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Independent Karate Schools of America has many upcoming events for our students and school families. Refer to this page to find out about upcoming tournaments, promotion testing, school functions and other school related information.

We will also be posting news bulletins or other pertinent information regarding the school, its students, its instructors, or the Master. The calendar will also list these items as well. Make sure you print out the school calendar each month for easy reference.

IKSA Honors Master Bill Wallace  9/28/13  (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
IKSA National Training Seminar Banquet, September 28th, 2013 - Grandmaster Bill "Supefoot" Wallace, shown here with IKSA Executive Director Grandmaster Danny Chapman, was honored here with his lifetime achievement award in recognition of 50 year's of continuous study, practice and teaching of the martial arts.

GM Fritz Promoted to 10th Dan  10/18/14  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
At the recent IKSA National Training Seminar GM Burk promoted GM Bernie Fritz to the rank of 10th Degree Black Belt. Master Burk presented him a beautiful rank certificate and the belt of the Senior Grandmaster (red/black). GM Fritz(WI)has more than 40 years of training in the martial arts. He is the co-executive director of the IKSA.
Also at the seminar Sensei Jon Graves was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt. IKSA instructors who wish to apply for promotion at this year's seminar need to contact GM Chapman at 5rebels@hughes.net.

IKSA Individual Membership Program  7/7/15  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Five Martial Arts Instructors have joined the IKSA as Individual Members. They are: Master Harold Meade-MN Mr Danny Tracy-WI Mr Robert Kopfhamer-WI Sensei Jon Crosby-GA Sensei Brandon Tracy-WI

New Member  2/2/17  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
The IKSA Board of Directors welcomes Mr Bill Bull. He joins the IKSA as an individual member. Mr Bull, from Higden, AR, is an Adv Brown Belt who trained for several years with the late GM George Owens. He will work with the Board to meet the requirements for black belt.

IKSA Turns 35  4/4/17  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
In 1982 Master Floyd Burk and several other like-minded martial artists formed the IKSA. They wanted a non-political organization for traditional instructors and for those of newer systems.The IKSA is still going strong today with more than 40 active schools. The organization hosts a National Training Seminar each September. Although there have been many changes and improvements the IKSA is still there to give "roots" and "wings" to instructors across the world. Happy Birthday IKSA!

2017 National Training Seminar  11/1/17  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Nearly 100 participants attended the 23rd Annual NTS held in Brentwood, TN in September. Although invited guest instructor Bill “Superfoot” Wallace was unable to attend because of a family emergency the event was an unqualified success. IKSA instructors stepped up to fill Master Wallace’s classes. Numerous classes were offered on Friday night and Saturday. On Saturday night the awards/promotions banquet was held. Master Matt Stonerock’s East Nashville AKA school was presented the most supportive school award for having 20 students in attendance. Master Jimmy Smith’s White Tiger Martial Arts school (NJ) was announced as the 2017 IKSA School of the Year. Sensei Neil Ballard (AL) was named the Instructor of the Year. Master Jason Chase was presented with a Milestone Award recognizing his 30 years of training in the martial arts. Two IKSA instructors received promotions. Sensei Ballard was promoted to 3rd Dan and Master Jimmy Smith to 8th. Master Jimmy was awarded the prestigious title of “Grandmaster of the Martial Arts”, and presented with a Hanshi belt. The 24th NTS will be held during the last weekend in September 2018 and will feature Superfoot Wallace.

In Memorium  7/21/18  (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
The IKSA sadly announces the passing of Grandmaster Bernie Fritz. GM Fritz practiced and taught the martial arts for more than 40 years. He was a member of the IKSA for 30 years. In 1999 he was appointed a National Co-Director of the IKSA. He was dedicated to his students and the IKSA. He was an instructor and mentor to Master Burk and Master Chapman. But more importantly he was their friend. When informed of his passing GM Jerry Beasley stated "Bernie was a true gentleman and a legendary fighter in his time. He will be missed!" Please keep Janet, his wife of 56 years, and his family and students in your thoughts and prayers.

Please Contact Us to get more information about any of these upcoming events or if you wish to add an item to our schedule.