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Photo of the Week: Goldilocks & the Three Dogs

Goldilocks & The Three Dogs

Featured this week are Nicole “Goldilocks” Hackler, her husband Warren, an heroic Marine who served America with honor and distinction for 26 years (now retired), and their loves – Clyde (the red male Shiba Inu) and Kiba (the black and tan female Shiba-Japanese for “Fang!).

Goldilocks was one of the movers and shakers of the Karate Institute of America during her time with us. She achieved a 2nd Degree Brown belt rating before her husband was reassigned to another state so, unfortunately, she was not able to reach Black Belt, although she would have done so had she been able to stay in the area, no doubt.

Goldilocks is smart, tough, lovely and accomplished. A professional Civil Engineer (designated “P.E.”), Nicole was the project manager for the Yadkin River bridge project, listed as one of the Top 10 bridges rated by Road and Bridge magazine! This chick takes no prisoners! She knows how to handle a crew, for sure. Yet, she is as professional as they come. We are so very proud of her and her accomplishments and blessed that she was with us as long as she was.

We are also extremely proud of her husband, Warren, and his devoted service to America. He is a great guy, and together they make a terrific couple. We truly miss them, but destiny will have her way. We wish them all the best as they move into a new phase of their life together.

And, especially, THANK YOU, GOLDILOCKS, for your unique spirit, effervescent personality, loving manner and devoted support of the KIA throughout all these years. We are certainly blessed that your spirit is forever etched into the history and legacy of the Karate Institute of America.

God Speed to you Nicole and Warren.

Photo of the Week: Renegade Black Belt Champion Archer

Renegade Black Belt Champion Archer

The Karate Institute of America is proud to announce that we have a California State Archery Champion within our martial arts family. She is Rose “Renegade” Hoberg, the 12th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu (1990). Rose is the current California State Indoor Champion in the Masters 50 Recurve division.

Husband Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg is the 21st Black Belt of the KIA and an archer as well. It is extremely satisfying to see our KIA family members so dynamically active and successful. Congrats, Renegade! Next step, “Robinette of the Hood!”

Photo of the Week: Power Punching for Self-defense

Power Punching for Self-defense

Defending yourself successfully requires more than simply thinking you’re tough. It requires knowledge of what to do, how to do it, when to do it and even when not to act.

Neutralizing an adversary with a punch requires more than pumping your fists or flailing your arms. To have a powerful punch mandates knowing the physics of power, how to construct a fist that won’t collapse on impact and much more. If you want to have dynamic and devastating power, King’s Karate POWER PUNCHING SERIES, VOLUME 1 – SECRETS OF DYNAMIC POWER will give you the knowledge you need. Check it out at Amazon.

Photo of the Week: Don’t Mess With This Mother!

Don't Mess with This Mother

When having to seriously injure an attacker is your only option to survival, all things being equal, the first target is the eyes. Drum this into your psyche: eyes, eyes, eyes! No one who gets hit in the eyes enjoys the experience, quite the contrary. Eye strikes with the fingers, pens, pencils, credit cards or other implements with either points or edges will all be devastating to an attacker.

In our photo this week, Christa (a mother of two), practices an aggressive double eye strike on hubby Mike. Of course, they’re just practicing, but practicing is critical to always being ready. Never think that you’ll be able to respond having never practiced. It won’t happen. Preparation is the key to success, always. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

Are you ready to protect yourself? Your loved ones? Do you have daughters going off to college or wives who would benefit from training? Private lessons, workshops, and company events in self-defense are a specialty of ours. Contact King @ or visit King’s Karate.

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Photo of the Week: The Sai Guy

The Sai Guy

He’s young, determined and … cute. He’s our new “Sai Guy,” Aidan the “Smasher.” So many of our current 63 Black Belts of the Kiado-Ryu began at a young age and grew to be talented martial artists. Aidan is a fine young man. His brother, Tristan, aka, “Raptor,” will be our 64th Black Belt sometime this year. He, too, started at a young age and has grown into an exemplary individual, thanks to his wonderful parents. We look forward to Aidan and his future growth both as a person and martial artist.

Photo of the Week: Self-Defense Success: Body Targets

Self-Defense Success: Body Targets

As every Karate Institute of America and King’s Karate student knows, to be successful in a self-defense situation, as well as keeping yourself safe, it is important to have a working knowledge of body targets – those areas of the body which, when impacted, yield devastating results. Knowing where to strike is just as important as knowing how to strike.

Our “Body Targets” DVD illustrates the best targets on the human body and how to strike them for maximum effect. It is available for digital rental or purchase at Amazon.

Photo of the Week: The Pen Cushion Defense

The Pen Cushion Defense

Ah, yes! It is true – the pen is mightier than the sword … when used literarily. Indeed, words, via the pen, have changed the world. Case in point, the Declaration of Independence.

But the pen has other practical and beneficial uses, one being an implement of self-defense. Our photo of the week features “The Pen Cushion” to make a graphically visual statement, which is that the pen is an impaling weapon when used appropriately and correctly. It is one of the common utensils in our Unlikely Weapons instructional DVD series, available at Amazon or at King’s Karate.

Photo of the Week: Unlikely Weapons

Unlikely Weapons

“UNLIKELY WEAPONS” are common everyday implements you can use as self-defense tools to protect yourself and your loved ones. “King’s Karate Unlikely Weapons, Volume 1” will teach you the dynamic power of simple pens, pencils, keys, clipboards, books, magazines and more. It is available on Amazon. It can also be ordered from our King’s Karate website in various formats.

Check it out.

Having this knowledge will give you the power of confidence!

Photo of the Week: KIA’s Eldest Sage Black Belt

KIA's Eldest Sage Black Belt


Dr. Milton Jacobson, aka “Super Zedha” just turned 90 years old on Christmas Day! Happy Birthday Dr. J.!

Milt Jacobson, the 3rd of currently 63 KIA Black Belts, began his Karate Institute of America journey at age 54. He earned his 1st Dan Black Belt ranking at age 60! And he’s still going strong at age 90, thirty years later. Milt is quite an inspiration, and he certainly leads by example. So for any of you who think you’re too old to start your martial arts studies, think again!

These photos were taken in the early 80s. They are courtesy of, and copyright by, Genny “Cougar” Edge, KIA Black Belt #13.