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Photo of the Week: Raptor & Barracuda in Test Prep Mode

Raptor & Barracuda in Test Prep Mode

Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett pose, reluctantly, during a forced photo op in order to highlight their upcoming tests in late August. Raptor will be going for his 3rd degree Brown Belt and Barracuda will be testing for her Purple Belt.

Best wishes to them both!

Photo of the Week: Barracuda & the Guys

Barracuda & The Guys

Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett joins the guys as she prepares for her upcoming Purple Belt test. Barracuda will be testing at the same time that Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet tests for his 3rd degree Brown Belt. Remember when Raptor was small? Not any more, to the chagrin of us who have to fight him!

Photo of the Week: Bob Gets Some Love

Bob Gets Some Love

Hannah “Hannibal” gives Bob some love to help him feel better after she spends some time beating up on him. Actually, Bob loves the attention, no matter how he gets it!

If you look at Hannah’s feet, you can see why her second call sign is “Socks.” She always wears different socks on different feet. Today’s session is no different. Cute.

Photo of the Week: Hannibal Socks

Hannibal Socks

Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian is known for her flair, as well as her martial artistry. Notice her feet? She’s wearing a different sock on each foot. This unique artistic touch has garnered her a second call sign, “Socks.” Hannah’s spirit is as fun as her wardrobe! She’s a delightful young woman, up and coming martial artist, and, by the way, she employs a wicked right punch!

Photo of the Week: Never Mess With a Raptor

Never Mess With a Raptor

Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (pronounced “Light foot”) easily dispatches his attackers—Chris “Growler” Grau (red gi top) and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (all black gi). Raptor has come a long way up since his younger, and much shorter, days as a raptor fledgling. He will be testing for his 3rd degree Brown Belt soon. We’re really proud of him. Stay tuned.

Photo of the Week: Blast From the Past: “E.T. On the Edge”

Blast from the Past: "E.T. on the Edge"

Hard to believe this photo was taken twenty-eight years ago in 1986. In many ways it seems like yesterday.

Sparring with each other are Eric “E.T.” Tan and Jimmy “Moneyman” Edge, both of whom have grown into fine men. Eric is the 22nd Black Belt of the KIA. Jimmy is the son of Genny “Cougar” Edge, the 13th KIA Black Belt.

In the foreground on the left is Clark “Flash” Hyman, a green belt then but who became the KIA’s 16th Black Belt in 1991.

Against the curtain in the black gi (uniform) next to the young man in the white gi is Jason “J.B.” Brown, the KIA’s 15th Black Belt (1990). Two people to his left in the red boots and black gi is Colin “Semi” Lee who became our 5th Black Belt, receiving his 1st Dan rating in 1988.

On the right in the white gi top is Jerry “Bones” Gentry, the KIA’s 2nd Black Belt. Sadly, Bones, a 2nd Dan Black Belt, passed on in 2012.

(Photo owned and copyrighted by Genny Edge)

Photo of the Week: Don “Quindar” Quinn

Don "Quindar" Quinn

The Karate Institute of America has been blessed with wonderful people throughout its history. One of the classiest, yet toughest, individuals is Don “Quindar” Quinn, the 7th Black Belt of the KIA. Quindar received his 1st Dan rating in 1988. Always a gentleman, and always in control, Don was a rock-solid inspiration of what a true Kiado-Ryu Black Belt is.

Photo of the Week: Achilles’ Family: Post-test Selfie

Achilles' Family: Post-test Selfie

The Karate Institute of America has entered the Age of the Selfie! Pictured in this selfie (taken after Achilles’ Purple Belt test) are the Cardens. From left to right in the front row are: Big sister Sofia, Jake, mom Annette and dad Mark. Mr. King was graciously invited to join the photo.