Australian Karate Federation Executive

Brief History of The Australian Karate Federation Inc

Our Federation was formed in 1970 and our first National team participated in the inaugural World Karate Championships which was held in Japan in that year. From a modest membership in those early years we have constantly grown to our current financial membership of 123 affiliated styles.

In its very early formative years, the Australian Karate Federation Inc. was led by Don Cameron M.P. as President. Don was a marvellous asset in those early years functioning as Team Leader for the first two National Teams and opening many essential doors vital to our development. He was subsequently replaced by John Newman M.P. John Newman contributed an enormous amount of constructive work for our Federation and established much of the stable foundation we currently enjoy. He was replaced by our late President, John Halpin, from 1993 – 2007. Numerous personnel synergized positively throughout the years in the administrative, coaching and refereeing areas to create our current successful Federation. Michael Kassis has been President since 2007.

The Australian Karate Federation Inc. is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and this links us to 170 countries worldwide. Karate as such is one of the ten largest sports in the world. This membership provides us access to both Junior/Cadet and Senior World Championships. Karate currently has full IOC recognition and we eagerly look forward to being placed on the Olympic program. Our Continental Union membership is that of the Oceania Karate Federation which currently has a membership of ten countries. We have always performed extremely successfully in the Oceania Region.

Nationally, AKF Inc. has become officially represented in every State and Territory. Regional development is currently an important focus.

An integral and vital role in our growth and development has always been the funding and educational assistance provided by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). Their guidance, financial support and leadership are gratefully and sincerely acknowledged. Our previous Sports Consultant, Mr. Bob Kershaw, was excellent in his communication with us and established a healthy rapport. Our current Sports Consultant, Ms Renee O’Callaghan, has continued that relationship. Renee offers outstanding support and guidance.

Though small in numbers when compared to many overseas countries, the indomitable Australian fighting spirit also infuses our competitors and this, coupled with some fine coaching skills, has resulted in significant international success. In Kumite, both Charlene Machin and Brian Peakall were World Champions in 1992 and Christine Ferguson (1990 and 1992) and Lourene Bevaart (1994) have been World Cup Champions. Mark Golding also won a gold medal in the World Games in 1997. Christine Ferguson, Lourene Bevaart, Robyn Choi and Mark Golding have all achieved other medal honours. In our last year of APUKO competition, a real highlight for us was when our Australian team actually beat Japan in the team final. Our female team of Lourene Bevaart, Robyn Choi and Kellie Shimmings achieved a bronze medal in the 1996 World Championships. In Kata, Sandy Starling (1982), Claire Curtis (1986) and Danielle Lamond (1994) have all achieved medal victories. Natasha Hardy achieved a silver medal in the World Games in 2005. More recently, Jessica Bratich achieved a bronze medal in the WKF World Championships in Finland in 2006.

Our competitors continue to dominate the OKF Championships and many gold medals and other medals have been won.

Our junior athletes have always performed extremely well in many World ‘Style’ Championships. In the WKF Junior and Cadet World Championships, Shaun Bell won a silver medal in Kumite (2001), in Kata Tim Jovanovic won a bronze medal (2001) and Tsuneari Yahiro won a bronze medal in Kumite (2003).

Our Referee development has been impressive. In the past Tino Ceberano, Frank Nowak, Ragnar Purje, Allan Todd, Bill Wintels and Colin Leong all achieved WKF qualification. Currently Con Kassis, Michael Kassis, Nghia Tran, Dion Panossian, Janette Lynch, Glenn Goodwin, Jon Rawlings, Tony Smith, Dominic Sculli and Rosanna Kassis all have WKF qualifications and Con is currently a member of the WKF Referee Commission. Numerous referees and judges have OKF qualifications. The Chairman of the WKF Referee Council, Mr. Tommy Morris, has been brought to our country many times for educative purposes.

In the international administrative area we have performed with distinction. John Newman was the previous OKF President and member of the WKF Directing Committee. Our late President, John Halpin, held these positions as well as being WKF Treasurer. Our previous National Treasurer, Arch Brown, is also OKF Treasurer. Brian Peakall is the OKF representative on the WKF Athletes Commission and subsequently appointed Chairman of the WKF Athletes Commission. These appointments contribute significantly to our international prestige.

Numerous National coaches over the years have contributed to our competitive performance. They are as follows: Tamio Tsuji, Brian Mackie, Richard Bradford, Alan Murdoch, Branco Bratich, Elizabeth Mahler, Bruce Hyland, Tony Hails, Sal Ebanez and Morgan Abouzeid. Able assistance was provided by numerous assistant national coaches.

A key influence in our coaching/athlete development was the tactical brilliance of Mr. Antonio Oliva. His influence on our Federation has been extremely positive and he was the catalyst leading to our international successes. Ticky Donovan, Jean Marc Schedel, Junior Lefevre and Ioannis Kanellis have also made positive contributions to our development.

The National Executive has embarked on a revised Coaching/Athlete Development Plan. Significant progress has been achieved in the development of this plan and it is now fully operational. It should considerably enhance talent identification, skill acquisition, specific fitness (both mental and physical) and tactical insight. Constant monitoring and evaluation should produce the success for which we are aiming.

The National Executive continues to ensure our Core Values of Excellence, Ethics and Equity underpin all our decision making as we work diligently for the benefit of all stakeholders.


Purpose and objective


  1. The purpose of the Association shall be to diffuse true Karate to the community, to foster Karate on a National level, to develop the art of Karate as well as the spirit and physical culture of the members of the Association and to standardize grading’s. It shall cover all practitioners of Karate in the Commonwealth of Australia.

  2. The aims and objectives of the Association shall be –

  • To support, develop, protect and advance the practice of Karate throughout the Commonwealth of Australia.

  • To establish universal criteria for standards, and the recognition of instructors and grading’s.

  • To organize Karate Championships.

  • To select and support contestants in National and International Karate Championships.

  • To promote the proper, healthy and lawful practice of Karate and to repress all abuses of Karate in accordance with the Code, referred to in Rule 3, clause 1 (j).

  • To prevent racial, religious, sexual or political discrimination among practitioners of Karate.

  • To co-operate with, support and assist other organizations, bodies and parties, which, in the opinion of the Association promote the best interests of Karate.

  • To communicate with, affiliate with, or enter into relationships, with other organizations, associations, bodies and societies whether in Australia or outside Australia in such a way as to further the interests of Karate.

  • To liaise with government and semi governmental bodies both State and Federal and to apply for and pursue applications for governmental assistance and support.

  • To enter into legal and other arrangements and relationships of a business or commercial nature such as may be necessary to promote the interest of Karate and to do all such other lawful things as are incidental to or conducive to the attainment of the objects of the Association.

  • The association shall organize a national tournament once a year under the rules laid down by the World Karate Federation (W.K.F) or any variations thereof

  • The property and income of the Association shall be applied solely and exclusively to the promotion of its objectives and no part may be applied, directly or indirectly, by way of pecuniary profit to a member.

Common code of ethics

In accordance with the following standards for correct conduct and practice, all members of the Australian Karate Federation Inc. all accept and abide by the following rules as representatives of the A.K.F:

  • Co-operate with the Australian Karate Federation in establishing and conducting a quality program of sport karate.

  • Work towards the positive promotion of Karate in the community.

  • Behave in a dignified manner whilst representing the Federation in any capacity, and that personal conduct will always be such as to uphold and not injure the standing and reputation of the A.K.F. within the community.

  • Refrain from the misuse of any official position for personal gain by way of exaggerated or unsubstantiated claims, fraudulent practice or sexual harassment.

  • Adhere to the official dress code whilst representing the Federation.

  • Neither possesses, nor use, prohibited drugs or any banned substances, nor participate in any activity that is illegal or contrary to the policies or interests of the Federation.

  • Make every effort to respect the rights of all people involved in Karate regardless of gender, race, religion or social status.

  • Endeavour to regularly improve and upgrade knowledge and professionalism as a representative of the Federation.

  • Keep confidential all matters, which may be learned, in any official capacity

Rules of Association

Australian Karate Federation Inc. Rules of Association

AKF Rules of Association

Important By Law

  1. Only one State or Territory Body will be recognised for each State or Territory.
  2. All officials, coaches and competitors participating in National Championships and other official activities specified by the National Executive must belong to the State or  Territory body duly recognised by the AKF Inc.
  3. All observers at the Annual General Meeting will require prior endorsement by the  National Executive and such endorsement requests must be received by the National  Secretary at least 14 days prior to the AGM. It is at the discretion of the National  Executive to approve or disapprove of the attendance of such observers.




President Frank Husey 0419 518 300



PO Box 194
Kent Town SA 5071

President Mr. Glen Scott 0411 101 676



PO Box 1061
Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340

President Mr. John Frazzetto 0413 752 708
Secretary Maria Alexiadis


Australian Karate Federation of Western Australia

5 Stirling Waters Ave
Phone: 94464230

  • Chair Board Vasilios Gotsis
  • Chair Finance Gavin Forrest
  • Chair Referees Justin Dowell
  • Chair Coaching Kelly Boar
  • Director Drew Ridley
  • Director Tom Pettitt




PO Box 300
Hoxton Park NSW 2171

President Mr. George Barounis 02 9709 3596
0414 963 444
Secretary Mr. Hani Zahra 0419 270 993
Public Officer Mr. Wally Zahra 0419 270 993



PO Box 971
Sunnybank Qld 4109


President Mr Jon Rawlings
Vice-President Mr Trevor Roberts
Secretary / Tournament Coordinator Ms Ann Hill
Treasurer Mr Alan Key
State Coaching Director Mr Glenn Irvine
Referee’s Council Chair Mr Jon Rawlings
Executive Committee Mr Peter Harth (Rockhampton Region)
Mr Stephen Kelly
Mr Kazue Matsumoto (Cairns Region)
Mr Sean Lawrence
Mr Colin Punyer

AKF Anti Match Fixing Policy

The AKF has endorsed the following anti match fixing policy (7 December 2013)

AKF Anti Match Fixing Policy – Endorsed 07.12.13

AKF Inc Smoke Free Policy


The federation recognises that passive smoking is hazardous to health and that non-smokers should be protected from tobacco smoke.

Accordingly, the following policy devised by the AKF inc applies to all its members’ administrators, officials, coaches, athletes, students and visitors of the AKF Inc and venues used by the AKF Inc from 1st July 2002.

Policy on smoking

The AKF Inc policy requires the following areas to be Smoke-free:
• administration, eating and office areas to be smoke-free
• smoking not to be permitted in indoor: spectator viewing and playing areas
• change rooms, shower areas and toilet blocks to be smoke-free
• access to seated areas, toilets and food outlets to be smoke-free
• cigarettes not to be sold by canteen at venues for meetings
• hiring out a venue by any member of the Federation to be smoke-free
• hiring of venues by the Federation to also follow the smoke-free policy of that venue
• all social functions, junior event and competitions, dinners, fundraising events, workshops
and seminars and meetings of the Federation are to be smoke-free
• coaches, trainers, volunteers and officials to refrain from smoking while they are acting in
an official capacity
• athletes are to refrain from smoking while in state tracksuit or Gi (uniform)
• the effects of smoking on performance to be discussed with junior players
• code of behaviour for coaches, officials and athletes will include smoke-free behaviour
under the Drugs and Alcohol section by July-2001


Non-compliance with this policy by Federation members may result in the Australian
Sports Commission ceasing all funding to technical development. Athletes in breach of this
policy may have their scholarships revoked or future scholarship applications denied.
Anyone wishing to discuss any aspect of this policy is invited to contact the chairperson of
the committee. Thank you for your cooperation.

Policy review

The policy on smoking will be reviewed six (6) months after its introduction and then on an
annual basis. This will ensure that the policy remains current and practical.