20 Karate clubs and 200 athletes participated in the 2012 Pacific Northwest AAU Karate District Championships and National Qualifier on May 5, 2012 at Edmonds Heights Gymnasium in Edmonds, Washington. Athletes ages 5 through adult, beginner, novice, intermediate, and advanced competed in Kata (form), Kumite (free sparring), Kobudo (weapons), and Synchronized Kata. Opening ceremonies began with all children karate athletes receiving a medal for participation as part of the athlete march-in to the music “Fanfare to the Common Man”. All dojos represented were acknowledged, followed with special awards for outstanding service to those Sensei who volunteered as part of the referee corps. Nicolas Blandino recited the AAU Athlete Oath with confidence and clarity. The Oustanding Support School was awarded to Lake Chelan Shotokan, Sensei Chuck Weathersby. Our friends from Canada were in attendance represented by Sensei Frank Clayton of Canadian Martial Arts Academy and Sensei Kenny Lim of West River Karate, as well as our long time suppporters from Eastern and Western Washington, and Oregon. The opening ceremonies concluded with the National Anthem for both Canada and the United States of America. The 30 volunteer officials operated 6 rings efficiently, effectively, and safely. Many of the officials had been training for months to sharpen their technical understanding in applying the AAU Karate rules. We are grateful for each and every one of the officials and volunteers. All the sensei and their students along with their family and friends contributed to a very memorable, competitive, and exciting day of traditional sport karate. Athletes who competed in the event qualified to attend the 2012 AAU National Karate Championships, scheduled this July 2-July 7 in St. Charles, Illinois. USA Karate Academy of Shoreline, WA hosted the event, directed by Joni and Alan Sharrah. The students, parents, and families of USA Karate Academy dojo contributed greatly to the success of this event by working diligently behind the scenes before, during, and following the tournament. We are deeply thankful for their help and support.