Monday-Friday

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Sensei Gina
Cost: $145-$190, depending on registration date

Midwest Karate Summer Camp for kids is a great end-of-summer activity for your child. Our program focuses on karate learning activities that are fun. The camp is a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop his or her karate skills while having a guaranteed fun time. This is an all day camp, 8:30 am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday the week of August 18th through 22nd.




38th Annual City Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]
Aug 1-3, 2014 - Regularly Scheduled Saturday Adult Classes Are Canceled

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Marr, Smaby, Fusaro Sensei
Cost: $150 / $130 early bird

Regularly scheduled Adult classes are canceled on Saturday, Aug 2nd. Join us for our 38th Annual City Summer Camp for adults and teens. Begins Friday 1PM and runs through Sunday morning. Two session on Friday (afternoon and evening), two on Saturday (morning and afternoon), and one session Sunday morning. Please click on the Poster and Registration form below for more information.




No 7:30am class this week   [ ARCHIVED ]
Mon. July 14th & Thurs. 17th

Where: MKA Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Amy Sperling
Cost: 0

There will be no 7:30 AM class this week on Monday and Thursday.




AAKF National Tournament and Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Jun 25-28, 2014

Where: Dallas, TX
Instructor(s): see website link below
Cost: see website link below

International Camp June 24-26; AAKF Championships June 27-28; See website for details http://www.2014aakfnationals.com/




Memorial Day   [ ARCHIVED ]
Dojo CLOSED Monday, May 26

Where: MKA Mpls
Cost: -

Dojo Closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. Regular class schedule on Saturday, May 24.




AAKF National Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Apr 25-27, 2014

Where: Patten Gymnasium, 2407 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201
Instructor(s): Senseis R. Fusaro, M. Tabassi, A. Rokah, A. Tong , R. Kageyama, and others
Cost: $120 for full seminar or $40 per session

Fundamentals of Traditional Karate with Applications to Kata and Kumite. Friday, April 25: 6 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, April 26: morning session 9 am to 12:30 pm; Saturday, April 26: afternoon session, 1:30 pm to 5 pm; Sunday, April 27: 8 am – 10 am; Dan ranking and other technical qualification exams (Judges, Ranking Examiner, and Coaches) will be conducted from 5:00 to 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 26.




NCR Spring Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
April 11-13, 2014

Where: Minneapolis Dojo 1010 East Lyndale Ave N
Instructor(s): Sensei Alex Tong
Cost: $120 in advance, $150 at the door

Regularly scheduled Saturday adult classes are canceled. Guest instructor Sensei Alex Tong, 6th Dan, joins Sensei Fusaro for the Spring Seminar presented by the North Central Region of AAKF. The seminar includes four sessions over three days of advanced training. There will be additional sessions geared toward lower belts on Saturday led by NCR instructors. Find the detailed schedule on the seminar Poster. All belt levels are welcome at all sessions; you may attend whichever sessions suit your comfort and confidence level. There will be a Dan exam after 5pm on Saturday. If you have any questions, please call 651-771-7901 or email Joel Ertl at office@karatevid.com. Register early and save. We hope to see you there!




U of MN Karate Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Where: University Rec Center North Gym, 1900 University Ave SE,
park at Washington St Ramp
Instructor(s): See club website for details http://www.tc.umn.edu/~karate/
Cost: Tournament fees

Click the Tournament Poster link below for more information about the 28th Annual Traditional Karate Tournament of the University of Minnesota Shotokan Karate Club at U of M Shotokan Karate Club.




New Year Shiai 2014   [ ARCHIVED ]
Sat. Jan. 11th 2014, noon to 4pm

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro
Cost: $5 per event per person

Our 2nd Annual New Year's Shiai. This year the tournament is open to all ranks. Youth and Adult divisions including Kata, Team Kata, Kumite, and Enbu. Register in person at the Shiai. Competitors under 18 must have parent/guardian present at registration. Registration opens at 11 am.




Scheduled Classes Canceled   [ ARCHIVED ]
Dec 24 & 25, Dec 31 & Jan 1

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Cost: 0

Regular classes are canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24th & 25th AND Dec. 31st & Jan. 1.




Thanksgiving Week Schedule   [ ARCHIVED ]
Regular classes canceled Thurs & Fri.

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Cost: 0

Regular classes are canceled on Thursday and Friday. Regular class schedule resumes on Saturday, Nov. 30.




Thanksgiving Special   [ ARCHIVED ]
Thanksgiving Nov. 28, 8:30 am

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): Michael Fusaro
Cost: 0

Burn a few calories before your Thanksgiving feast. Join Michael for his Thanksgiving special class.




November Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Nov 8-9, Regularly scheduled adult classes canceled on Sat. Nov. 9

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Instructor(s): Senseis Jerry Marr, Chris Smaby, & Robert Fusaro
Cost: $99

This seminar is for all ranks. Family rates available - see Registration Form. Regularly scheduled adult classes are canceled on Saturday, Nov. 9th. Children's classes on Saturday will be held as scheduled.




NCR Kata Seminar - advanced   [ ARCHIVED ]
Sat. Oct. 26, 11am - 12:30 pm

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee members
Cost: $20

This seminar is geared towards advanced belts. The seminar will be broken into four separate groups: Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Jion and Empi. Sensei Fusaro will facilitate the instruction and oversee the seminar. This seminar is open to all ranks.




NCR Kata Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Sat. Oct. 12, 11am - 12:30 pm

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): NCR Technical Committee members
Cost: $20

This seminar is geared towards lower belts. It will be broken into five separate groups: Heian Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan and Tekki Shodan. Sensei Fusaro will facilitate the instruction and oversee the seminar. The instructors will include Joel Ertl, Al Kotula and other members of the NCR Technical Committee. This seminar is open to all ranks.




Cheah Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
Fri. Sept 27, 5-7pm; Sat. Sept 28, 10am-12pm & 2-5pm

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Albert Cheah
Cost: $99 individual, $129 family

Sensei Albert Cheah presents his seminar on Integral Training. He is the Chief Instructor of Orange County California JKA. His credentials include: AAKF Executive Director & Technical Committee Member, ITKF-certified International Judge, national Coach & National Examiner, 7-time U.S. National Champion and 10 time U.S. National Team member.

Download and fill out the Registration Form below
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LABOR DAY - CLOSED   [ ARCHIVED ]
Dojo Closed for Labor Day

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Cost:

The Dojo will be closed for Labor Day. No classes on Monday.




Summer Camp for Kids   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 19th - 23rd, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Gina
Cost: $190, $165, or $145 depending on registration date

Midwest Karate Summer Camp for kids is a great end-of-summer activity for your child. Our program focuses on karate learning activities that are fun. The camp is a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop his or her karate skills while having a guaranteed fun time. This is an all day camp, 8:30 am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday the week of August 19th through 23rd.




City Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 2nd - 4th, Friday - Sunday

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): Senseis Marr, Smaby, Ertl, M. Fusaro, and R. Fusaro
Cost: $150 to $50, depending on participation and early registration discount

Regularly scheduled adult classes are cancelled for Friday, Aug 2nd through Sunday, Aug 4th. Children's classes on Saturday will be held as scheduled.




Sensei's Party   [ ARCHIVED ]
August 3rd, Saturday, 6pm

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro
Cost: 0

We're honoring Sensei Fusaro's 80th year, his 55 years of teaching, and the award of his 9th dan this year. The party starts after the City Camp dan exam. If you would like to know how Midwest Karate students are being part of the party, watch the video on this page http://celebrate.midwestkarate.org




Dojo Closed   [ ARCHIVED ]
July 4th & 5th, Friday & Saturday

Where: Minneapolis dojo
Cost: 0

Closed for the 4th of July. See you on Saturday July 6th!




AAKF Nationals - good luck to MKA competitors!   [ ARCHIVED ]
June 19-22nd

Where: Chesterfield, MS
Cost: 0

This is the 52nd annual AAKF National competition. Adult and youth competitions.




Memorial Day - Dojo closed.   [ ARCHIVED ]
May 27, 2013

Where: Minneapolis Dojo
Cost: 0

Dojo is closed today for Memorial Day. Regularly scheduled classes resume tomorrow, Tuesday.




AAKF Spring Seminar   [ ARCHIVED ]
April 19 - 21, 2013

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis Dojo
Instructor(s): ALL regularly scheduled classes canceled for FRIDAY through SUNDAY! Senseis Fusaro, Tabassi, Tong, Kanani, Cheah and Kageyama
Cost: Registration postmarked before or on April 10: $120/whole seminar, $70/day, $40/session. Registration postmarked after April 10, or at the door: $150/whole seminar, $80/day, $50/session. Non-AAKF members will pay additional $30 to the fees listed above.

ALL regularly scheduled classes canceled for FRIDAY through SUNDAY for the Spring National Seminar! Please join us at Midwest Karate Minneapolis (1010 East Lyndale Ave N). Senseis Fusaro, Tabassi, Tong, Kanani, Cheah and Kageyama will be instructing on Kata and Kumite. This is a rare opportunity to learn from so many high ranking instructors! There will also be a set of lower belt sessions on Saturday; this will be focusing on the understanding of basics for green belts and below. Please be aware that all belt levels are welcome at all sessions; you may attend whichever sessions suit your comfort and confidence level. There will be a Dan exam after 5pm on Saturday the 20th. Seminar If you have any questions, please call 651-771-7901 or email Joel Ertl. We hope to see you there!




Kyu Exam • March   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, March 30 • 12 noon

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Cost: Based on Kyu level

Kyu exam




Kyu Test Prep - green & purple belts   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, March 22 • 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Michael Fusaro
Cost: Free to MKA members

Kyu test preparation class for green and purple belt tests. Will cover basics, kumite, and kata requirements.




Friday AM Class on hold   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday 6:30 AM class returns May 24th

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Mary Brandl
Cost: Free for MKA members

The early morning Friday class will return on May 24th.




Kyu Test Prep - orange & green belts   [ ARCHIVED ]
Friday, March 15 • 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Michael Fusaro
Cost: Free to MKA Members

Kyu test preparation class for orange and green belts. Will cover basics, kumite, and kata requirements for kyu test.




Boot Camp   [ ARCHIVED ]
Mon-Fri, March 11 thru April 18 • 7 to 8 AM

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis
Instructor(s): Michael Fusaro
Cost: $195 for MKA Members; $295 for non-members

5-week-long daily karate class led by Michael Fusaro. Begins March 11 and runs through April 18, Monday through Friday, 7—8 AM. To register send email to info@midwestkarate.org




U of M Karate Tournament   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Where: Bierman Athletic Facility
Cost: Tournament fees

Find more information about the 27th Annual Traditional Karate Tournament of the University of Minnesota Shotokan Karate Club at U of M Shotokan Karate Club




Kyu Exam • January   [ ARCHIVED ]
Saturday, January 26th • 12 noon

Where: Midwest Karate Minneapolis Dojo
Cost: A significant portion of the testing fees support the national (AAKF) and regional (NCR) organizations. Midwest Karate Minneapolis fees are based on the rank the student is testing for: 9th Kyu $30; 8th–7th Kyu $45; 6th–4th Kyu $50; 3rd–1st Kyu $60.

Kyu exams are held every other month, typically on the last Saturday of the month. To test for Kyu levels, students must be members of the AAKF.




Fall Seminar 2012   [ ARCHIVED ]
November 9-11th, 2012

Where: 1010 East Lyndale Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Instructor(s): Sensei Fusaro, 8th Dan Sensei Smaby, 7th Dan Sensei Marr, 7th Dan
Cost: $140 for entire seminar $70 for single session Pay by November 7th: entire seminar $125

The annual Fall seminar will feature a range of instruction from all three instructors. Sensei Smaby will focus on the application of joint manipulation directly taken from kata. Hosted by Midwest Karate Minneapolis and AAKF-NCR.