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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.

Photo of the Week: High Kicking Griffins

High Kicking Griffins

Having fun during their all-too-brief visit to California, the three Griffins show off their impressive high kick skills. From right to left are “Scholar,” “Badger” and “Gunner.” Obviously Scholar is setting the bar for her younger siblings. We’ll certainly miss these wonderful young people. They are quite talented, eager to learn, smart, respectful, dedicated and courageous—just like their other family members, especially aunt Anna “Wildcat” and uncle James “Psycho.” It was an honor to have them attend classes during their visit and we hope we will be able to work with them again in the future.

Photo of the Week: Impressive Wildcat

Impressive Wildcat

Anna “Wildcat” Griffin practices her knife-edge kicks during her recent visit to Southern California. Anna began her Karate Institute of America studies at age eleven. She became the 55th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu in 1998. After traveling abroad to Europe, she received her Masters Degree in German and served in the U.S. Army in a combat division. Humble by nature, Wildcat is one tough soldier and martial artist. She is a true hero. We are extremely proud of her and grateful for her military service.

Photo of the Week: Griffin Family Visit

Griffin Family Visit

What a great surprise visit from the family Griffin—well, some of them! Flanked by James “Psycho” Griffin (KIA Black Belt #60) and Anna “Wildcat” Griffin (KIA Black Belt #55) are family members “Badger” (glasses and purple top), “Gunner” (blue shirt looking tough) and Scholar (glasses, center). During their month-long visit, the kids have been taking karate lessons. Of course “Psycho” and “Wildcat” were a great help. And what fun! These kids are talented! How could they not be with two extraordinary Black Belts in the family!

Photo of the Week: Flash’s Trucker Remembrance

It is with deep and profound sorrow that I announce to you that our dear friend and martial arts brother, Bob “Trucker” MacFarlane, has passed on.

As a final update to our remembrance, we would like to share another condolence we received. Following this week, we will post a page honoring Trucker.


Thank you for your guidance and encouragement you gave me as I was climbing the ranks to Black Belt at the KIA.

You are truly a man of integrity and loyalty.

We will all miss the gift of your life…until we meet on the other side.

Your friend and Black Belt Brother,

Clark “Flash” Hyman

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

Rest in Peace: Bob "Trucker" MacFarlane

This group photo was taken on 26 February 2013, during a group workout session honoring Bob upon notification of his cancer. He is located in the white gi (uniform) in the middle row. How fortunate that we were able to share this last workout with our dear friend and martial arts brother. Bob was a true gentleman of the highest caliber, a 1st class individual who was an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family, especially his wife Gail, sons Matt and Jason, and daughter Andrea.

In the immortal words of the great poet Alfred Lord Tennyson from his poem “In Memoriam” …

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Photo of the Week: Smasher Hangs With the Guys

Smasher Hangs With the Guys

Hanging with the guys is our newest young stud – Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet, looking determined. It wasn’t that long ago that his brother (far right), 3rd degree brown belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet, was the size and age Smasher is now. If history and lineage are any indication, we older ones are in for the fight or our lives in a few years because Smasher didn’t get his callsign for nothing! He is good, smart and talented!