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Competition Teams

International Sport Karate

Traditional Karate athletes who wish to compete in national and world level events begin in local tournaments, and progress to regional and national tournaments held by USA Karate and the AAU.

USA Karate

On April 14th, 1996, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors upon the recommendation submitted by the USOC Membership and Credentials Committee voted to sanction the newly formed USA National Karate-do Federation (USA-NKF) as a member. As the National Governing Body for the sport of Karate in the United States, the USA-NKF (USA Karate) responsibilities include representing the United States within the designated International Federation (I.F.) under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.).

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Full Contact Karate

Full Contact Karate, also known as Knockdown Karate, or Jissen Kumite is a tough martial arts sport brought to a high level of popularity in the 1960's by Matsutatsu Oyama and his Kyokushinkai organization in Japan. Oyama Sensei organized his First International Open Kyokushin Full-Contact Karate Tournament in Tokyo in 1969. The popularity of full contact karate grew from this event, attracting the toughest karate fighters from all over the world, and showing up in movies and literature on an international scale. The knockdown / full contact karate community has remained faithful through the years and is growning in populairty due to its reputation for tough, real karate.  Although not as well known as sport karate or other combat sports, top MMA fighters seek the knowledge and skills of knockdown/full contact karate to arm thier stand up game with the most effective strikes.

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