May 4, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Tron and the Boys

Pictured with Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and Josh “Viper” Shamassian is Paul “Tron” Daniels, the 34th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. Mr. Daniels, who began his own physical fitness business, The Body Warehouse, and who also trains both Tristan’s and Josh’s mothers, referred the boys to the KIA. It was a pleasure to have Tron attend and participate in the boys’ purple belt test. And, of course, there is that famous Mr.

Apr 27, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Happy & Proud Families

With new Kiado-Ryu Purple Belts, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and Josh “Viper” Shamassian, are their happy and proud families. Behind Tristan (left) are his mother, Atousa; father, Ed (having fun) with younger son, Aiden. Standing with Josh are his mother, Joann; father, Mike; Aunt, Silva; and the beautiful young lady is Josh’s sister, Hannah. It is parents and families such as these that have made the Karate Institute of America a wonderful place.

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.