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!

Mar 30, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: If They Only Knew Then!

From the Karate Institute of America pictorial archives, courtesy of Genny “Cougar” Edge, is this 1992 pensive and serendipitous cameo of then Rose “Renegade” Guck and Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg before they were married. If they, and we, only knew then what we all know now. It is amazing how fate exists right before our very eyes long before the reality is made manifest! Rose and Kurt have been wonderful ambassadors of the KIA, and we greatly value their energies.

Mar 23, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Family Hoberg - Then & Now

What a difference twenty-five years makes! How fast time flies. Meet the Family Hoberg, all grown up and not stoppin’. Renegade (Rose Hoberg) received her 1st Dan Black Belt on 9 June 1990. Raphael (Kurt Hoberg) followed suit on 25 April 1992. At that time there were no kids in sight. Hardly the way things are now! Pictured with Rose and Kurt are their lovely children - Kyle, Erick and April.