American Karate Academies National Association was founded by GM Jerry Piddington. SideKick Karate of Salisbury is a chartered lifetime member of AKANA, along with karate academies across the United States. AKANA endorses all American Open Karate certifications.
Students are required to join this organization to receive rank certification endorsed by GM 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, which are required for certain belt ranks.
AKANA membership dues are based on belt rank. Students are required to join AKANA or renew their AKANA memberships before they are promoted to certain belt ranks in American Open Karate.
Any dojo that would like to be a part of GM Jerry Piddington's American Karate Lineage is given the opportunity to join AKANA. There are two types of school charter memberships.
AKANA dues are processed at your AKANA chartered dojo. If a student does not belong to an AKANA dojo where rank is obtained, they can mail their application directly to AKANA Headquarters listed below. AKANA applications can be completed at AKANA.org.
P.O. Box 922
China Grove, NC 28023
At Yellow Belt (9th Kyu)
At Green Belt (6th Kyu)
At Red Belt (3rd Kyu)
Black Belts (Shodan & higher)
Nidan & higher (2nd Dan & up)
Godan & higher (5th Dan & up)
At least Yondan (4th Dan & up)
At least Shichidan (7th Dan & up)