American Tiger Karate Academy

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Rank Evaluation Results:


Kevin Batko    Blue Belt

Cassidy Dixon   Blue Belt + 2 stripes

Camden Dixon   Brown Belt Sankyu + 2 stripes

Edjuan Garcias   Yellow Belt +4 stripes

Logan Hedstrom  Yellow Belt + 2 stripes

MacKenzie Mansavage  Yellow Belt

Sebastian Reyna  Green Belt

David Skupien  Brown Belt Sankyu

Amelia Uruci   Yellow belt + 2 stripes

Nick Coker   Brown Belt  Sankyu

Randy Jackson  Yellow Belt

Jorge Licona   Blue Belt


Jeanetta Briski   Brown Belt Sankyu

Kenji Horibe    Brown Belt Sankyu

Michael Meier    Brown Belt Sankyu

Chris Szewczyk    Brown Belt Ichi Kyu

David Yde   7th Kyu Orange Belt

Rank Promotions 

American Tiger Karate Academy is an official branch of SKIF-USA, 

a division of SKIF International, headquarters honbu dojo in Japan, teaching authentic Shotokan Karate in it's entirety. The SKIF curriculum is universal, in that it is one of the very few martial arts left in the world whose skill requirements for each level are virtually the same from school to school, state to state, country to country, as it has been passed down for generations. 

 This insures the authenticity of the art of karate, quality, proper training, accountability of the instructors as well as the value of the practitioner's skill. 

Learning Shotokan Karate, or any other authentic Martial Art is a journey that takes time, patience and effort of mind, body and spirit. It is an individual journey and is not intended to compete with others for levels of achievement, as each person learns and develops talents at his/her own unique pace. 

Evaluations for rank promotion are held 3 - 4 times throughout the year. 

Evaluation dates are posted here as well as through email communication.

Kyu grade
rank exams evaluate and recognize the progress of students white belt through brown belts.  

Dan grade
rank exams are held yearly and evaluate and recognize the progress of students testing for their black belts.  

In the Japanese ranking system there are 10 kyu (color belt) levels and 10 dan (black belt) levels

Stripes on a belt represent honorable effort and acheivement

Fees for Kyu rank evaluations range from $45 to $65 and are paid on the day of the evaluation.


Sat - October 24th 2020

Kobudo 11:30am - 1pm

Karate 1:30p - 4:30p

All currently practicing students will receive an email with their times for evaluation. 

If you can not make it on the day of the evaluation, that's okay. Just advise Sensei. You may also schedule a private kyu rank evaluation or private group evaluation session.  Additional fees may apply.  


 The next SKIF Dan (Black Belt) Level Exam 

with Cheif Examiner Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa 8th Dan

 Date and Time TBA

American Tiger Karate Academy

Preparation sessions for Black Belt Dan evaluation will be held here at ATKA 

570 E. Higgins Road, Suite 103, 

 Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Dates and Time TBA

All Black Belts wishing to Test or Confirm Rank with Kancho N. Kanazawa 

for SKIF International Certification must possess:

Current SKIF Membership Card (applications available through ATKA office for $10)

An official SKIF completed and stamped and initialed  "passport rank logbook" 

(obtain through 

An SKIF Dan examination registration form completed in triplicate with passport photos 

(available through ATKA office)