The Hawk flew into the Karate Institute of America in the 1980s, developed his
martial arts skills, became a champion fighting and forms competitor, and
moved deeply into the Brown Belt rankings until his destiny forced him in the
1990s to spread his wings and fly to other regions. However, as destiny would
also demand, he returned to his KIA home for an awesome visit and get-together
with Mr. King, sharing stories of old and great events of daring-do.
Hawk, of course, is his callsign. His name is Chip Robinson, and he was, at
one time, the #1 fighter at the KIA, winning his first fighting competition as
an Orange Belt. He went on to garner other championships in both fighting and
forms divisions proving, in fact, that relatively tall martial artists can be
great forms champions as well as fighters.
Chip’s drive to be the best and maintain a high sense of ethics and standards
have led him to become an extremely successful businessman. He is President of
The Management Works, Inc., a Newport Beach real estate company employing 44
people. He is also the proud father of four children.
The following photo of Chip was taken in 1990 by photographer and copyright
holder Genny “Cougar” Edge. Some old timers may
remember the location, which was behind the old studio among the trees.
Here, Chip shares a hug with pal Genny Edge, the 13th Black Belt of the
Chip Robinson was a gifted, technical, courageous, fearsome, daunting
fighter—qualities responsible for his many fighting championships. His
positive presence is seen in this photo, an intimidating presence to his
opponents, to be sure.
All hawks have mothers, of course. Pictured below is Chip’s mother, Mrs.
Robinson—a wonderfully gracious and classy woman—with her son and some weird
lookin’ dude having a bad hair day.
Pictured with Dan “Basai” Asay during a 1991 KIA
showcase, Hawk observes, pondering his upcoming fight and assessing the
competition. Friendly event or not, Hawk was always eyeing his prey and
calculating how he would triumph over his opponent. (Photo courtesy of Genny
Ever the gracious gentleman, Hawk congratulates David “Nails” Mooney
on his Black Belt coronation in the Fall of 1991.
The following photo was taken after a sparring class in 1988. Surrounding Hawk
in the back row are, left to right, Craig Flemming, Dave Chrisman, Genny Edge
and Dr. David Shoemaker. Front row, left to
right, are Dan Asay, Rose Hoberg
(then Guck), Mr. Magluyan and Chris Jenkins.
This is a proud moment. Chip shares his first tournament championship trophy
with Mr. King. In fact, Hawk has this photo hanging in his office with other
These next photos are quite interesting. As Chip and Mr. King were having
lunch, they decided to take a photo in front of the old studio located at 308
Lambert St. in Lake Forest. The first pic is as the studio frontice was in
1987. The latter two pics are of the same location, currently occupied by a
different owner and business.
Bringing this pictorial essay up to date are Hawk and Mr. King at the old KIA
location site. These two photos were taken on Tuesday, 12 December 2016.
It is impossible to put into words the immense, almost incalculable, feeling
of reconnecting with KIA students and friends throughout these five decades.
Such great memories, such great people, such awesome relationships. Thank you,
Hawk, for reconnecting with us. You are, truly, a class act and extraordinary