The New England Traditional Karate Alliance (N.E.T.K.A) is a union for traditional karate in New England area, founded by group of dedicated karatekas. We intend to unify traditional karate in the proper direction and by promoting and strengthening friendly relations among its member clubs, organization & their members, to achieve the advancement of Budo spirit and thereby contribute to the perfection of human character.
Our mission is to protect the original traditional karate based on the foundation of Budo. It's goal is to maintain the concept of human development through traditional karate training.
N.E.T.K.A is a member organization open to all traditional styles of karate-do. The alliance is a multi-faceted organization that offers karatekas the opportunity to further their skills, knowledge & understanding. We can all learn from each other, enhancing our karate, while at the same time remaining true to the principles of traditional system. We welcome our members ideas & suggestions so that we may grow together.
How can N.E.T.K.A benefit you:
Offers seminars for instructors, coaches and athletes to improve skills utilizing the latest techniques in training to improve your Karate Skills.
Offers assistance to dojo/club/organizations to improve the efficiency and quality of tournaments and events. (Well train and professional judges)
Make available standardized curriculum guides that clearly outline the skills necessary for each belt rank. Produced item you can use in your dojo.
Sponsor high quality nationwide traditional karate tournament held in Maine in the summer or fall. (Well train and professional judges).
Our mission is to provide high quality education to improve the lives of our members and enable them to share the principles of Karate-do to others in the community. To accomplish this mission; we will provide high-level instruction in martial arts focused on physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of Karate-do.
Our instructional goals:
JKA Maine Karate Academy
JKA Maine Academy is organized to provide the community an affordable opportunity to train in an authentic Shotokan karate in the state of Maine. We are a fully accredited traditional karate dojo, offering classes for men, women, and children of all levels under the supervision of Chief Instructor Sensei Khim Torres, a JKA 5th degree black belt and Chairman/Owner Sensei Ferdinand Torres, a JKA 3rd degree black belt & Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo 6th degree black belt.
Our academy instructors’ treat individuals as students, NOT CUSTOMERS. Our objective is to give students a means of developing character while being strengthened both physically and mentally. Training is demanding and promotions are earned, NOT GIVEN.
Our students are exposed to the full curriculum of traditional Shotokan karate, and students with advanced rank are introduced to traditional Okinawan kobudo. These self-defense systems are excellent all- around fitness regimen, exercising 90% of the body’s muscles in a combination of aerobic and anaerobic workouts.
One of the key strengths of the JKA is its method of teaching. All our instructors are certified from Japan. Each instructor undergoes rigorous evaluation and testing before being granted his or her instructor qualifications. This unique specialist instruction system, established decades ago, is still the only one of its kind, and produces some of the best athletes and teachers in the world of karate. All JKA instructors—whether in Japan or heading up Regional or National branches around the world—pass on the fundamentals and techniques they have mastered, ensuring that karate’s highest tradition lives on in each dojo.
In addition to being certified as a Instructor, JKA Maine Academy Instructors are certified Examiners, and Judges. JKA Maine instructors must also attend and pass re-certification programs on regular basis as per JKA Japan.
JKA Maine Academy is an affiliate member of Japan Karate Association/American Federation (JKA/AF) (www.jkaaf.org) under Shihan Takayuki Mikami, 9th degree black belt and a Senior Technical Advisor to the Japan Karate Association/World Federation (JKA/WF) (www.jka.or.jp) in Tokyo, Japan.
Also, we are one of the founding members of the New England Traditional Karate Alliance (N.E.T.K.A).
The vision of JKA Maine Academy is to promote Shotokan Karate dojo where people can engage in a lifelong study of Real Karate-do. Have a positive influence in the community and develop student’s skills to the standards of JKA/World Federation.