News and Upcoming School Events
American Karate Academy has many upcoming events for our students and school families. Refer to this page to find out about upcoming tournaments, promotion testing, school functions and other school related information.
We will also be posting news bulletins or other pertinent information regarding the school, its students, its instructors, or the Master. The calendar will also list these items as well. Make sure you print out the school calendar each month for easy reference.
Grandmaster Chapman Promoted to 9th 10/8/11 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
At the 2011 IKSA National Training Seminar GM Chapman was promoted to the rank of Ku-Dan, 9th degree black belt. GM Floyd Burk, 10th Dan, made the promotion and presented the rank certificate which was also signed by the legendary Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, also a 10th Dan. GM Burk and GM Bernie Fritz talked about GM Chapman's accomplishments in the arts and service to the IKSA. AKA Senior Instructors Master Mike Hoyal and Master Tim Bowles spoke on how much GM Chapman means to the students of the school. GM Wallace also praised GM Chapman saying "he is very deserving of this promotion." Masters Hoyal and Bowles then presented GM Chapman with a beautiful certificate recognizing his promotion and a specially created belt to commemorate his 30 years in the martial arts. "I am honored and humbled by the promotion," said GM Chapman. "I am grateful to GM Burk and GM Wallace more than words can say."
AKA Members Inducted into Karate College Hall of Fame 7/7/15 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
After 28 years of hosting the Karate College founders Jerry Beasley and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace decided it was time to implement a Karate College Hall of Fame. Seven campers and five instructors were chosen to be in the inaugural class. AKA students Master Mike Hoyal and Sensei Cam Chapman were inducted as campers. Master Hoyal was participating in his 20th camp and Sensei Chapman his 17th. Master Chapman was chosen to be one of the five professors to be selected. Master Chapman has attended 27 of the camps and has taught since 1996. "I was honored and humbled to be inducted by Dr Beasley and Master Wallace", said Master Chapman. Pictures are posted on the AKA Facebook page.
Student of the Year/Milestone Awards 1/27/17 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Master Chapman recently presented Milestone Awards to 4 students to recognize their time training in the martial arts at the AKA. Sensei Mackenzy, Sensei Ramirez and Sempai Keaton received 10 year awards and Sensei Culbreth received a 15 year award. Master Chapman also announced the recipients of the 2016 Student of the Year award. Maddox Sharpe was awarded the honor for the childrens class and Sensei Mackenzy for the adult class. Congratulations to all!
AKA Students Inducted into Karate College Hall of Fame 6/26/17 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Four AKA students, Senseis Tim Bowles, Matt Stonerock, Lindsey Culbreth and Michael Culbreth were inducted into the Karate College Hall of Fame at the recently held 30th Annual Karate College in Radford,VA. The four were part of a group of eight that were inducted into the Camper Division this year. Each has attended KC for more than 10 years. The 4 join Senseis Hoyal and C Chapman as members of the KC HOF.
AKA Attends Karate College 6/26/17 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
28 members of the AKA, representing both Nashville and Brentwood schools, recently attended the 30th Annual Karate College held in Radford, VA. Master Chapman, with assistance from Senseis Stonerock, Hoyal, and Bowles taught 2 adult classes. Sandwiched in between the adult classes the four with assistance from Senseis C Chapman and L Culbreth also taught a children's class. The group had a great time enjoying the training , pool, pizza and fun! Pictures will soon be up on the AKA Facebook page.
Kristen Ramirez Earns Black Belt 9/21/17 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Congratulations to Kristen Ramirez. She successfully passed her black belt test on Sat, Sept 16th. The 12 hour test consisted of sparring, forms, self defense, endurance activities and a written exam. Kristen did an awesome job and at the end of he day was awarded her black belt and the title of "Sensei".
Promotions 10/4/17 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
At the IKSA promotions banquet Master Chapman promoted the following students to higher Dan ranks: Dr Jeff Bennie-Michael Shounoda-Mackenzy Ramirez: 3rd Dan Michael Culbreth: 5th Dan and awarded the title of "Master of the Martial Arts" Matt Stonerock-6th Dan and awarded the title of "Kyoshi" Tim Bowles-7th Dan Congrats to all!
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