American Tiger Karate Academy


Peter honnigman, attorney at law and founder of best defense concepts is our keynote speaker. 

He will present this 1 hour Continuing Education Requirement class on Wednesday December 9th  from 7pm - 8pm at our new dojo 570 E. Higgins Road, Ste 103, Elk Grove Village, Il 60007. 
If you are a licensed professional, employee or other professional and have not yet met this requirement which is due by December 31st 2020 you are welcome to attend this class at no cost to you. 

Space is very limited due to COVID restrictions so save your place, REGISTER NOW by calling 847-593-6390 or email

Camden and Cassidy Dixon submitted their kata entries to AAU competition headquarters and they are awaiting the results.......GREAT JOB Cam & Cass !! Thank you for working extra hard to represent yourselves, your family, your dojo and Elk Grove Village with your best!!!


ATKA will provide a FREE introductory Karate and self defense class Thursday 10/1/20 at 5pm. You must register by going to "classes" on our website. Class size is limited. All those who register b4 the maximum of 20 participants is reached will receive an Enola Holmes Promotional gift package from Allied Global Marketing, Chicago IL.

AAU National Karate Championship
Orlando, Florida ESPN Sports Center
October 2020 

HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A VIRTUAL COMPETITION. VIDEO ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 10/21/20 and results posted on on November 21st 2020. 
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ATKA Students who Qualified To Compete:
Michael Henske
Camden Dixon
Cassidy Dixon
Timur Chinbayar 
Justin Waters

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING : November 7th and 8th Register to train virtually with Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawaand Shihan Manabu Murakami. Go to or
ALL STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: September 12th and 13th  Register to train virtually with Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa and Shihan Manabu Murakami. Go to or

Come out and join us for our first NEW DOJO BACKYARD training class complete with basics, kata, plyometrics, self defense and an obstacle course!!

AAU Karate National Championships
June 25th through June 28th 2020
Walt Disney World ESPN Sports Complex
Orlando, Florida
ATKA 25th Anniversary Celebration
Originally scheduled for May 9th 2020 is in the process of being rescheduled for later in the year due to COVID19 safety. The new date will be posted as soon as it becomes available from venue host.

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa 
8th Dan Shotokan Karate SKIF

SKIF USA Midwest Seminars
All 2020 Summer Tour Seminars have been postponed until 2021.
ATKA will host Kancho in June of 2021.

SKIF Midwest Gasshuku at ATKA 
May 17th - 19th 2019 

American Tiger Karate Academy will be hosting head instructors and some of their students in the Midwest USA from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri etc. for a karate summit and seminars referred to as Gasshuku.  Various high ranking instructors will present topics for training sessions. All SKIF and ATKA/SKIF students are welcome to attend any rank and age appropriate class, for FREE, so long as they have a completed SKIF membership application on file ($10 for annual SKIF membership). All other Shotokan Karate instructors and students ie. JKA, AJKA, SKA , SKF, ISKC, ITKA etc. are also welcome to join us. However the fee for Non-SKIF participants is $10 per class made out to ATKA.
ALL ATKA STUDENTS (age 6 and up) ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN SOME OR ALL OF THESE CLASSES !!!  It is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, katas, body dynamics, anatomy, self defense, plyometric and kinesietic skills, a bo staff kata and more. It is an excellent opportunity to meet the high ranking Senseis of our organization and enjoy comradry with fellow karateka.
Please go to the REGISTRATION section of this website and complete a waiver/registration to participate in this event. 
8:00a - 11:15a    KIHON AND BODY DYNAMICS (all regularly scheduled ATKA students please attend at 10am or sooner if possible).
11:30a - 12:30p  KOBUDO KATA " KANAZAWA NO BO DAI"
2:00p - 3:45p      KUMITE - OKURI 
7:00pm  Dinner at LEONA's Italian Restaurant on Devon ave. just east of Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village. Just doen the road from ATKA Dojo
9:00a - 12:00 noon   Kata and Misc.
Have a Safe Trip Home !!

Karate Picture Day  Sunday 
September 23, 2018

Professional Photographer Ashley Marie will be at the dojo from 11:30am - 5:30pm taking individual photos for all Karate or Kobudo students who are interested.
These photo sessions are by appointment only.  
Please sign up on appointment sheet in the dojo or call 847-308-2852 or email to reserve your spot.
3 photo high quality leatherlike Folio only $25
Poster $20
Add on packages for wallets, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 only $5 each

Massage Therapy for Health and Injury Prevention September 19, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm. CANCELLED

 Daniel Moore, CMT and adjunct faculty at Harper College will present an interactive class on therapeutic massage. Location is ATKA dojo, 780 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Pre Registration is required. Call 847-593-6390 to register by 9/17/18.

Back to School Bash  Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm

We are celebrating the new school year with a Ninja party for all of our students, their friends and siblings age 4 through teenage. We will have a  mini self defense lesson, bully chat,  flag sparring challenge in the bounce house, jousting matches, ninja run, board breaking, and more.  Pizza, chips and beverages will be provided. There will be a free raffle for a 2 month VIP dojo membership. Come celebrate with us !

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa Seminar and International Dan (black belt) Exams
Tuesday June 13th and Wednesday, June 14th 2017
All are welcome to attend Seminars.  All SKIF ichi Kyu and Dan grades may submit required information, and application for Dan exam, prior to June 12th.  Please submit registrations as soon as possible for Seminars. See ATKA face book page or email to obtain forms.

Savory Food Cookie Dough Sale
Start Date: March 4th

Fundraiser to raise money for  Kancho Kanazawa Visit to ATKA in June 2017
Please try to help out by selling some delicious cookie dough or gourmet popcorn at $15 per tub to friends and family.  Please follow all safety rules and remain with parent at all times if asking neighbors. 

End Date: March 25th Please return all forms with payment made out to ATKA by this date. 

Savory foods does not accept personal checks so ATKA must write a total check to Savory Foods.

**  March 14th, 2017 Agata Smetaniuk will be at ATKA Tuesday, to tune up those practicing the Unsu .

Be great for you to BE THERE !  (no fee for ATKA students) 

Unsu -  Advanced Black Belt Kata Presented By Agata Smetaniuk National and International Kata Champion, USA 2020 Olympic Karate EliteTrainer

Location: American Tiger Karate Academy, 780 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.
When: Saturday August 20th 2016
Time 2:30pm - 4:00pm
What: Learn this very athletic, precise and exciting kata from Agata Smetaniuk, who has received multiple Gold Medals for performance of this kata in elite competitions around the world. She not only is an outstanding athlete and competitor but also is a personal trainer. 
Fee (advanced registration): $35 or $50 at the door

Windy City Regional Tournament & Seminars 2017

Location: Crown Plaza Hotel,  Rosemont, IL
Date: Saturday March 11th  8am - 5pm
See the Calendar page on this website for details related to kata and kumite seminars on Friday evening as well as the tournament events on Saturday.
Any ATKA student who is actively training may attend this event.
Come watch and cheer on your classmates:

Andrew Cattapan
Camden Dixon
Taylor Henske
Michale Henske
Michael Meier
Michael Rogowski
Mia Stevanovic


Congratulations to Taylor and Michael Henske for achieving medals in all events kata, kumite and kobudo especially impressive performances competing in the balck belt divisions as brown belts.  
Great Job representing ATKA !!!!!

AAU National Karate Cahmpionship Tournament
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL Expo Center
Dates: July 6th through July 9th
Good Luck to Taylor Henske Michael Henske and Michael Meier who qualified and will be representing ATKA competing in this competition.

Fonseca Cup 2015 - October 25, 2015

Congratulations to Michael Henske (bronze medal in kumite) and
Taylor Henske for their excellent sportsmanship and performance in this elite competition !

ITKA Memorial Tournament - May 23 & 24 2015
Chicago, IL

AAU Regional Championships - April 25 & 26 2015
College of Lake County Grayslake, IL

Windy City 23rd Annual Tournament March 28, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel Rosement, IL

December 20th 2014 - Saturday
Holiday Swap Adventure - Belvidere Banquets EGV

November 15th 2014
AAU District Championship - Kentucky
October 18th 
Fonseca MA Tournament

June 8th & 9th  2013 - Saturday & Sunday
Japan Fun Festival  10am - 6pm 
Location - Elk Grove High School
Come see all the great entertainment, games and food.
Meet famous NASCAR drivers and Champion Sumo Wrestlers  !!!
Visit our ATKA Dojo Booth - Wrra you ATKA T-shirt to support our dojo

June 7th 2013 - Friday
Junior Leader Adventure Trip to Vertical Endeavors 
Warrenville, IL 5:30pm - 10pm 

May 25th 2013   
ITKA World Friendship Memorial Tournament 
8am - 6pm
Luther North HS. Chicago, IL 
January 2013
ATKA Dojo Tournament (Kata / Kihon /kumite)
Open to all ATKA dojo members.  Must pre-register to participate.
December 17, 2012
Kyu level rank exam for all white through brown belts,  6:15pm at Lake Bluff Park District
December 14, 2012
Cookie Dough Fundraiser  Pick Up Friday 12/14/12  2:30pm -7pm at the dojo.  Thanks to all who participated in supporting our scholarship fund and team fund.  We are looking forward to a great 2013 !

December 2, 2012
Kyu level rank exam from 2pm - 5:30pm at EGV dojo 
Open to all white through brown belts.  Must pre-register to take the exam.

November 17, 2012
ATKA Volunteers Enjoy Participating in the Christus Victor Community Thanksgiving Celebration:

Robby Uehara
Kenji Horibe
Cristina Capetillo
Ryan Uehara
Brandon Yuan
Drew Moralde
Saul Herrera
Raquel Herrera
Loretta Downey
Ami Wenz
Michael Henske
Taylor henske

Crazy Good Contest Results !!!
Congratulations to the following students who won the 1st Place Trophy in the following events:

Point Sparring: Aleksy Kurowski
Flag Sparring: Joshua Fitzgerald
Jumping: Gabriel Trejo
Balance & Toe Walk Events: Mary Fitzgerald
Board Breaking: Aleksy Kurowski
Flexibility: Sofia Herrera

August 2012
8/13 & 8/14  Bring A Friend Day
8/17/12 Ninja Games Day (see "calendar" section of website for details)
July 2012
7/2 - 7/7   AAU National Karate Championships
7/16 & 7/17  Bring A Friend Day

June 2012
6/10 & 6/12  Bring A Friend Day
6/10/12   Rank Exam Karate Group A & B
6/13/12   Rank Exan Karate Group N
6/21/12   Rank Exam Karate Group C & D

April 2012

4/13/2012   EGV Cultural Expo at the Pavillion 6 - 8:30pm
4/15/2012   ATKA Group A & B Kyu Rank Exams 1:30pm - 5pm
4/28/2012   17th Annual ATKA Awards Banquet Salt Creek Golf Course 6pm - 11pm

March 2012

3/12 & 3/13 ATKA Dojo " Bring A Friend"  Day !
3/13/2012    ATKA Dojo Ninja Games Day
3/19/2012    Lake Bluff Karate Kyu Rank Exam
3/24/2012    ITKA Kata / Kumite /  Kihon Seminars
3/25/2012    ITKA Memorial Tournament


November 2011

11/4/2011    Sensei Yamazaki, master instructor Special Black Belt Seminar at TKC dojo Wilmette, IL
11/5/2011    Sensei Yamazaki, master instructor from California- all level students seminar MSKA dojo Mt. Prospect, IL
11/12/2011   ITKA Shihan Bambouyani Seminars and Exams
11/19/2011   ATKA Team Supporting Thanksgiving Senior Community Dinner with Soji
11/20/2011   ATKA Kyu Rank Exams

October 2011
10/14/11      Team Try Outs at ATKA (Friday)
10/21/11      BJJ Seminar at ATKA 7p - 9p All Welcome Teen / Adult $35
10/23/11      Anderson Japanese Gardens Outing 2p - 4pm Rockford Illinois (Sunday) All Welcome
10/25/11      Instructor Meeting 9:15p -10p
September 2011
9/29/11        Little Tiger Stripe Ceremony (Thursday) 5:15p - 6:00p
9/27/11        Instructor Meeting 9:15p - 10:p

August 2011
8/26/11        Hill Training Clearwater Park, Mt. Prospect IL
8/30/2011     Instructor Meeting 9:15p - 10p

July 2011
7/11/2011     All Classes Resume
7/18/2011     Ninja Games Day -Improve agility, balance and coordination
7/26/2011     Instructor / Asst Instructor Meeting 9:15pm,
7/28/2011     Hill Training at Clearwater Park, Busse Rd at Golf Rd. in Mt. Prospect 6:30pm - 7:30pm

June 2011
6/5/2011      Kyu and Dan Rank Exam  at ATKA 1pm - 6pm
6/18/2011    Elk rove Village Hometown Parade - Come march with us and see our 12 foot pagoda
6/23/2011    Kyu rank exam for Group C Shotokan Karate  6pm
6/24/2011    Junior Leader Meeting at the Dojo 6:30pm - 7:30pm
6/25/2011 - 7/10/2011  Dojo clased for Summer Break and Routine Maintenance

April 2011
4/1/2011   Elk Grove Village Celebration of Cultures - Pavillion EGV 6p - 8:30p
4/5/2011   Lake Forest College Symposium Martial arts Demonstration
4/7/2011   Little Tiger Ceremony 5:15p - 6pm
4/22/2011 Easter Holiday Weekend  - No Classes Friday through Monday

March 2011
3/12/2011  Windy City Tournament - Itasca, Illinois
3/27/2011   ITKA Seminars - Chicago, Illinois

February 2011
2/20/2011  AAU District Karate Tournament - College of lake County, Grayslake, IL.

June 2010
6/4/10 & 6/5/10 Rocco Vinos Tiger Team "Trip to Nationals" Fundraiser
6/6/10 JKA of Palatine Shotokan Summitt
6/13/10 ATKA Tiger Team Car Wash
6/19/10 EGV PARADE
6/24/10 ATKA Weekly Shotokan Group Exam 6pm
6/26/10 through 7/10/10 Dojo Closed for Summer Break

May 2010
5/2/10 Rank Exam-Shotokan Kyu Levels
5/15/10 Senator Dan Kotowski's Kids Fair - Pioneer Park ArlingtonHeights/ATKA Booth & Demo
5/15/10 ATKA Annual Awards Banquet Salt Creek Golf Course WoodDale, IL
5/23/10 ATKA Tiger Team Car Wash at ATKA

April 2010
4/6/10 Lake Forest College Martial Arts Symposium
4/9/10 EGV Celebration of Cultures ATKA Booth and Demonstration
4/10/10 ATKA Exam Prep Seminar
4/17/10 EGV Community Health Fair- ATKA Booth
4/27/10 INstructor Meeting

March 2010
/2/10      Plyometric Class - Skill Assessment 7pm
3/12/10    ATKA Advisory Board Meeting 7:15pm
3/19/10    NO CLASSES TODAY - Cookie Dough Delivery at Dojo 3:30pm - 8pm
3/20/10    Focus Karate - Spring Invitational Tournament - Lake In The Hills, IL
3/28/10    Iternational Traditional Karate Assoc. (NKF sanctioned) Tournament - Chicago, IL

February 2010
2/1/10      Cookie Dough Fundraiser Begins
2/2/10       Instructror Meeting 9:15pm - 10:15pm
2/24/10     Fundraiser End Date - Hand in all orders with payment
2/28/10     AAU District Championship Tournament - National Qualifier

December 2009
12/1/09                           Instructor / Asst. Instructor / Jr. Asst. Meeting 9:15p - 10p
12/2/09                           Lfc Exam
12/9/09                           Lfc Dinner
12/19/09                         Christmas Holiday Break NO Classes 12/19/09 - 1/3/10
1/4/10                             All Classes Resume

November 2009

11/8/09                           Midwest Shotokan Karate Assoc. Kata Tournament
11/20/09                         Plyometric Classes  Resume
( 12 week course)
11/22/09                         Kyu Rank Exam
11/26/09 - 11/29/09      Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend No Classes

October 2009
10/1/09                            Headband Day - Make it - Buy it - Borrow it- Show Your Spirit
10/2/09                            Advisory Board Meeting - ATKA Dojo 8:00pm - 9:45pm
10/12/09 + 10/13/09      Bring your friend or family member to try class with you today
10/31/09                          Halloween - Dojo Closed

September 2009
9/13/09                        Lake Forest College Karate Club Meeting 3:00pm - 4:30pm
9/25/09                        Plyometric 12 wk Course  Begins - Baseline Assessments

August 2009
8/5/09 & 8/6/09          Spirit Day -Wear a  Headband -  ( your favorite handmade or store bought )
8/10/09 & 8/11/09      Ninja Game Day - Compete with classmates in ninja style events
8/17/09  & 8/18/09     Bring Your Parent to Learn Karate With You Today
8/26/09  & 8/27/09     In Class Sparring Tournament
8/28/09                        Hil Training at Clearwater Park, Golf & Busse Rd., Mt. Prospect