Apr 20, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Ready To Go

Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (left) and Josh “Viper” Shamassian (right) stand in ready stances at the beginning of their purple belt test earlier this month. These two young men are excellent students and did equally excellent jobs on their exams. In the background, on the left, is Mr. Shamassian; and on the right is Mr. Ligtvoet. Great to have fatherly support!

Apr 13, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: New Purple Belts

Congratulations to Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (left) and Josh “Viper” Shamassian (right), who each earned their purple belt rank following their test on April 6, 2009. Raptor and Viper are two very tough and talented young men. It is, indeed, a pleasure having them study at the Karate Institute of America. Great job, boys, and we look forward to continued great things from both of you in the future!

Apr 6, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: "Take that, Mr. King!"

Sheel “Ceo” Chitalia blasts Mr. King in the face during the sparring portion of her second degree brown belt test on March 10, 2009, at the Karate Institute of America in Lake Forest, CA, as her sister and mother look on. Sheel’s ferocious intensity is well known to all who work with her and, were it ever to come down to choosing sides, you’d definitely want her on your side!

Mar 30, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Ceo Preparatory Pose

Sheel “Ceo” Chitalia composes herself prior to performing a kata on her second degree brown belt test at the Karate Institute of America on March 10, 2009. Looking on in the background are, from left to right, Black Belts Mike “Shooter” Benedict and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, and green belt Annette “Warrior” Dale.

Mar 23, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Sheel Blast

Sheel “Ceo” Chitalia blasts Kim “Cultivator” Thomas with a roundhouse kick during the sparring portion of her second degree brown belt test on March 10, 2009. Sheel has exceptional kicks, which she showcases during her kata performances. Kim is always the gracious one when it comes to taking a beating!

Mar 16, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Sheel Chitalia, Second Degree Brown Belt

Sheel “Ceo” Chitalia is all smiles after the conclusion of her second degree brown belt test at the Karate Institute of America on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Black Belts in attendance are, from left to right, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Mr. King, Mike “Shooter” Benedict. Sheel, Ms. Intensity for sure, gave an excellent performance. What a great smile she has, and after a test no less!