“I am happy to have completed this lifelong project and I have confidence that we can pass on the true
Art of Traditional Karate to future 
generations.  Now it is your time to meet the new challenges 
and accept the
opportunities offered by this body of knowledge so that Traditional Karate may continue to grow and develop for
the benefit of all that strive for
higher levels of understanding . . . both mind and body.”  

–  Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama

Executive Officers

The Executive Officers are members of the Board of Directors. The AAKF’s current Executive Officers are: Alex Tong (President), Robert Fusaro (Vice President), Albert Cheah (Secretary), and Mahmoud Tabassi (Treasurer).

The Executive Director is responsible for executing the directives of the Board and overseeing the overall functioning of the AAKF.  Sensei Richard Kageyama is the current Executive Director of the AAKF.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee serves a critical role in upholding the high standards of traditional karate practiced by AAKF Members.  The Committee is responsible for establishing, developing, and administering the technical rules and regulations for examinations, ranking, and competition as well as any other activity where technical content is an issue.


Robert Fusaro / 9th Dan
Chairman / Senior Council
Member / Senior Advisory Committee

Sensei Fusaro is one of the highest ranking non-Japanese karateka living in the United States. Sensei Fusaro first started karate in 1955 while stationed in Japan and has been training and teaching ever since. He is the owner and chief instructor at Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis – one of the oldest dojos in the country. Sensei Fusaro also teaches accredited classes and the student club at the University of Minnesota.

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Mahmoud Tabassi / 7th Dan
Treasurer, Vice Chairman / Senior Council
Member / Senior Advisory Committee

Sensei Tabassi is an AAKF official and Vice President of the World Traditional Karate-do Federation (WTKF). His martial arts background is extensive, having won both national and international championships as an athlete, and providing over 50 years of expertise to students from around the world. Under his tutelage, several of his students are long-time USA Team members, national, and international champions. Alongside his colleagues, Sensei Tabassi is expanding Traditional Karate across the US and globe.


Alex Tong / 6th Dan
President, Junior Council

Sensei Alex Tong started his karate training in 1971.  In 1982, Tong founded JKA Dallas, and has developed many black belts throughout his years of teaching.  Sensei Tong holds a 7th dan within the AAKF.  Tong is an ITKF Class A judge, judging in the AAKF Nationals, ITKF Pan Am and World Championships. Tong is currently the President of the AAKF, a member of the AAKF Technical Committee, and a member of the AAKF Executive Board of Directors.


Albert Cheah / 5th Dan
Secretary, Junior Council

Sensei Cheah is the Chief Instructor of Orange County JKA in California.  A student of  Sensei Nishiyama’s since 1975, Sensei Cheah is known for his swift execution and surprising power.  His credentials include:  AAKF Executive Director & Technical Committee Member; ITKF-certified International Judge, National Coach & National Examiner; 7-Time U.S. National Champion and a 10-Time U.S. National Team Member.


Richard Kageyama / 5th Dan
Executive Director, Junior Council

Sensei Kageyama started his karate training in 1965, receiving his Godan from Sensei Nishiyama. He is owner and chief instructor of Monterey Park Karate Club in California.   Sensei Kageyama is a regular national seminar instructor and an internationally ranked judge.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of the AAKF.


Regional Leadership

The AAKF is governed by a Board of Directors elected by members from its 11 geographic regions.  The role of the Board is to promote the education and instruction of karate through the facilitation of seminars, camps, and competitions.  The Board is supported in this role by committees comprised of Board-appointed members.