ASK supports the development karate-kas through five programs.
1. Kata Training
ASK hosts a kata development session Monday’s at Schafer Karate and Sunday’s at Banzai Karate. All ASK members are welcome to attend and train with an ASK instructor to improve the kata they are currently working on.
2. Kumite Training
ASK hosts a kumite development sessions Wednesdays at Schafer Karate and Fridays at Banzai Karate. All ASK members are welcome to attend and train with an ASK instructor to improve their kumite skills for their upcoming tournament or grading.
3. Member Tournaments
Each year the ASK plans and hosts a number of tournaments to support the development of its member karate-kas. Each tournament offers individual and team kata and kumite events from the very beginner to the senior belts.
4. Annual Karate Camp
The annual ASK karate camp offers ASK members two and half days of fun, focus, and challenge. The camp also features a belt grading including the annual Shodan (1st dan) grading.
Gradings (testing to advance to next belt rank) are conducted approximately once per quarter. Curriculum is based on the Association of Shotokan Karate belt ranking system. A successful grading will lead either to a different belt color (Kyu) or the same belt color with one or more stripes added (Mon).