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Why AAU Karate? When are the NC AAU Karate competitions? You are on the right webpage! 

Due to precautions to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, AAU Sports has cancelled all sports events for the next 3 weeks including the April 4, 2020 South Carolina Championship in Florence, SC.  More information about qualifying for national events will be coming. 


AAU Karate National Championships Disney's Wide World of Sports June 25-28, 2020

Overview of AAU Karate Video


2020 AAU Karate Rules

AAU Karate Rules Manual and a table showing changes in use at 2020 State, Regional and National events. Contact us at email: if you wish to discuss rule changes with an AAU top official.

2020 National Championships

June 25-28, 2020 in Orlando

2020 AAU Jr. Olympic Games

Karate portion of this multi-sport Olympic Games will take place in Hampton Roads, VA on July 31 - August 2, 2020


If your AAU club would like to host a athlete's, officiating, or scorekeeping 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 at 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.


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. 

Calendar of 2020 AAU Karate Events

3/7/2020 - (COMPLETED) NC State Championship and National Qualifier, Simkins Indoor Pavilion, Greensboro, NC

4/4/2020 - (CANCELLED) SC State Championship and National Qualifier, Pearl Moore Basketball Center, Florence, SC

4/18/2020 - (TBD) Virginia AAU State Championship and National Qualifier, Richmond, VA  

4/25/2020 -  (Location TBD) AAU Karate Southeast Regional Championship and National Qualifier, seeking a new location because of City of Charlotte restrictions on large gatherings.

5/23/2020 - AAU Karate Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, Richmond, VA [ Link to Mid-Atlantic registration ]

6/25/2020 thru 6/28/2020 - AAU Karate National Championships, Orlando, FL []

7/31 - 8/2/2020 - AAU Junior Olympic Games, Hampton Roads, Va. Karate competition is 2 days of this timeframe (Friday and Saturday) []

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Please note that these are ESTIMATED start times for March 7, 2020.

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: Pee Wee Kata Demo (ages 3-5) followed by Weapons and Kata, All Ranks, Ages 7-8 
                  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     Adult and 35+ White, Green, Brown Belt Kata and Kumite

12:30 PM     Begin Kumite Youngest to Oldest

3:00 Team Events (kobudo, kata, and kumite if teams register by email in advance or onsite by 11 AM)

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.

AAU Karate North Carolina Clubs

The following dojos and gyms competed with NCAAU Karate in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  Contact one to get started with AAU Karate.

Goldsboro Okinawan Karate, Goldsboro, NC

Triangle's Best Karate, Raleigh, NC 

Mo's Shotokan Karate, Cary, NC

Japan Karate Institute, Winston-Salem, NC  

Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai, King, NC 

Ormaza Family Karate, Dallas, 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

Carolina Karate Center, Greenville, SC

Heiwado Karate Center, Goose Creek, SC

Eggleston Karate Studio, Richmond, VA

Ichiban Karate, Ashburn, VA

Mt. Everest Dojo, Suffolk, VA

Jay King Dojo, Madison Heights, VA

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