North American Sport Karate Association

Martial Arts Handle: NASKA

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From 1986 to today, NASKA continues to be the leader in “Open Tournament Sport Karate”, in sanctioning North America’s most prestigious karate tournaments and in giving the world’s greatest karate athletes a forum to display, innovate and develop their talents.

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About NASKA

The History of NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) Founded: 1986

Although not in name at the time, NASKA’s seed was planted in 1977 when the executive editor of “Karate Illustrated” Magazine, Renardo Barden, started publishing competitor regional ratings in an attempt to create some order in the world of tournament karate around the United States. KI rated competitors in 12 regions across the US. From these regional ratings, KI, through various subjective methods, rated 36 men fighters in 3 categories, Top Twelve Overall, 12-1st Honorable Mention, and 12-2nd Honorable Mention. KI’s rating system went through many changes in the early years and progressed soon into rating black belt men, women and children in form, weapons, and fighting. A few years later, KI began rating tournaments as well, awarding them ratings of A, B or C according to 11 set criteria. These criteria were: 1) Level of Fighting Competition; 2) Level of Form Competition; 3) Level of Organization; 4) Level of Hospitality; 5) Quality of Hotel accommodations; 6) Style Prejudice; 7) Regional Shaft Factor; 8) Punctuality; 9) Tournament Venue; 10) Transportation to Tournament Site; 11) Overall Size of Event.

Although Karate Illustrated Magazine did exceptional work in their achievement of organizing and rating tournament karate, in 1986 they decided that 9 years were enough and discontinued the tournament/competitor rating service. By 1986, most of the current World NASKA tournaments had become part of the KI nucleus of “A” rated tournaments. Not wanting to see the rating system end, the promoters of the “A” rated tournaments at that time agreed to stay together and keep the rating system alive. The promoters of the AKA Grand Nationals (Warrior Cup)Battle of AtlantaDiamond NationalsNew England OpenOcean State Grand NationalsUS Capitol ClassicsUS Open, and a few other tournaments that no longer exist, all joined forces and created, “NASKA” (North American Sport Karate Association). NASKA has added additional world-class tournaments throughout the years and has had as many as 15 World tour tournaments along with National and State tournaments as well.

From 1986 to today, NASKA continues to be the leader in “Open Tournament Sport Karate”, in sanctioning North America’s most prestigious karate tournaments and in giving the world’s greatest karate athletics a forum to display, innovate and develop their talents. To acknowledge our tremendous admiration to all the NASKA Champions over the past 30 plus years a special tribute of the “NASKA Champions Hall of Fame” will soon be introduced.

In 1988 Mr. Carnahan was elected President of the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) and still holds the office today. NASKA is one of the largest sport karate sanctioning and ratings organizations in the world.

As a director of JLB Productions, Inc., and the National Karate Academy of Martial Arts, Mr. Carnahan has helped build the Diamond National Karate Championships into one of the world’s most prestigious and best known Karate Championships.

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Cowboy Up Kickoff

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Mar 5-6
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Nick Smith, Woody Thompson
New Braunfels, Texas United States
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Arkansas Showdown

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Mar 27
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Charles Garrett
Hot Springs, Arkansas United States
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Ocean State Grand Nationals

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Don Rodrigues, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues
Warwick, Rhode Island United States
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East West Karate Challenge

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky United States
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Naperville Challenge

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David Bossinotte, Claire Cocozza, Samuel Gagnon
Quebec City, Quebec Canada
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Jubilee Open

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Sam Boyer, Crissi Boyer
Gulf Shores, Alabama United States
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AmeriKick Internationals

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Bob Leiker, Mark Russo
Atlantic City, New Jersey United States
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Natural State Classic

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May 29
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Keith Bly, Jamie Yowell
Little Rock, Arkansas United States
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Music City SMACDOWN

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Jun 5
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Ronnie Presley, Jason Warren
Lebanon, Tennessee United States
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Battle of Atlanta

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Jun 17-19
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Greg Ruth, Toby Ruth
Atlanta, Georgia United States
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U.S. Open

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Jul 1-3
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Mike McCoy, Mike Sawyer, Cory Schafer
Orlando, Florida United States
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U.S. Capitol Classics China Open

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Aug 5-7
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Dennis Brown, Andrena Brown
National Harbor, Maryland United States
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Compete World Martial Arts Championships

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Sep 3-5
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Mohamad Jahanvash
Ontario, California United States
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Texas Tough

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Diamond Nationals

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Oct 7-9
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Larry Carnahan, John Worley
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
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Pan American Internationals

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Nov 11-13
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Manny Reyes Sr.
Miami, Florida United States
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Battle for the Troops

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Jeremy Talbott
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Toronto International Tournament of Champions

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Dec 3-4
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Michael Palitti
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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2021 NASKA Awards Banquet

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Jan 20
NASKA Awards
John Sharkey, Hunter B. Lyon
Chicago, Illinois United States
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AKA Warrior Cup

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Jan 21-22
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John Sharkey, Hunter B. Lyon
Chicago, Illinois United States
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2021 National Calendar

Cowboy Up Kickoff

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Mar 5-6
3A
Nick Smith, Woody Thompson
New Braunfels, Texas United States
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Arkansas Showdown

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Mar 27
1A
Charles Garrett
Hot Springs, Arkansas United States
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East West Karate Challenge

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Apr 10
2A
Shaun Vickery
Hopkinsville, Kentucky United States
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Naperville Challenge

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Apr 25
3A
John Sharkey, Hunter B. Lyon
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Jubilee Open

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May 1
1A
Sam Boyer, Crissi Boyer
Gulf Shores, Alabama United States
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Natural State Classic

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May 29
1A
Keith Bly, Jamie Yowell
Little Rock, Arkansas United States
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Music City SMACDOWN

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Jun 5
3A
Ronnie Presley, Jason Warren
Lebanon, Tennessee United States
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Texas Tough

Oct 2
3A
Bear Loebe
Houston, Texas United States
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Battle for the Troops

Nov 14
3A
Jeremy Talbott
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2022 National Calendar

2021 NASKA Awards Banquet

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Jan 20
NASKA Awards
John Sharkey, Hunter B. Lyon
Chicago, Illinois United States
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2021 World Calendar

Ocean State Grand Nationals

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Apr 9-11
5A
Don Rodrigues, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues
Warwick, Rhode Island United States
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Quebec Open

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Apr 30 - May 1
5A
David Bossinotte, Claire Cocozza, Samuel Gagnon
Quebec City, Quebec Canada
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AmeriKick Internationals

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May 20-22
6A
Bob Leiker, Mark Russo
Atlantic City, New Jersey United States
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Battle of Atlanta

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Jun 17-19
6A
Greg Ruth, Toby Ruth
Atlanta, Georgia United States
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U.S. Open

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Jul 1-3
6A
Mike McCoy, Mike Sawyer, Cory Schafer
Orlando, Florida United States
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U.S. Capitol Classics China Open

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Aug 5-7
6A
Dennis Brown, Andrena Brown
National Harbor, Maryland United States
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Compete World Martial Arts Championships

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Sep 3-5
6A
Mohamad Jahanvash
Ontario, California United States
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Diamond Nationals

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Oct 7-9
6A
Larry Carnahan, John Worley
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
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Pan American Internationals

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Nov 11-13
5A
Manny Reyes Sr.
Miami, Florida United States
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Toronto International Tournament of Champions

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Dec 3-4
5A
Michael Palitti
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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2022 World Calendar

2021 NASKA Awards Banquet

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Jan 20
NASKA Awards
John Sharkey, Hunter B. Lyon
Chicago, Illinois United States
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AKA Warrior Cup

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Jan 21-22
6A
John Sharkey, Hunter B. Lyon
Chicago, Illinois United States
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