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Mississippi Karate Association
The Mississippi Karate Association was founded in 1977 by David Mabry. The Board of Directors, President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary govern the MKA. There are also Associate Board Members. All of the individuals serving are experienced karateka with extensive backgrounds in both competition and the instruction of the Martial Arts.
The MKA operates under the austerity of rules and regulations that ensure every competitor an opportunity to enjoy fair competition with strict rules prohibiting excessive contact. There are four "A-Rated" sanctioned tournaments held each year with over 100 divisions ranging from Mini-Tots, ages 4-5, to the adult men and women black belt division. Tournaments are open to all styles and competition includes kata, kumite, weapons, synchronized kata, creative kata, and team sparring.
Every competitor who is a member of our association accumulates points for a first through fourth place finish in their division. The competitor who accumulates the most points in their division (and has competed in the required amount of tournaments) earns the state champion title for the year. An awards banquet is held at the end of the tournament year with each state champion receiving recognition. Special awards voted on by the board of directors are also presented during the banquet. Each year prominent members of the martial arts community are inducted into the Mississippi Karate Association Black Belt Hall of Fame.