TBK Team - Regional, National, and International Competition

In 2018, our dojo will be simultaneously training new karate athletes for sport competition and preparing six athletes to compete in Scotland at the WUKF world championships!  Get stronger  in mind and body through NCAAU Karate League competitions.  

  • Training karate intensely with coaches and mentors improves speed, agility, endurance, and mental fortitude.  Elite athletes learn to do sustained hard work, follow directions, take constructive criticism, figure out their own and other opponents' weaknesses, and perform under stress in ALL aspects of life.  The team environment is fun, supportive, and unified.
  • Free Competition Camp for all, but designed for prospective new competitors.  See each event demonstrated by a seasoned competitor, do a shortened version of a team training in kata, kumite, 
  • Training season will be Jan. 23 - June 30, 2018.  Team training usually adds 3 extra hours a week to your normal schedule. 
    • Kata training one hour on Tuesday night
    • Kumite training one hour on Thursday night for white-brown belts, or two hours on Saturday morning for black belts and athletes >13 years.
    • Conditioning training one hour on Friday night, 5:30-6:30 for ages <12, 6:30-7:30 for ages > 13.
  • Each competition provides valuable experience in demonstrating your karate skills and competitive edge, exposes you to AAU rules, and  forms new friendships! 
  • On Jan. 17, our Prospective Team members and parents Orientation got snowed out.  For Best Karate Dojo members: Please download the slides and Packet/Agreement below. 

Regional Competition

  • Road to the 2018 AAU National Championships:  You need to qualify at only one event below but you will want to gain additional experience competing against new opponents and under pressure. 
    • March 3, 2018 | Mooresville, NC | AAU Karate NC State Championships & National Qualifier
    • April 14, 2018 | Richmond, VA | AAU Karate VA State Championships & National Qualifier
    • April ?, 2018 | Columbia, SC | AAU Karate SC State Championships & National Qualifier
    • May 5, 2018 | Raleigh, NC | Southeast US SuperRegional Championships & National Qualifier

National Competition

  • 2018 National Championships will be June 26-30, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Athletes who are white, green, or brown belts will compete on one day and are required to support other team members on at least one other day of the competition.  Athletes who are black belts and 13 and older will have the opportunity to compete in indivdual, team kata and team kumite, and up to 8 events across two days.

International Competition

Five of our athletes have committed to the World Team and will be training for WUKF World Championships in Scotland, June 14-17, 2018. They are:  Erin Cutler, Aydan Gwisdalla, Alexander Horsky, Maya Starr, J.J. Yu-Robinson.  

Team Best Karate competes regionally and internationally.  Two of our team members going to the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland, June 15-18, 2016, are featured at 0:48 and 3:15 in this video of 2015 National Championships.

== Newsworthy ==

JUN. 6, 2016 - Five athletes from Triangle's Best Karate, plus one from Goldsboro Okinawan Karate will represent North Carolina as they travel as Team USA to Dublin, Ireland, to compete in the 2016 WUKF World Championships. For details about TBK's five athletes, click here


DEC. 11, 2015 - World Union of Karate Federations (WUKF) posted results [click here] of the WUKF Karate European Champions Cup, hosted in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Dec. 4-6, 2015.  

The US Team with 7 athletes including Asia Yu-Robinson of Triangle's Best Karate earned 22 medals overall.  

Asia Yu-Robinson earned Gold/1st Place in Shotokan Kata, ages 15-17 females as well as Gold/Grand Champion "Best of the Best" of all styles Kata, ages 15-17 females.  She also won a Bronze Medal in Individual Sanbon (3-point) Sparring, ages 15-17, and a Bronze Medal in Rotational Team SanBon Sparring.


SEP. 1, 2015 -- AAU Karate has announced that five advanced students (black belts) from Triangle's Best Karate have been placed on the US Natonal Team Pool, invited to various international level competitions in Slovenia, Honolulu, and Dublin 2015-16. Congratulations to Brianne Lawton (right in sparring photo), Asia Yu-Robinson, Savannah Fraleigh, Randall John, and JJ Yu-Robinson.

[older news]

Aug. 6-8. 2015 - US Team Trials were held in Chesapeake, VA at the end of the AAU Junior Olympic Games.  Team Trials are open to youth and adults.  For more info, click here.

Jan. 15, 2015 - Selection for the Competitive Karate Season begins January 2015

Competitive karate allows students to test their skills, speed, and focus in individual matches and team events. Triangle’s Best Karate has produced dozens of national champions, U.S. National Team members, and is home to nationally recognized coaches and officials. TBK serves as the AAU Karate North Carolina District Director, and hosts the NC AAU Karate state championships (March 14, 2015 in Raleigh) and the AAU Karate Southeast Regional championships (May 2, 2015 in Charlotte).

Dec. 1, 2014 - Training for Competition

The preparation for state, regional and national competitions includes intense kihon, kata, sparring training and conditioning each week.  Elite clinics for high level kata (Unsu, Sochin, GojuShiho, etc.) and advanced kumite are optional and highly recommended for brown and black belts.  We build an athlete-coach-family team and set goals together.

Team TBK Training Info  

Schedule for 2015 AAU Karate Events