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Why AAU Karate?

When are the NC AAU Karate competitions?

What about SC and other states?

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ATHLETES: The national AAU Karate program clearly recognizes the life-long benefits of karate; AAU Karate has the largest and best developmental program for new karate competitors and an elite program for seasoned athletes that includes national and international competition.  

  • Karate Competition: Individual and Team 
  • Ages: Single sex & single age bracket divisions for 5,6,7...17; age blocks 18-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 & over
  • Levels: Beginner (0-1 yrs training), Novice (1-2 yrs), Intermediate (2-4 yrs), Advanced (over 4 yrs),  
  • Divisions: Traditional Weapons, Kata/Forms, and Sparring
  • On Mar. 3, 2018 at the NC State Championship, we will also offer Pee Wee (ages 3-6), Special Needs Youth and Special Needs Adult Divisions.  All athletes in these divisions will receive medals.

COACHES & OFFICIALS: For ex-athletes and still competing adults, the coaches' program and officiating program are ways to continue growing in karate. AAU Karate is designed for traditional Japanese and Okinawan karate. 

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Overview of AAU Karate Video


If your AAU club would like to host a seminar, goodwill competition, or state championship, let the NCAAU Karate Director help you plan! You'll want to avoid busy weekends and national events, manage your event (venue, staffing, registration, rules), get an AAU license in order to have AAU event insurance, and reach out to traditional karate clubs in our state and surrounding states. We want to help you grow and succeed! Don't hesitate to call us 919-844-5555.

Dojo Owners and Instructors & Club Coaches and Administrators are invited to join the AAU Karate Group on or follow "AAU Karate Program" member profile.

Calendar of 2018 AAU Karate Events

3/3/2018 - North Carolina State Championship and National Qualifier, at Talbert Center in Mooresville, NC.  Results posted. 

4/14/2018 - Virginia AAU State Championship and National Qualifier, Richmond, VA  

4/21/2018 - South Carolina AAU State Championship and National Qualifier, Pearl Moore Basketball Ctr, 500 Barnes Street, Florence, SC. Results posted.

5/5/2018 - AAU Karate Southeast Regional Championship and National Qualifier, Brier Creek Community Center, Raleigh10810 Globe Rd, Morrisville/Raleigh, NC 27560

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          click -> Hotel near venue ($99) includes hot breakfast)

5/19/2018 - AAU Karate Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, Richmond, VA

June 26-30, 2018 - AAU Karate National Championships, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Stick around for Finals at 6 PM on Saturday, June 30. []

7/25 - 8/4/2018 - AAU Junior Olympic Games, Des Moines, Iowa  Karate competition is usually the second weekend (corrected: July 27-29, 2018). []

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AAU Karate North Carolina Clubs

The following dojos and gyms competed with NCAAU Karate in 2016 or 2017.  Contact one to get started with the NCAAU Karate League 2018.

Goldsboro Okinawan Karate, Goldsboro, NC

Triangle's Best Karate, Raleigh, NC 

Carolina Martial Arts Center, Durham, NC

Shisei Dojo, Apex, NC

Mo's Shotokan Karate, Cary, NC

Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai, King, NC 

Ormaza Family Karate, Dallas, NC

Sidekick Karate, Charlotte, NC

Carolina Isshinryu Academy, Waxhaw, NC

Newton's Shorin-Ryu Karate, Shelby, NC

Shelby Martial Arts, Shelby, NC

Lin Bu Kan Karate (Patsy Callahan), Hendersonville, NC

Agape-Do Karate, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Carolina Family Karate, Lugoff, SC

Eggleston Karate Studio, Richmond, VA

Ichiban Karate, Ashburn, VA

Mt. Everest Dojo, Suffolk, VA

Jay King Dojo, Madison Heights, VA

Japan Karate Organization, Bristol, TN

Yama Dojo, Mountain City, TN

Nishime Karate, Cincinnati, OH

MidWest Karate Association, Chicago, IL


Below, you'll see our general order of events for May 5, 2018 SuperRegional Championship.  Please note that these are ESTIMATED start times.  

8:30 AM       Doors open to the athletes and public. 
9:00 AM       Officials Meeting at the top of the day.  AAU karate club instructors, coaches, and top athletes are welcome to attend.  Know the rules, ask questions, meet other clubs. 

9:30 AM      National Anthem, Dojo Recognition
9:40 AM      Ring 1: Weapons and Kata, All Ranks Ages 5-6-7 
                  Ring 2: Black Belt Adult Men and Women (ages 16-70)   Kata and Kobudo
                  Ring 3: Weapons and Kata, White & Green Belts  8-9
                  Ring 4: Weapons and Kata, Brown and Black Belts 10-11
11:00 AM     Continuation of Kata Youngest to Oldest, 12-13, 14-15, 16+, 35 and over, all ranks  
12:00 PM     Begin Kumite Youngest to Oldest
2:00 PM       Team Kata and Team Kumite 

Throughout the day - Concessions will be sold on-site, please post to social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) using hashtag #ncaau and #aaukarate and pick up information about National Competition at the AAU Table near Concessions.

For more information and event registration please contact

Cyndy Yu-Robinson  District Sports Director

Cyndy Yu-Robinson District Sports Director

9113 Leesville Rd. Suite 104 Raleigh, NC 27613

Phone: 919-844-5555

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