Mon, 02 Jan 2012 07:39:32

AOKA membership

The American Okinawan Karate Association

The American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA) is the first and the only Isshin Ryu organization recognized by our founder, Tatsuo Shimabuku. We are a professionally managed association of Traditional Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate practitioners, clubs and organizations from around the world.

Membership--and active participation--in the AOKA is open to everyone regardless of rank or organizational affiliation. We are dedicated to providing educational opportunities for our members, their schools and the instructors.


  • Instructor Certification: AOKA offers an Instructor Certification Program designed to educate karate instructors and aspiring instructors who demonstrate the knowledge and abilities necessary to teach traditional Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate and who meet specified proficiency standards. (coming soon))
  • Club Accreditation: AOKA offers an internationally recognized quality accreditation program for traditional Isshin Ryu Karate clubs. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards. (coming soon)
  • Rank Advancement: The AOKA offers rank (kyu/dan) advancement to members who currently do not have a teacher to promote them. High standards of skill, knowledge, proficiency and ethical conduct are required for AOKA internationally recognized credentials.
  • Events and Seminars: The AOKA organizes regular seminars and events throughout the United States and in other countries around the world. Members have the Opportunity to study and train with renowned martial arts experts representing several styles of martial arts.
  • Networking: Membership in the AOKA provides you access to a martial arts network of practitioners, instructors, authors, successful business (dojo) owners, and martial arts leaders from around the world willing to share their knowledge and perspectives with other members.
  • Forums and Chat Rooms: AOKA membership lets you connect instantly and discuss a wide range of topics with members across the country and globe through an online forum and chat rooms.
  • Online File Sharing: AOKA members receive access to information, in the form of audios, videos, and written material which is shared by members to members exclusively. This information is available on the AOKA Members Only area of our website.
  • Webcasts, Podcasts, Video and Photo Galleries: Exclusive Access to The AOKA Digital Library grants you free instant access to Webcasts, podcasts and our photo and video gallery.
  • Articles, Original Research, Whitepapers and more: The AOKA provides users with access to a huge number of primary and secondary research papers, articles, and whitepapers covering the origins, history, development and techniques of Isshin Ryu karate and other martial arts.
  • Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly Newsletter published for all AOKA members with features on current and upcoming events, competitions, organizational and school news, promotions and awards, techniques, and health & fitness.
  • AOKA Patch and Membership Card: AOKA Patch and Membership Card provided with each active annual membership for all AOKA members.

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