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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.

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.

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!

Congrats Ella!  11/21/17  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Ella Aldridge of the East Nashville AKA dojo passed her black belt test on Nov 16, 2017. The test, which lasted 8 1/2 hours,consisted of a written exam, self defense, sparring, katas and endurance activities. "She did great on the test," said Master Chapman. "Her five years of training really paid off." Upon the recommendation of Master Stonerock, her Nashville instructor, she was awarded the title of "Sempai."

Inclement Weather Policy  12/12/17  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
If Williamson County schools close (or close early) on TU or TH because of inclement weather conditions children’s classes at Franklin and Brentwood YMCA will be canceled. On Sat (Brentwood) if there is a question of whether classes will be held contact the YMCA after 9:00.

Newest Black Belts  12/31/17  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Steven Errico and Tuneer Ghosh passed their black belt tests on Dec 30, 2017. The test consisted of a written exam, katas, self defense, and various endurance activities. Tuneer was awarded the Junior Black Belt and Steven the adult belt. Steven was also awarded the title of Sensei and Assistant Instructor by Master Chapman. The test was conducted by a 10 member panel of AKA black belts.

Milestone Awards  2/5/18  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
The AKA Milestone Award is awarded to recognize many years of training and dedication in the martial arts. The following students were recently presented Milestone Awards: Master Hoyal-25 years; Master Bowles-20 years, Sensei Lindsey-15 years.

2017 Student of the Year Awards  2/5/18  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Master Chapman recently announced the following student of the year awards. The recipient in the adult class was Master Michael Culbreth. The co-winners in the children's class were Jake Panelo and Logan Nolan. Congrats to all three!

Please Contact Us to get more information about any of these upcoming events or if you wish to add an item to our schedule.