AKDS Organization

       American Karate-Do Shotokai is a nationwide non-profit organization that is overseen by a Presidency, a Technical Group, and an Administrative Group.  Any practitioner who holds the rank of at least 1st dan black belt, and who is an active member in good standing, can become certified to run an individual club anywhere in the nation (all members of the Presidency and Technical Group are a also Certified Instructors).  Assistant instructors are those of rank 1st Kyu Brown Belt or 2nd Kyu Green Belt who have been authorized to help instruct at a club.  Such assistants always act under the direction of a Certified Black Belt Instructor.