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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 on 

Sunday, April 2nd 3:00pm Children & 4:30pm Teen /Adult

Eval - Make Up Date Monday April 3rd 6:30pm

If you can not make either of those dates you may schedule a private lesson time for your evaluation at $50 fee plus eval fee 

 The next Dan (Black Belt) Level Exam will be heldat ATKA in May 8, 2017  

Those wishing to take this exam should attend the black belt exam prep series:

April 10, 17 and 24  6:00pm - 7:30pm

All Black Belts wishing to Confirm Rank with Kancho Kanazawa 

for SKIF International Certification must 

complete SKIF membership registration in March (form avail through ATKA) 

and order a "passport log" from SKIFUSA, complete the log and present it to 

Sensei Pat Pusateri prior to June 2017 for authorization and then bring to

Kancho Kanazawa's confirmation exam Tuesday, June 13th at ATKA

for entrance into the evaluation.