What is AKANA?
American Karate Academies National Association was founded by Jerry Piddington, O'Shihan. Shinzo Kaizen Dojos are a chartered lifetime member of AKANA, along with karate academies across the United States.
AKANA endorses all Beikoku Tamashii Shorin Ryu Karatedo and Kobudo certifications.
Mudanasha Kyu Rank Certification (below Black Belt)
Yudanasha Dan Rank Certification (Black Belt)
Honored Title Certification (Tasshi, Renshi, Kyoshi, Hanshi)
Teaching Credential Title Certification (Sensei, Shihan)
Proclamation of Style Certification (Heads of System)
Why join AKANA?
Students are required to join this organization to receive rank certification endorsed by O' Shihan Piddington. When a student joins AKANA or renews their AKANA membership, they receive an AKANA patch and AKANA membership certificate. Members are also eligible to test in an annual AKANA Tomoe Warrior Exam and AKANA Sun & Moon Test.
The AKANA Pledge
AKANA is committed to providing martial art schools and Karateka across the United States with an organization that secures their martial arts lineage with the pioneer of American Karate, Jerry Piddington, O' Shihan , founder of the first American Style of Karate, called American Open Style, under the USKA sanctified charter established by Robert Trias, O' Sensei, Father of American Karate. Our goal is to provide martial art schools and individuals of any style with an opportunity to become affiliated with a martial arts organization that provides access to promotions, teaching credentials, honored titles, and proclamation of styles endorsed and signed by Jerry C. Piddington, O'Shihan. AKANA is committed to servicing its chartered schools and individual members by providing access to unique and established events, such as Tomoe Warrior, Kobudo Warrior, and Sun & Moon Tests, along with AKANA sanctioned tournaments, friendship competitions, seminars, and gatherings. AKANA members will join a network of like-minded martial artists from the West Coast to the East Coast who proudly wear the AKANA patch representing something bigger than themselves for the greater gain of all. We are a brotherhood of Karateka who strive to keep our art pure. But most of all, we are devoted to maintaining and honoring our rich heritage and prolific lineage with a genuine spirit of togetherness.
Ricky Smith, Hanshi took over as the President and Director in 2022.
C.J. Mayo, Kyoshi Shorin Ryu and Kobudo lineage is as follows:
Chosin Chibana- Student of Anko Itosu
Shugoro Nakazato- Founder of the Shorinkan Shorin Ryu Organization
Tadashi Yamashita- Trained Piddington, O'Shihan Kobayahi Ryu lineage of Shorin Ryu
Jerry Piddington- Founder of the American Karate Academies National Association.
C.J. Mayo- Current AKANA Assistant Director under the Current President a
Robert Trias (1923 - 1989) was the first American to open a commercial Dojo in America. O'Sensei Trias was one the first to promote and direct an open tournament series. O'Sensei passed away at the rank 10th Dan.
O'Sensei Trias was one of Piddington, O'Shihan main instructors and friends while Piddington, O'Shihan was learning the Martial Arts. It was O'Sensei Trias who gave O'Shihan permission t