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.

Mar 16, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA Black Belt, Archer, Banker, Hubby

Husband to Champion Archer, Rose “Renegade” Hoberg (KIA Black Belt #12) is Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg (KIA Black Belt #21). Rose and Kurt actually met through the Karate Institute of America via Kurt’s mother. They dated, fell in love, married and as they say, “The rest is history.” Kurt, like his champion wife, is also a competitive archer. Both of them have qualified to compete in the Senior Games in Minneapolis, MN, in July.

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.