An Active Partner in the Community: EVENTS and ARTICLES

Since its establishment in 1969, American Kang Duk Won Karate has prided itself in being actively involved in the communities where classes are taught. The following pictures are intended to display some of the manners in which the organization participates in community functions.

  • 2019 Karate at Lowvillle
  • LOWVILLE — The Lowville Academy and Central School YEAH! Program will once again offer American Kang Duk Won Karate classes for youth in grades 2 through 8, starting with sign-ups Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Lowville Elementary OT-PT activity room.

    Registrations will allow boys and girls from the Lowville area to attend 12 weeks of martial arts classes. Lessons are taught each Saturday morning at Lowville Academy and Central School. Students may also participate in other American Kang Duk Won Karate classes at Copenhagen Central School (Tuesdays) and the Carthage YMCA (Wednesdays). Workouts are taught in a highly respectful and traditional manner. There is no fee required for new students who join through the LACS YEAH! Program.

    The YEAH! Program is a part of the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, which sponsors a wide-range of high interest, positive outcome based youth activities. Courteous behavior, academic standards and regular class participation will be consistently reinforced by class instructors. Weekly classes taught by American Kang Duk Won Black Belt Instructors emphasize karate techniques (blocks, strikes, kicks, forms), self-defense and awareness, body-mind fitness, and exercises intended to build confidence and self-discipline. Students may earn higher belt levels as progress in their studies is achieved. This Saturday’s introductory lesson and sign-ups will be supervised by Master Frank Palumbo, Canton, director of regional AKDWK classes.

    American Kang Duk Won teaches traditional martial arts classes in schools, colleges, and the Family YMCA throughout the North Country’s Tri-County Region. As 2019 begins, students and black belt instructors will be preparing for the school’s 45th Annual Karate Championships, scheduled for March 30th at Jefferson Community College. All members and their families will be welcome to attend.

    For further information about the new YEAH! Lowville lessons, contact Coordinator Carlie Watson, 315-788-8533, or the main office of American Kang Duk Won Karate, 315-788-8402.

    You can also see the actual article at the Carthage Republican Tribune newspaper archives.

  • 2018 Karate at Lowvillle
  • WATERTOWN — American Kang Duk Won and the Lowville YEAH! Program will offer free American Kang Duk Won Karate classes for Lowville area youths in grades 2 to 8. New classes begin this Saturday, April 21, at Lowville Academy and Central School, 7668 N. State St.

    Together, the YEAH! Program and American Kang Duk Won have been offering classes for the past two years and are continuing this partnership. Classes are held in the physical therapy room at Lowville Academy on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    Classes are taught by AKDW black belt instructors and cover basic karate forms, self-defense, self-discipline, fitness, and confidence. The YEAH! Program covers the fee for students to participate and includes a uniform. Join us this Saturday for the beginning of a new session.

    American Kang Duk Won Karate is a traditional martial arts school whose headquarters is located at the Watertown Family YMCA. Classes are taught in locations across the tri-county area of the North Country, throughout Central New York, Ohio, and Kingston, Ont. American Kang Duk Won Karate and self-defense classes have been offered in schools, colleges, and community centers for more than 45 years. Participants of all ages remain actively supportive of community events related to regional school districts, local organizations, and military families. American Kang Duk Won black belt instructors and students will be marching in the Can Am Parade Saturday, July 21.

    For more information about karate lessons for family members of all ages, call 315-788-8402, or visit

    You can also see the actual article at the Lowville Journal and Republican newspaper archives.

  • 44th AKDWK Tournament Composite Poster
  • This beautiful poster was created from photos of various events at the 44th AKDWK Tournament of Champions on March 24, 2018, in Watertown, NY by Hartman and Company of Rensselaer Falls, NY.

  • 2018 Karate at Ogdensburg
  • OGDENSBURG - A free self-defense demonstration and awareness course for all Ogdensburg area youth and adults will be taught by Black Belt Instructors of American Kang Duk Won Karate on Monday at 4:30 p.m. in St. John’s Episcopal parish meeting hall on Caroline Street. The new weekly self-defense and karate program is being taught in an effort to reinforce concepts that improve personal safety and awareness skills. Ogdensburg lessons are being instructed after school from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Monday. Local class members may also receive additional advanced training in Heuvelton on Wednesdays, Canton on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and classes in Madrid on Wednesdays.

    Monday’s family safety event is open to all youth and their parents. Workouts include the practice of a wide-range of self-defense techniques that can eliminate risks during aggressive encounters that typically arise because of bullying, social media exchanges, or aggressive encounters. Common sense approaches for children, teens, and adults who may be dealing similar exchanges, as well as inconsistent home or school communications, are taught as a part of each hour long workout.

    Certified adult instructors of American Kang Duk Won Karate have taught traditional martial arts courses in communities throughout the north country for more than 40 years. Lessons are presented in highly respectful and disciplined manner. Students will improve concentration, confidence, and self-control within a few weeks of starting their lessons. Academic standards are reviewed by class instructors on a regular basis. Workouts offer an outstanding opportunity for all family members to share in a very positive safety and fitness oriented activity.

    Further information related to the new Ogdensburg 2018 spring lessons will be available at the demonstration (IE., intro month of lessons, free uniform). Black Belts Mr. Ron Sellers, Mr. Dan Green, and Master Frank Palumbo (program director) will be conducting the self-defense and karate lessons for area students. See or call 315-386-3029.

    For more information about karate lessons for family members of all ages, call 315-788-8402, or visit

    You can also see the actual article at the The Journal newspaper archives.

  • 2018 AKDWK Jr. Demo Team

  • 2018 Pataskala, OHIO: Newspaper Article

  • American Kang Duk Won Karate black belts awarded.

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    American Kang Duk Won martial artists Andersen Weaver of Pataskala, Daniel Green of New York and Hayden Hanna of Kingston, Ontario, recently tested and received their black belt certifications.

    The certifications came following evaluations that were conducted at the school's main training facility located in the Watertown, New York Family YMCA, according to a news release.

    The tests were coordinated on Jan. 15 by Master Robert Lawlor, president of AKDWK, and a panel of regional directors.

    The candidates were required to perform formal exercises, advanced strikes and blocks, self-defense, knowledge of history of philosophy and teaching techniques, according to the release.

    Rank certification of “Black Belt Instructor” (1st Degree) was presented to each of the candidates at a luncheon attended by family members and fellow martial artists.

    The awards ceremony was held at the Army-Navy American Legion Post 61 with Commander Dwight Doane offering opening remarks in recognition of the "Integrity, Effort, and Dedication" that recipients, their families, and fellow American Kang Duk Won martial artists display in ongoing commitments to their communities.

    American Kang Duk Won teaches karate, safety, and fitness programs to family members and college students at two Central Ohio locations.

    Class sign-ups for 2018 are now available at the following locations: Granville: Monday 6-7 p.m., United Church of Granville; Pataskala: Wednesday 6:30-8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church.

    The instructor for both classes is Jeremy Hopping. For more information, call 614-314-0117.

    You can also see the actual article at the Newark Advocate newspaper archives.

  • 2018 Karate, Fitness, Self-Defense Program at Lowvillle
  • LOWVILLE — The Lowville Academy and Central Schools "YEAH!" Program is sponsoring a series of karate and self-defense lessons throughout the coming semester.

    Workouts will be held each Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the elementary wing of the school in the physical therapy/occupational therapy room at the school, located at 7668 N. State St. Classes include traditional lessons in American Kang Duk Won Karate, personal safety and awareness methods, and exercises for the development of body and mind. Activities are taught by certified adult instructors of American Kang Duk Won Karate.

    The new winter session begins Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a special safety presentation for school district families and their children. Master Frank Palumbo will instruct the start to the new lessons.

    The Lowville YEAH! Saturday lessons are free to all interested youth. Sign-ups and parental permission slips for the new session are now available from Carlie Watson in the YEAH! office. Loose fitting clothing is recommended but uniforms are available once students begin their training. This karate and safety program has been a part of the LACS youth-oriented "YEAH!" offerings for the past five years.

    Additional area classes for community and family members of all ages are also offered at Copenhagen Central School, 3020 Mechanic St., Tuesdays and the Carthage YMCA, 250 State St., on Wednesdays. Members may attend all regional classes that meet weekly.

    The programs emphasize the respectful disciplines of karate and offer excellent learning opportunities to develop focus and confidence. Academic achievement is also emphasized for all school age students.

    Instruction is presented in a non-contact, non-competitive fashion.

    Further details may be obtained by attending any scheduled class or by calling either Mrs. Watson at LACS, 315-376-9010 or Frank Palumbo, AKDWK karate program director, at 315-386-3029.

    You can also see the actual article at the Lowville Journal and Republican newspaper archives.

  • 2018 Colored Belt Testing at Gouverneur
  • Twenty AKDWK students tested for their next rank at the Gouverneur Rec Center on January 23, 2018. Twelve Black Belt Instructors were on hand to assist with the testing procedure.

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  • AKDW Noted in 2016 Watertown Visitors' Guide
  • The AKDW Creepy Creatures Haunted House is listed in the Watertown Visitors' Guide as a notable event for visitors to include in their Watertown experience if they are in the area at Halloween time. We should be very proud that our endeavors are so well received by the community. Below are images of the cover of the Visitors' Guide and and the Community Festivals & Events page with our listing.

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  • 2016 SUNY Alumni Military Appreciation Day
  • The SUNY Canton Baseball Team sponsored a U.S. Military Appreciation Day on April 24, 2016,
    for all SUNY Canton graduates who serve our country.
    Photos by American Kang Duk Won Karate Brown Belt Francesco Palumbo
    (Sports Management Major & SUNY Roos Team Member)

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  • 2015 Christmas Tree at St. Mary's Church, Canton
  • This tree was put up at St. Mary's Church in Canton, by AKDWK students with red, white, and, blue lights to honor the U.S. Veterans.  Annual Gift fruit baskets will once again be made with the assistance of the elementary grades, Nursery-6th, students, and then delivered to community veterans by parish and school families.

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  • 2015 Festival of Trees Award
  • This placque was presented to AKDWK for the continual aid in the setup and take-down of the trees for the Festival of the Trees.

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  • 2015 Children's Christmas Clinic

  • 2015 Creepy Creatures Haunted House
  • The annual Creepy Creatures Haunted House was held in The Historic Paddock Arcade, in downtown Watertown, New York on two weekends prior to Halloween, Friday and Saturday October 16, 17 and 23, 24, 2015.

    The following pictures show the cast from the last night and pictures of the various exhibits.
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  • 2014 Master Palumbo Helps St. Mary's Students Make Holiday Baskets For Veterans
  • Students make Holiday baskets for veterans


    CANTON: Students from St. Mary's recently  prepared Christmas baskets and gifts for 25 local Veterans.

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    From left, Madison Hoy, fifth grade, Gabe Ballard, sixth grade, and Maria Tartaglia, fourth grade,
    all students at St. Mary's School in Canton, stand with Christmas baskets they made for veterans Thursday in the school gymnasium.

    "My favorite part was putting together the baskets," said sixth-grader Grace Sawyko, daughter of Leon T. Sawyko and Carol R. Frank, who was responsible for wrapping the project with cellophane, bows and ribbons. Grace explained how every class worked together to make an individualized card for each veteran. "Our class made one with a line from a Christmas carol," she said, proceeding to sing "Merry Christmas" and reciting the verse that was written on her card. Nursery-school pupils though sixth-graders chimed in singing carols alongside classmates while they admired their finished products Thursday afternoon. Children were responsible for making homemade Christmas cards, setting up fruit and materials needed for the baskets, assembling and wrapping the wicker baskets and topping them off with bows they tied themselves. "Everybody did their part," school Principal Pamelia A. Neal said, explaining the various jobs assigned to each age group. "We're happy to show the veterans our support and give thanks for all that they do for our country."

    The traditional Christmas bundles contained grapefruit, pears, apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, special seasonal confections, flavored tea packets, hot cocoa, a holiday greeting card from the students and a colorful final touch: a small American flag and bow handmade by the students. Money for the supplies was donated by families from the school, while Canton resident Frank A. Palumbo Jr. donated baskets and was responsible for gathering the supplies. His son, Francesco G. Palumbo, a student at SUNY Canton, joined his father and the students in putting the gifts together.

    Frank Palumbo, an American Kang Duk Won karate instructor, helped to organize the event, which was called the "SMS Project" — St. Mary's School Project. His fancy fruit basket traditions now encompass three generations, beginning with his mother, Mary J. Palumbo, and late father, Frank A. Palumbo Sr., who owned and operated Franklin Market located on historic Public Square in downtown Watertown for 30 years before retiring in 1984.  "Seeing all these kids working on the baskets reminded me of myself when I was just barely high enough to look over the counter," he said, reminiscing about his days at his parents' market.

    Mr. Palumbo Jr. recalls working side by side with his parents making hundreds of baskets and ribbons ranging in all sizes during the holidays, which they later would hand-deliver to Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, governmental agencies, hospital patients and staff, and local families throughout the region. He addressed the students gathered together with their colorfully decorated finished baskets resting on the table. "How do you handle the fruit?" Mr. Palumbo asked the group of students. "Carefully!" they shouted in unison, all smiles.

    According to the second-generation basket-maker, the key to making a great basket is making sure that its produce is fresh and that as few people as possible handle the fruit. The holiday bundles were distributed Thursday and Friday to 25 service members residing at Maplewood Nursing Home, 205 State Street Road, and the Canton Housing Authority high-rise apartment complexes at 35 and 37 Riverside Drive.

    Families and students were encouraged to participate in the deliveries that were sure to have brought big smiles from their recipients. Volunteer Debra Ames, a parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church and senior vice president of the Ladies Auxiliary, helped coordinate and assist with deliveries. "Whenever we ask them to do something for the veterans, they always do it," Ms. Ames said. "That's why we call it the school of heart."

  • 2014 Creepy Creatures Haunted House
  • The annual Creepy Creatures Haunted House was held in The Historic Paddock Arcade, in downtown Watertown, New York on two weekends prior to Halloween, Friday and Saturday October 17, 18 and 24, 25, 2014.

    The following pictures show the cast from the last night and pictures of the various exhibits.
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  • 2013 Festival of Trees - Set up

  • 2013 Tuesday, October 29, 2013
  • State Senator Patty Richie sent the karate office a communication, reproduced below, that she observed a news article about AKDW members. In this case, it was a picture of those attending the last summer workout at the Canton Bend in the River Park alongside the Grasse River.

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  • 2013 Creepy Creatures Haunted House
  • The annual Creepy Creatures Haunted House was held in The Historic Paddock Arcade, in downtown Watertown, New York on two weekends prior to Halloween, Friday and Saturday October 18, 19 and 25, 26, 2013.

    The theme for the Haunted House has always been to honor the "Classic Masters of Fright." These Classic Masters might be from memorable short stories, books, or the movies. The exhibits are developed and staffed by members of American Kang Duk Won. Guides escort visitors in small groups and provide commentary for total enjoyment and safety. Visitors of all ages are welcome, even small children, as the intent is for excitement, intrigue, and fun, not gross horror.

    The following pictures show the cast from the last night and pictures of the various exhibits.
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  • 2013 "Service to the Communuty Award"

  • 2010 Various Events during the year
  • Master Instructor Robert Lawlor discusses safety concepts
    with a women's self-defense class at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.


    Master Palumbo addressing an elementary school on the importance of education and being good citizens.
    This address was part of an AKDW demonstration on an activity day at the East Side Elementary School in Gouverneur, NY.


    Master Palumbo (in the above photo sequence) executing a 100 board break in one minute
    at the Gouverneur High School "National Make a Difference Day",
    culminating with his Power Break to complete the feat.

    It was successfully completed in 38 seconds!

    Master Lawlor presents a check
    (The American Kang Duk Won fundraiser for Handicap Physical Education Programs raised nearly $3000 dollars)
    to Mr. John Dixon (Principal GHS) and Mrs. Lauren French (Program Organizer)


  • 2010 Black Belt Women Complete a Canoe Outing
  • Female black belts completed a 2 day, 50 mile
    canoe challenge in the Adirondack mountains of NY


  • 2010 AKDW Members Help Public Radio
  • Members of the Association take part in an annual Public Broadcasting Fundraiser, Watertown, NY station.


  • AKDW Presents Women's Self-Defense classes at SLU
  • Women's Self-Defense Class at St. Lawrence University
    Photos from the Fall 2001 seminar.
    Photos from the Fall 2007 seminar.

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