News about Best Karate

Oct. 21-Dec. 1 - Triangle’s Best Karate has been named a finalist in the WRAL Voters Choice Awards for Best Martial Arts instruction. With your support, we can win this honor for the second year in the row. Click here and vote >

Oct 26, 2019 - Twelve dojo members tested for black belt ranks in front of a panel that included Sensei Jo Mirza and Sensei Steve Robinson and others (totally 37 dan ranks collectively and more than 250 years of collective karate training). Congratulations to Sumedh Kotrannavar, Stephen Heagarty, Shreya Madhu, Preston Midyette, Kevin Myers, and Pete Marino for a spiriteed test for the rank of Shodan-Ho (probationary black belt). Congratulations to Justin Midyette and Elias Liao for their affirmative test for Shodan (full black belt), and to Maya Starr, Erin Cutler, Sid Hotchandani, Ellie Bruno, and Anna I. Midyette for demonstrating so well what Nidan (second degree) black belts should look like.

Sep. 11, 2019 - Our very own Sensei Cyndy Yu-Robinson will be serving as the Women’s National Coach for an all female team sponsored by AAU Karate competing in Fukuoka, Japan at the 14th annual invitational Seiji NIshimua Matsuri Karate-Do Championships.

Sep 1, 2019 - The Dojo opened on Sep 1, 2004 fifteen years ago! Our 15th year anniversary will coincide with the postponed Belt Promotion Test. The celebration and the test will both be on Saturday, Sep. 21, starting at 10:30 AM/

July 28, 2019 - End of Season Team Party. Check out the Gallery.

July 14, 2019 - Deep Clean! Sensei Craig and Sensei Ken led a dozen students in flipping, cleaning, and replacing mats and deep cleaning the entire dojo.

July 6, 2019 - J.J. Yu Robinson won seven gold medals at the 2019 AAU Karate National Championships, sweeping every division he entered including two divisions where as a sixteen year old with his first time in the Adult - mixed ages group, won gold over 45 competitors. Three kata divisions, three kumite divisions and a grand championship match between age 16 light and heavy weight athletes.

July 6, 2019 - TBK national team consisting of 25 athletes, 4 coaches, and 4 officials traveled to Ft. Lauderdale for the AAU Karate National Championships won a total of 47 medals: 20 gold, 12 silver, and 15 bronze. Congratulations to all of our athletes and thanks to Booster Club parents and anonymous donor who fed us everyday and volunteered as scorekeepers and runners to keep this premier national event on time, fair, and moving!

June 23, 2019 - Six TBK athletes competed in the WUKF World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. The US Team won 66 medals in total, our ladies won five of those medals!!!! Congratulations to Anna Midyette for WORLD! bronze in individual kumite, Erin Cutler for bronze in individual kumite, Erin and Clara Carbone for bronze in Mini-Cadets Female Team Kumite, Maya Starr for bronze in Mini-Cadets Female Team Kumite (different team). Aydan Gwisdalla won 3 of out 4 fights and missed the semi-finals. JJ Yu-Robinson finished 4th in kata.

June 19, 2019 - JJ Yu-Robinson and three other Americans won bronze medals in Kumite at the ISF Combat Games (also known as the International High School Olympics) in Budapest, Hungary. JJ also finished 4th in kata and served as captain of the U.S. Team comrised of 9 athletes and 3 coaches.

April 27, 2019 - AAU Karate Southeast SuperRegional Championships and National Qualifier will be held at the Carole Hoefener Community Center, 615 E. 6th Street, Charlotte, NC. Check this page for details and registration.

April 14-21, 2019 - TBK Team will take a well-deserved break mid-season. Other dojo classes from April 14-17 will be offered on a regular schedule. Dojo will be closed for Easter weekend, April 18-21.

Mar. 5, 2019 - AAU Karate North Carolina State Championships will be held at the Brier Creek Community Center, 10810 Globe Road, Raleigh/Morrisville, NC on March 9. If you need overnight hotel, please check this link for the Fairfield Inn and Suites, one mile from the venue.

Jan. 10, 2019 - WRAL announced at the StateView Hotel in Raleigh the winners of various categories of "bests.” [story link]. Triangle’s Best Karate was the Voters Choice for Best Martial Arts Instruction in the Triangle. We beat out four other nominees. Thanks to our members for sharing our secret, karate-ka who kick together stick together. And now, back to training….

Sep. 22, 2018 - The TBK Dojo received enough nominations for the WRAL Voters’ Choice Award by Oct. 14, 2018 to be a top three finalist. Between Oct. 22 and Dec. 2, fans voted for our dojo to be the WRAL Voters’ Choice. The winner will be announced on Jan. 10, 2019.

Jul. 15, 2018 - Sensei Stephen Robinson was named as the U.S. member to the World Union of Karate Federations (WUKF) Referee Commission, the first American to join this elite 7-member council in 23 years.  Mr. Robinson will continue judgment, arbitration, training of other officials at international events, as well as examine and decide rule amendments and interpretation with other members of the Commission.   

Jun. 26-Jul 4, 2018 - Dojo was closed as TBK Dojo traveled to Ft. Lauderdale for the 2018 AAU/USA Karate National Championships.  7 officials, 4 coaches, and 18 athletes, 17 volunteers (all non-athlete siblings got into it!) participated and created many positive memories.  Together, we brought home 6 GOLD medals, 6 SILVER, and 9 BRONZE. 

Jun. 12, 2018 - Five Best Karate black belts flew to Scotland to compete in the World Union Karate Federation World Championships. Good luck to Alex, JJ, Erin, Aydan, and Maya.  Look for Live Streamining of competition action on June 14, 15, 16 at 

Apr. 14, 2018 - Twenty Best Karate athletes will be competing at the AAU Karate VA State Championship in Richmond.  Dojo will be closed on Saturday, April 14.

Mar. 23, 2018 - US Team members from this dojo will initiate a FUNraiser and will request your support.  Help our five athletes get to Scotland!!! 

Mar. 17, 2018 - 27 people test for new ranks.  Results are posted above. 

Mar. 3, 2018 - Triangle's Best Karate, athletes, coaches, and parents hosted the AAU Karate NC State & District Championships.  

Jan. 16, 2018 - 26 athletes joined the 2018 competition team and began new conditioning techniques 3X a week.

Dec. 9, 2017 - 42 people tested for new ranks. 

Sep. 9, 2017 - 24 people tested for new ranks. 

Oct. 15, 2017 - Eight athletes from TBK were selected to the National Team Pool to compete at international events in 2017-18.  Congratulations to Erin Cutler, Aydan Gwisdalla, Alexander Horsky, Gene Kim, Ken Schiman, Maya Starr, Asia Yu-Robinson and J.J. Yu-Robinson.

May 20, 2017 - Triangle's Best Karate will host the AAU Karate SuperRegional for the Southeast United States in Apex, NC.  The venue will be the Middle Creek Community Center in Apex.

Apr. 14, 15, 16, 2017 - The Dojo will be closed for Easter Weekend.

Apr. 3-10, 2017 - Sensei Stephen Robinson will be representing the U.S. as one of three Senior U.S. Referees at the World United Karate Federation European Championships. 

Mar. 18, 2017 - Best Karate hosted the North Carolina State Championships in Charlotte, NC.  More than 15 different clubs and 160 athletes competed at this event to qualify for AAU Karate National Events in 2017.  

Jan. 30, 2017 - NCAAU Karate announces Road to the Nationals in Raleigh. - See karate page.

Jan. 17, 2017 - Competition Team Training begins Jan. 29 with Weapons Introduction.  All Karate Competition Training schedule begins Feb. 1.  See Red Text Thu, Fri, Sat. Sun. practices on Spring Schedule.

Sep. 15, 2016 - Triangle's Best Karate is pleased to announce that Sensei J.B. Mirza, Chairman of AAU Karate and Head of TKO International, will be overseeing our Black Belt Test on Friday, Sep. 30, and giving the BudoFest Kumite Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Following the clinic, he will answer your questions about Karate's acceptance into the 2020 Summer Olympics.  See our Flyer.

Sep. 1, 2016 - AAU Karate issued a statement regarding Karate in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the training camps for athletes who wish to prepare for Olympic karate.  Click here to read

Jul. 7, 2016 - Congratulations to Triangle's Best Karate for being recognized as one of Top 20 Dojos in the U.S. for bringing a spirited 16 athletes, 2 coaches, and 4 officials to the AAU Karate National Championships.  And congratulations to Sempai Asia Yu-Robinson for winning one of the coveted AAU Karate scholarships.  Asia has competed for 12 years straight, like National Teammater and co-winner Andrea Shugar of Cincinnati.  Asia will be attending Appalachian State University in August 2016. 

JUN. 17-19, 2016 -- Ten athletes from Triangle's Best Karate in Raleigh, North Carolina, were selected by AAU Karate for the WUKF Karate World Championships in Dublin, Ireland (June 17-19, 2016).   Salaheldien Abuahmad, Randall John, Thomas Dang, Asia Yu-Robinson, and JJ Yu-Robinson committed to training karate 15 hours a week beyond regular schoolwork, karate classes, music, dance, EMT, and other commitments. Thanks to family, friends, and the Best Karate boosters club who donated funds for their travel and wished them well.  


Asia Yu-Robinson, Gold Medal Juniors Open Kata/Forms, Silver Medal Juniors Shotokan Kata/Forms, Bronze Medal Open Weight 3-pt Sparring, Bronze Medal Team 3-pt Sparring. 

JJ Yu-Robinson, Gold Medal Mini-Cadet 3-pt Sparring, 4th place Mini-Cadet Shotokan Kata/Forms (55 contestants). 

Thomas Dang, won one match Juniors Middle Weight 3-pt sparring. 

Salaheldien Abuahmad, won one match Juniors Heavy weight 3-pt sparring. 

Randall John, placed 15th in Cadet Shotokan Kata/Forms (48 contestants)


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