The AJKA-I Executive Committee

The AJKA-I is an international independent
JKA Style Shotokan Karate Association.

Leslie Safar Edmond Otis

Leslie Safar - 9th DAN
International Technical Director
AJKA-I Chief Instructor - Europe

Edmond Otis - 8th DAN
International Chairman
AJKA-I Chief Instructor -
North America

Leslie Safar, AJKA-I co-founder, has practiced Shotokan karate since 1958. He is well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his mastery as an instructor, his intense focus on the core technical principles of Shotokan Karate, and the development of instructor training programs dedicated to building the total instructor. Sensei Safar tours the United States on a regular basis, but spends the majority of his time teaching, directing, and developing AJKA-I karate in Hungary, and throughout Europe.

Visit http://americanjka.org/ to find out more about the AJKA in Hungary and Europe, or write Sensei Safar directly at: safar@americanjka.org to contact him.

Edmond Otis has practiced Shotokan karate since 1967, and is internationally known as a competitor, instructor, coach, and judge. He is acclaimed for his innovative and dynamic teaching style, and is considered by many to be one of the premier karate instructors of his generation. Sensei Otis currently divides his time between the US and New Zealand, and travels extensively for the AJKA-I, conducting seminars that focus on all aspects of karate practice. He directs the West Coast AJKA-I Instructor Training Program.

Visiting Southern California? Train at a Riverside Branch: UC Riverside or in Orange Crest, or at the Carlsbad Karate Club. New Zealand? Train at Shotokan Karate Hawke's Bay. You can contact him directly by calling 760.612.7029, or write him at: e.otis@americanjka.com.


Randall Hassell - 8th DAN

Randall Hassell - 8th DAN
President

Randall Hassell, AJKA-I co-founder and President, is a world-renowned author and martial arts scholar who began training in 1960. He has written over two dozen books and 100 articles on the history, training and philosophy of traditional karate, and brings to our association a world of experience and wisdom. Hassell is Chief Instructor of the American Shotokan Karate Alliance (ASKA) and President of Damashi Publications, a book publishing and video production company in St. Lewis. Located in Missouri, Sensei Hassell can be reached at rhassell@ShotokanCentral.com.


David Gomez - 4th DAN

John Hanratty - 7th Dan
Chairman of North American Technical Committee
Chief Instructor and President - Canadian Shotokan Karate Association (CSKA/AJKA-I Canada)

John Hanratty has been training and teaching Shotokan Karate for over 38 years. Originally from the KUGB and the Red Triangle Dojo in England, he has devoted his energies to developing Shotokan in Canada and throughout North America. Sensei Hanratty is renown for his motivational skills, communication and teaching methods, plus an in-depth knowledge of Karate history, application and technique. Sensei Hanratty can be contacted directly at cska@telus.net.


Nick Palise - 6th DAN

Nick Palise - 6th DAN
SENIOR NATIONAL ADVISOR

Nick Palise, AJKA-I Senior National Advisor, has practiced JKA style Shotokan karate since 1965, and is founder and president of the Michigan Karate Association. His experience and deep knowledge of the technical, financial and organizational aspects of traditional karate practice allows him to serve a unique role as mentor and advisor to AJKA instructors, clubs and senior black-belts. Located in Michigan, Sensei Palise can be reached at mkamich@comcast.net.


Anthony DeSardi - 6th DAN

Anthony DeSardi - 6th DAN
National Technical Committee
AJKA-I National Coach

Tony Desardi, with over 30 years of training, has devoted a lifetime to Karate. His extensive experience as a successful international competitor, former national champion, and coach, in addition to decades of teaching and leadership experience have made him a highly respected member of the international Karate community. Located in Illinois, Sensei DeSardi can be reached at mska@sbcglobal.net.


Avi Azoulay - 6th DAN

Avi Azoulay - 7th DAN
National Technical Committee

Avi Azoulay, AJKA-I National Technical Committee, has practiced Shotokan karate since 1972. A respected instructor in Israel, he championed the Israel Open Karate Championships 2 consecutive years in a row. Azoulay moved to the United States in 1985 and began teaching and competing. In 1987 he established the American JKA of New York, where he teaches today, and in 1989 won 2 silver medals at World Maccabiah. Azoulay is known for high technical level and his understanding of all aspects of Shotokan karate. Sensei Azoulay can be reached directly at info@americanjka-ny.com.


Randall Hassell - 8th DAN

Rob DeAngelis - 7th Dan
National Technical Committee
Director AJKA-I East Coast National Training Center
Director East Coast AJKA-I Instructor Training Program

Rob DeAngelis' passion is to share his love of karate with his students through personalized, motivating and insightful instruction. His focus is on conveying the importance of details and how they come together to produce powerful techniques and confident students. A successful veteran of national and international competition, Sensei DeAngelis is Director of the AJKA-I East Coast Training Center - The Solbury Club, in Buckingham, PA - www.soleburyclubkarate.com, and also the AJKA-I East Coast Instructor Training Program. You can contact Sensei DeAngelis directly at rdeangelis@thesoleburyclub.com.


David Gomez - 4th DAN

Kevin Warner - 7th Dan
National Technical Committee
Director AJKA-I West Coast National Training Center

Kevin Warner has practiced traditional karate for over 25 years. An international competitor, he has won numerous national sparring and form championships. In 1997, he captured an individual bronze medal at World Shotokan Karate Championships, and in 2002, at the KWF World Championships. Sensei Warner is Director of the AJKA-I's West Coast Training Center, at the University of California, Riverside. Contact Sensei Warner directly at kwarner520@gmail.com.


Robert Myles, M.D. - 6th DAN

Robert Myles, M.D. - 6th DAN
National Technical Committee

Robert Myles, AJKA-I National Technical Committee, has over 25 years of traditional martial-arts experience. In addition to being known for his excellent technique and explosive kicking abilities, he is also a world renowned orthopedic spine surgeon. Sensei Myles combines his thorough understanding of classic shotokan principles with his in depth knowledge of body dynamics and mechanics to create a unique martial arts resource for the AJKA. Located in Texas, Sensei Myles can be reached at myles@AmericanJKA.com.


David Gomez - 4th DAN

David Gomez - 4th DAN
Media & Communications Advisor

David Gomez, AJKA-I media and communications advisor, has studied Shotokan Karate since 1978, and is chief instructor of the Georgia Karate Academy. Well known for his quality of teaching, he is also an accomplished graphic artist, author, multimedia producer, and desktop publisher who primarily uses his talents to create karate-related educational books and multimedia. Located in Georgia, Sensei Gomez can be reached at gka2@bellsouth.net.