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!

Mar 9, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Place of Great Memories

Where the red arrow is pointing was the second location of the Karate Institute of America from March 1981 until April 1997: 22622 Lambert Street #308, Lake Forest, CA 92630. So many wonderful memories and Black Belts were created within those walls. In fact, if those walls could talk, oh what stories they would tell! The building has gone through many color schemes, veneers, and management companies since then, but the shell remains the same.

Mar 2, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Cultivating the Warrior Within

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #63, shares a moment of his fightin’ side during a kata performance at the KIA. KC, as he is often called, is a warrior for sure. But, just for the record, his normal nature is very warm, loving, and humorous. Just don’t upset him!