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Photo of the Week: Don’t Forget the Heroes

Don't Forget the Heroes

Although written for Vietnam era military service personnel at the time, Don’t Forget the Heroes is a patriotic, passionate and moving tribute to all American men and women who serve, are serving and will serve the “Flag of the Free,” especially those who have paid, and will pay, the ultimate price in defense of liberty.

Endorsed by General Norman Schwarzkopf and Ross Perot …

“Don’t Forget the Heroes” is a wonderful tribute to all of us who served in Vietnam, both the living and the dead, and the families at home who also paid a price for loving a service member.

~ H. Norman Schwarzkopf-General, U.S. Army, Ret.

This CD will mean a great deal to everyone who lost a loved one in Vietnam, and will serve as a poignant reminder to every American that we should never forget those who sacrifice their lives for our country.

~ Ross Perot

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Photo of the Week: Beauty & the Bob

Beauty & The Bob

Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian delivers, joyfully, a palm thrust to Bob during her workout. Notice the bend in Bob’s neck. Ouch! And Hannah’s eyes—totally focused. Too, check out her right hand. It’s perfectly placed and ready to deliver its own strike. Poor Bob. At least his pain is at the hand of one of the sweetest martial artists in KIA history. And don’t think this chick can’t hit. Believe me, she can…and does. I have the bruises to prove it!

Photo of the Week: Major Martial Arts & Life Principle

Major Martial Arts & Life Principle

Balance is Primary. This is one of the most critical principles in martial arts and life. When things are out of balance—physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, spiritually—complications ensue. We simply cannot have a substantive, healthy, harmonious life if we are out of balance.

As Euripides (480 to 406 BCE) stated …

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life.

Pope John Paul II observed …

Man always travels along precipices. His truest obligation is to keep his balance.


The Black Belt Book of Life – Secrets of a Martial Arts Master Section #4, pages 21 to 24.

Photo of the Week: Diamond Casting

Diamond Casting

This is one of the fundamental principles of the Karate Institute of America. Do you want to be a diamond or a chunk of coal? If you choose to be a diamond, you must be willing to embrace the heat, pressure and time necessary to be a gem of immense value. If you choose to be an ordinary chunk of coal, well, you’ll have lots of company.

Photo of the Week: Striker Strikes Orange!

Striker Strikes Orange!

With a beaming and relieved smile, Judy “Striker” Gompf poses with Mr. King after her successful Orange Belt test. Having moved out of the area, Striker was able to return and finish her goal. By the way, her basics were just as good as they were when she moved over a year ago. She didn’t skip a beat. This is such a great testimony to her persistence and determination, which her following inspirational quote corroborates:

No matter where life leads you or how long it takes you to get to your goal, don’t give up, even if you want to throw up during your karate test, fight through it and get it done.

— Judy “Striker” Gompf

As a side note, Striker is seeking employment in the legal field in Orange County. She has extensive experience, so if any law firms or associated companies are looking for an excellent addition to their organization, contact Mr. King (King @ Kiado-Ryu.com) and he’ll get you connected.

Photo of the Week: Pre-test Buddy Support

Pre-test Buddy Support

Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett (sunglasses) poses with Judy “Striker” Gompf just before Striker takes her Orange Belt test. Barracuda is a Purple Belt working on her Blue. And did her support help? Of course. These two ladies have been friends from their high school days at Laguna Beach where they both played softball. They’re really athletes and fearsome fighters. Check back next week to see if Striker passed her test.

Photo of the Week: Fairytale Reunion Lunch Collage

Fairytale Reunion Lunch Collage

Continuing the story of Goldilocks’ Fairytale Reunion is a collage from the event. Top left are the three ladies—Jenny, Nicole and Lori. Top right shows the group at lunch. Bottom left is Mr. King with the three lovelies. Center pic is Mr. King with the twins. Far right are the three amigas again.

This was a wonderfully warm, fun and terrific surprise. All had a great time. Hopefully, we can do it again before twenty years pass!

Photo of the Week: Goldilocks & Her Fairytale Surprise!

Goldilocks & Her Fairytale Surprise!

What a fairytale surprise! Nicole “Goldilocks” Hackler was visiting a “friend” in Irvine and she and I set a lunch date to get caught up after 20 years. She and her husband, Warren, had moved back East in the mid 90s, and although we were still in communication we hadn’t seen each other in all that time.

But when Goldilocks arrived for our lunch date—surprise, surprise! Who did she bring with her but the Brown twins—Jenny and Lori, also KIA 2nd degree Brown Belts and whom I had also not seen in decades! Yet, looking at these gorgeous ladies you would never know it had been twenty years. They all look the same today as they did then. No foolin’. Whatever secret youth formula they have they need to bottle it and sell it.

And, boy, did we all have a great laugh! Their surprise went off without a hitch. It was terrific, and I was thrilled, especially to reunite with three of the most positive, fun, exuberant and youthful ladies in KIA history.

In the photo, Jenny is in the turquoise top, Lori in the red and Nicole in the center. And those smiles you see on their faces, they’re fixtures. These three gals smile and laugh more than any three people on the planet. They are always upbeat and they are all such a joy to be around.

More to come from our “surprise” lunch date. Stay tuned.

Photo of the Week: If They Only Knew Then!

If They Only Knew Then!

From the Karate Institute of America pictorial archives, courtesy of Genny “Cougar” Edge, is this 1992 pensive and serendipitous cameo of then Rose “Renegade” Guck and Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg before they were married. If they, and we, only knew then what we all know now. It is amazing how fate exists right before our very eyes long before the reality is made manifest!

Rose and Kurt have been wonderful ambassadors of the KIA, and we greatly value their energies. May you have a long, healthy and balanced life.

Photo copyright and owned by Genny “Cougar” Edge, used with permission.

Photo of the Week: The Family Hoberg - Then & Now

The Family Hoberg - Then & Now

What a difference twenty-five years makes! How fast time flies. Meet the Family Hoberg, all grown up and not stoppin’.

Renegade (Rose Hoberg) received her 1st Dan Black Belt on 9 June 1990. Raphael (Kurt Hoberg) followed suit on 25 April 1992. At that time there were no kids in sight. Hardly the way things are now!

Pictured with Rose and Kurt are their lovely children – Kyle, Erick and April. The boys are now in college; April is a Junior in high school. They’re all doing extremely well and their future is quite bright. Next major life stage for Rose and Kurt – grandparents and grand kids, but probably sooner than twenty-five years!

Thanks for sharing! The KIA wishes you all the very best, and please keep the memories coming!