Mar 9, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belt Pianist Extraordinaire

The Karate Institute of America has always been blessed with an exceptional clientele throughout its history, now spanning five decades. From our archives we see a young Eric “ET” Tan sharing his exquisite piano skills during his Black Belt coronation ceremony in 1992. Eric was a driven young man. He began his KIA studies around age 7 and achieved a fully ranked adult 1st Dan Black Belt rating as a young man.

Mar 2, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Goldilocks & The Three Dogs

Featured this week are Nicole “Goldilocks” Hackler, her husband Warren, an heroic Marine who served America with honor and distinction for 26 years (now retired), and their loves - Clyde (the red male Shiba Inu) and Kiba (the black and tan female Shiba-Japanese for “Fang!). Goldilocks was one of the movers and shakers of the Karate Institute of America during her time with us. She achieved a 2nd Degree Brown belt rating before her husband was reassigned to another state so, unfortunately, she was not able to reach Black Belt, although she would have done so had she been able to stay in the area, no doubt.

Feb 23, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Renegade Black Belt Champion Archer

The Karate Institute of America is proud to announce that we have a California State Archery Champion within our martial arts family. She is Rose “Renegade” Hoberg, the 12th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu (1990). Rose is the current California State Indoor Champion in the Masters 50 Recurve division. Husband Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg is the 21st Black Belt of the KIA and an archer as well. It is extremely satisfying to see our KIA family members so dynamically active and successful.

Feb 16, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA's Electron Martial Artist - Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels is the 34th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America and one of its most talented martial artists in our now 36 year history. Paul’s original callsign was “Electron” because of his blinding speed and quickness. That quickly morphed in his shorter callsign “Tron.” Paul is the owner and trainer of The Body Warehouse. Check it out, as well as his KIA Black Belt brief.

Feb 9, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Power Punching for Self-defense

Defending yourself successfully requires more than simply thinking you’re tough. It requires knowledge of what to do, how to do it, when to do it and even when not to act. Neutralizing an adversary with a punch requires more than pumping your fists or flailing your arms. To have a powerful punch mandates knowing the physics of power, how to construct a fist that won’t collapse on impact and much more.

Feb 2, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Don't Mess with This Mother!

When having to seriously injure an attacker is your only option to survival, all things being equal, the first target is the eyes. Drum this into your psyche: eyes, eyes, eyes! No one who gets hit in the eyes enjoys the experience, quite the contrary. Eye strikes with the fingers, pens, pencils, credit cards or other implements with either points or edges will all be devastating to an attacker.