May 10, 2014 -

The Number One Black Belt Quality

Have you ever wondered what the number one quality is that identifies all Black Belts? I can’t speak for other martial art studios, but in the thirty-five year history of the Karate Institute of America, from its beginning on 31 August 1979, one common thread identifies every one of its sixty-three Black Belts to date. That one quality is…persistence. They never quit. They just kept on pressing on until they achieved the very prestigious goal of becoming a KIA Black Belt.

Apr 28, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Proud Purple Belt

Jake “Achilles” Dale smiles proudly as Mr. King places his Purple Belt around his waist, concluding his test on 21 April. Achilles is a wonderful young man, possessing noteworthy respect and manners, excellent athletic skills, and a sensitive, artistic soul. We continue to look forward to more great things from Jake as he continues on his KIA journey.

Apr 21, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Achilles Blocking

Jake “Achilles” Dale goes through a blocking set during his Purple Belt test. It’s challenging to do a test solo, but Achilles, the young warrior he is, the son of a Warrior, handled the challenge with courage and skill.

Apr 7, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belt Family Squabble

So this is what happens when a Black Belt husband and wife have a little squabble! It may look ominous for her but you should have seen him afterwards! Of course we’re just having fun with Rose “Renegade” Hoberg and her husband Kurt “Raphael” Hoberg. This photo was taken at a KIA function in 1992. Rose and Kurt actually met at the Karate Institute of America, having been introduced by Kurt’s mother, who was also a KIA student.