Sep 29, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Smasher's Beginning

Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet’s younger brother, strikes a pose at the outset of his martial arts journey. Aidan is smart, coordinated, determined … and tough. All of us at the KIA look forward to sharing and helping Aidan as he grows … and grows … and grows. If he’s anything like his older brother, he’ll be a big dude one day!

Sep 23, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Family Ligtvoet

Pictured with 3rd Dan Brown Belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet are members of his family, many of whom traveled from Los Angeles to support Tristan in testing for his 3rd Brown rank. How wonderful it is to have a family who supports their own. It’s not as common as one might think. The Karate Institute of America is honored to have such a exemplary family as a part of its legacy.

Sep 15, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Raptor & Barracuda - Post Test Group Photo

Posing with Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett after the successful completion of their 3rd Brown degree and Purple belt rank respectfully are 4th Degree Black Belts Chris “Growler” Grau (red top) and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (far right) and Richard “Whitefire” King (center).

Aug 27, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Congratulations Tristan & Zemia!

Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet pose Before and After their latest test on 26 August 2014. Zemia graduated to Purple belt and Tristan to 3rd Brown. For him the next level is 1st Dan Black Belt! Both students did an excellent job. The Karate Institute of America is fortunate to have them as our own. They are exemplary individuals and we look forward to their future accomplishments.

Aug 18, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belt Archives: Stair Steps

This is a fun photo! From our KIA 1992 Black Belt Archives are (from left to right): Thomas “Draco” Lindsey, #52; Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg, #21; Doug “Doc” McGregor, #20, and Eric “E.T.” Tan, #22. Hard to believe it’s been twenty-two years since this “Black Belt Stair Steps” photo was taken, courtesy of, and copyright by, Genny “Cougar” Edge, #13.