American Tiger Karate Academy

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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, Okinawan Kobudo 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 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 $35 to $60 and are paid on the day of the evaluation.

The next scheduled Shotokan Karate 

Kyu Rank Evaluation (white through brown nikyu)

 will be held Saturday,

December 8, 2018

Children Beginners 1:30pm

Adult Beginners 2:00pm


If you can not make it on the day of the evaluation you may schedule a private evaluation or private group evaluation session.  Additional fees may apply.  

 The next SKIF Dan (Black Belt) Level Exam 

USA Summer of 2019

All Black Belts wishing to Confirm Rank with Kancho Kanazawa 

for SKIF International Certification must possess:

Current SKIF Membership Card (applications available through ATKA office)

An official SKIF completed and stamped and initialed  "passport rank logbook" (obtain through ATKA office) 

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

(available through ATKA office)