Apr 25, 2016 - Photos of the Week

3 KIA Dudes and a Chick Under Cover

This is a fun photo. Four of the Karate Institute of America’s “Tried & True” don the new Kiado-Ryu baseball caps during class on 21 April 2016. Front row (all by his lonesome): 5th Dan Master, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas Second row (left to right): Blue belt Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett. 1st Dan Black Belt James “Psycho” Griffin. Back row (standing tall): 1st Dan Black Belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet.

Apr 18, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Black Belt Benefactor

The Karate Institute of America has been extremely blessed throughout its thirty-seven year history with wonderfully generous people who have given their time, energy, skill, and support to ensure its success. Without question, the one individual whose generous endowment blessed the KIA with its own studio in the early 2000s is 2nd Dan Black Belt, Jeff “Boa” Norman — the 61st Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. In 2001, the KIA was without an indoor facility.

Apr 11, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Wolverine of the Highest Order

Wolverines are powerful, solitary, tenacious predators. Highly aggressive and fearless, they’re blessed with such great fighting skills that bears, big cats and wolves avoid confrontations with them. The Karate Institute of America has its own Wolverine, Tejas Maniar, the 57th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. Wolverine earned his 1st Dan rating on the 23rd of January 1998, eighteen long (or is that short?) years ago. How fast time flies!

Apr 4, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Robert Barnhart Accounting

Need a good accountant? Robert “Bob” Barnhart, owner of Barnhart Accounting in San Clemente, has been the official accountant of the Karate Institute of America for over thirty years. The reason? Bob is an excellent accountant, honest and personable. He does great work at a reasonable fee. If you need or are looking for a competent person to handle your tax needs, Bob Barnhart is a great choice. He’s easy to talk to and will give you excellent service.

Mar 28, 2016 - Photos of the Week

KIA National Forms Champion, CEO & Successful Entrepreneur

Our KIA feature of the week highlights another National Forms Champion who is also Founder and CEO of a very successful business enterprise. Steve “Coyote” Vertun, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #39, received his 1st Dan rating in December of 1995. With a determined, relentless, never-give-up mindset, Coyote won the Brown Belt Forms Championship in 1993, a competitive circuit of thirteen major United States cities. Steve is one of four Karate Institute of America students to win a coveted national martial arts championship hosted by the North American Sports Karate Association (NASKA).

Mar 21, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA Karate Kids - Early 1980s

Here’s a wonderful flashback to the early 1980s and a Saturday morning KIA kids class with instructors Greg “Maddog” Bendel and Rose “Renegade” Hoberg. Rose became the 12th KIA Black Belt; Greg the 14th. How cute these kids were! And they could never be tired out! The ages of these children were 5 to 7. Simply adorable. A couple things of note: This photo was taken at the main studio on the corner of Lambert and Aspen streets in Lake Forest.