May 11, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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 …

May 4, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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.

Apr 27, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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:

Apr 20, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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.

Apr 13, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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!

Apr 6, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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!