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AKKF GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA
The AKKF AMERICAN KARATE KUNG-FU FEDERATION HAD ITS BEGINNING IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE FEDERATION WAS FORMED IN 1967, IN BETHLEHEM, PA. BY LOUIS D. CASAMASSA.

SOME OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE AKKF ARE:
GRAND MASTER AL SMITH 10TH DEGREE BLACK BELT

MASTER AL SMITH JR. "SMITTY"
MASTER SCOTT LECHKI
MASTER RON HEIMBACH  (DECEASED)
MASTER DAVE SMITH
MASTER VINCE WARD
MASTER JOHN WENNINGER
SENSEI JOE DAVIDSON
SENSEI NICK SCHRAM
SENSEI DON JONES
SENSEI BOB QUAMAN
SENSEI MARITA SOLTICS
MASTER CHRIS CASAMASSA
SENSEI KATHY HEIMBACH
SENSEI TOM EPPS

THERE ARE SO MANY MORE AND I WISH TO THANK ALL OF THEM FOR BEING THERE.  I WILL LIST MORE AS I REMEMBER THEM.

THE ABOVE LIST OF STUDENTS BEGAN THEIR TRAINING WITH MR. CASAMASSA AND WENT FROM WHITE BELT TO BLACK BELT. AFTER SHIHAN SENSEI MOVED TO CALIFORNIA IN 1971, MANY OF THEM CONTINUED TRAINING WITH OTHER INSTRUCTORS AND DIFFERENT STYLES. HOWEVER, EVERYONE OF THOSE LISTED WERE PROMOTED TO BLACK BELT BY THE AKKF AND SHIHAN SENSEI CASAMASSA.
MASTER VINCE WARD WAS THE FIRST BLACK BELT IN THE AKKF.

CURRENT AKKF STUDIOS IN PENNSYLVANIA
AL SMITH, IMPERIAL RED DRAGON IN EASTON AND NAZARETH PA.
PORTION OF ORIGINAL AKKF STUDIO IN PA.
IN LINE UP AT FRONT ARE NICK, TOM, AL, MARITA, ALL WERE BROWN BELTS WHEN PHOTO WAS TAKEN. EXCEPT NICK.
PHOTO DATE APPROX 1966
AKKF MEMBERS, READING, PA. SENSEI TERRY HAYFORD, SENSEI LOU CASAMASSA, SENSEI RON HEINBACH, SENSEI PAT DUNCAN.
GEORGE DILLMAN TOURNAMENT, 1970.
FROM RIGHT TO LEFT, MASTER DANNY PAI, MASTER GEORGE DILLMAN, SENSEI DAVE SMITH.  KNEELING IN FRONT, SENSEI LOU CASAMASSA.
MORE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW, STILL WORKING SITE..