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Photo of the Week: Purple Belt Test: Bowing In

Purple Belt Test: Bowing In

Jake “Achilles” Dale bows in to begin his Purple Belt test with his mother, Annette “Warrior” Dale (Green belt) and fellow student, Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett (Orange belt) on Saturday, 12 April, 2014.

Photo of the Week: Black Belt Family Squabble

Black Belt Family Squabble

So this is what happens when a Black Belt husband and wife have a little squabble! It may look ominous for her but you should have seen him afterwards!

Of course we’re just having fun with Rose “Renegade” Hoberg and her husband Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg. This photo was taken at a KIA function in 1992. Rose and Kurt actually met at the Karate Institute of America, having been introduced by Kurt’s mother, who was also a KIA student. Interesting destiny.

Rose holds the distinction of being the first adult female to achieve a Black Belt ranking at the Karate Institute of America. That was in 1990. She is the 12th Black Belt in the Kiado-Ryu system. Kurt is the 21st Black Belt of the KIA, earning his first Dan ranking in 1992. It is another interesting fact of their mutual destiny that their Black Belt numbers are mirrors of each other, 12 and 21 respectively.

Photo owned and copyrighted by Genny “Cougar” Edge.

Photo of the Week: BACK OFF!

Back Off!

Exhibiting the ferocity and assertiveness of a tiger, Christa sends an unmistakable message to her would-be attacker to BACK OFF! This type of role playing taught in Karate Institute of America self-defense workshops helps women develop a sense of empowerment and skill. Still, hubby Mike, playing the part of the assailant, got the message!

Teens and above are welcome join us at the Orange Public Library on 5 April 2014, Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm for a FREE self-defense talk and demonstration by Kiado-Ryu Grandmaster Richard Andrew King.

Photo of the Week: Take That, Mr. Assailant!

Take That, Mr. Assailant!

Self-defense training is never obsolete – like old cars, old phones, old pagers, and pot-bellied stoves. One must always be ready and willing to defend oneself from the unwanted and potentially fatal aggressions of others. Just ask Ashlee!

Come join us at the Orange Public Library on 5 April 2014, Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm for a FREE self-defense talk and demonstration by Kiado-Ryu Grandmaster Richard Andrew King.

Photo of the Week: The 5 Power Targets

The 5 Power Targets

The Karate Institute of America and the Kiado-Ryu system of martial arts teaches that in a self-defense situation the five power targets related to an assailant are:

  1. Mind
  2. Eyes
  3. Neck/Throat
  4. Knees
  5. Groin

Come join us at the Orange Public Library on 5 April 2014, Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm for a FREE self-defense talk and demonstration by Kiado-Ryu Grandmaster Richard Andrew King.

Photo of the Week: Critical Distance: A Self-defense Must

Critical Distance: A Self-defense Must

One of the most important ingredients in self-defense is Critical Distance. Being too close to an adversary (photo 1 on the left) allows the assailant to execute a hand strike, which can be too fast to defend (photo 2, center). However, by simply extending the distance between you and the assailant (photo 3, right) to at least a two-arm length, you create a safety barrier of time, time which allows you to react positively and avoid being struck.

In the Kiado-Ryu system of self-defense, distance is the #1 security. Simply stated, distance equals time, and the greater the distance, the greater the time it takes for either your opponent to strike you or for you to react to his strike. The moral of this story is . . . keep your distance, at least a two-arm length, and preferably three.

Photo of the Week: Blast From the Far Past

Blast From the Far Past

This class photo was taken during a testing at the Karate Institute of America in 1986, twenty-eight years ago during the Golden Years of the KIA. Back then there were no computers, cell phones, tablets, social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. It was a very different time, but as time goes, not that long ago in relation to the massive changes our world has gone through since then.

For those of you KIA students, can you find those who were or became Black Belts in the photo – Bob MacFarlane, Rose Guck-Hoberg, Jerry Alston, Don Quinn, Greg Bendel, Terry Bass, Dr. Milt Jacobson, Genny Edge, Colin Lee, Danny Asay, Larry Vetter, Richard King?

Those times were special times, replete with values of hard work, dedication, patience, determination, courage, discipline, skill, desire, and family – values not so common in today’s fast-paced, frenetic world. It was a great time, but as we all know, time marches on, waiting for no man. Yet, it was in those wonderful times that the substantive legacy of the Karate Institute of America was formed, a legacy continuing to this day, in spite of changing times, and still, the KIA marches on since its inception in 1979.

Photo copyrighted and owned by Genny “Cougar” Edge

Photo of the Week: Cannon Maker

Cannon Maker

Annette “Warrior” Dale is a cannon maker. “How so?” you ask. Warrior is the mother of Sofia “Cannon” Dale featured in our previous photo of the week. Annette holds a Green Belt ranking from the Karate Institute of America, and she is tough. Warrior was a state champion long distance runner in high school, as well as a gymnast in her youth. She holds a Master’s Degree in psychology and advanced certifications in her field. Warrior is also the mother of Jake “Achilles” Dale, who is as talented and smart as both his mother and sister.