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American Tiger Karate Academy is an official branch of SKIF-USA, 

a division of SKIF International, headquarters honbu dojo in Japan, teaching authentic Shotokan Karate in it's entirety. The SKIF curriculum is universal, in that it is one of the very few martial arts left in the world whose skill requirements for each level are virtually the same from school to school, state to state, country to country, as it has been passed down for generations. 

 This insures the authenticity of the art of karate, quality, proper training, accountability of the instructors as well as the value of the practitioner's skill. 

Learning Shotokan Karate, or any other authentic Martial Art is a journey that takes time, patience and effort of mind, body and spirit. It is an individual journey and is not intended to compete with others for levels of achievement, as each person learns and develops talents at his/her own unique pace. 

Evaluations for rank promotion are held 3 - 4 times throughout the year. 

Evaluation dates are posted on the information boards in the dojo 

as well as on the calendar section of this website. 

Kyu grade
rank exams evaluate and recognize the progress of students white belt through brown belts.  

Dan grade
rank exams are held yearly and evaluate and recognize the progress of students testing for their black belts.  

In the Japanese ranking system there are 10 kyu (color belt) levels and 10 dan (black belt) levels

Stripes on a belt represent honorable effort and acheivement

Fees for Kyu rank evaluations range from $45 to $65 and are paid on the day of the evaluation.


March 2020

If you can not make it on the day of the evaluation, that's okay - you may schedule a private kyu rank evaluation or private group evaluation session.  Additional fees may apply.  

Shotokan Karate 

Kyu Rank Evaluation Results From

DECEMBER 8th 2019

Alex Blackwell  - Yellow Belt 8th Kyu + 2 Stripes

Zerrah Chesnutt - Orange Belt 9th Kyu + 3 Stripes

Sophia Chi - Green Belt 6th Kyu

Damian Chi  -  Green Belt 6th Kyu + 1 Stripe

Timur Chinbayar  - Orange Belt 9th Kyu + 2 Stripes

Edjuan Garcias  - Yellow Belt 8th Kyu

Lana Horan -  Blue Belt 7th Kyu + 2 Stripes

Saul Isaac Rivera - Yellow Belt 8th Kyu

Josh Schwarz - Orange Belt 9th Kyu + 3 Stripes  

David Yde  -  Blue Belt 7th Kyu


 The next SKIF Dan (Black Belt) Level Exam 

with Cheif Examiner Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa 8th Dan

June 2020 Date and Time TBA

American Tiger Karate Academy

Preparation sessions for Black Belt Dan evaluation will be held here at ATKA 

780 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Dates and Time TBA

All Black Belts wishing to Test or Confirm Rank with Kancho N. Kanazawa 

for SKIF International Certification must possess:

Current SKIF Membership Card (applications available through ATKA office for $10)

An official SKIF completed and stamped and initialed  "passport rank logbook" 

(obtain through 

An SKIF Dan examination registration form completed in triplicate with passport photos 

(available through ATKA office)