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  • November 07, 2016 7:52 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    The lifetime achievement awards were acknowledged Grand Master Madry and Sensei Stuber took the stage to present one more award. The award was the Gold KI Logo on the Black Belt. This award is worn by those KI members that have made contributions to the Karate Institute of America over the years to their students , to other schools students and to students outside of the KIA. They do not hesitate to take on the things they are asked and always keep in mind the benefit for everyone involved.These people have been active in KIA events Summer Games, National Weekend,  The Kick A Thon, KI Points Tournaments Outside tournaments and always represent the KIA the way they are expected to.They are always there to led a hand ,support and encouragement. I asked to be able to present this at the awards Saturday night as the last time it was given out it was to me by Grandmaster Madry in 2003. There a very few that wear the logo on there belt I for one am proud to wear it and it was a pleasure to present it to Sensei Wayne Guest on Saturday night in front of his KIA family and friends.

    Congratulations Sensei Guest 

  • November 07, 2016 7:37 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    This award was to recognize instructors that have been with the KIA for over twenty five years and have been active throughout those year helping KIA to grow and get better. Some are always helping with events, some are competitors, some are School directors some are all of the above no matter they are all very important to the development of the KIA and the continuation of its future Without instructors like these we could not continue to grow.

    Grandmaster Madry and myself recognized these instructors and wanted everyone to know that they have not gone unnoticed  and are deserving of this recognition. 

    The KI Lifetime Achievment Awards went to 

    Sensei Reggi Brown 3rd degree Director of Twinsburg , KI Director and KI Competitor

    Sensei Julie Madry Class A Instructor , Instructor Cleveland KI, first 4th degree female instructor with KI

    Sensi James Vernon Instructor Munson KI, Summer games event helper, Class A 3rd dan 

    Sensei Jay Maki Director Copper country KI Class A , National weekend Director with KI Summer games director for Michigan and 4th degree

    Sensei Wayne Guest  2nd degree , Instructor Munson KI, Guest Bo's , Summer games event coordinator 

    Kick A thon helper.

     As you can see these instructors do many things and have accomplished many things with KIA  and I jhave only listed a few.

    Congratulations to all of you you deserved this award and recognition in front of your KIA family.

  • November 07, 2016 7:21 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    After the kick a thon awards were over the school awards were presented by Grand Master Madry and Sensei Jay Maki. These awards are given to students from each dojo for many things throughout their year of training such as Competitor of the year, Junior Warrior, Outstanding student, Most Improved , Instructor, Contributor and KI Spirit Awards our highest award. The individual school directors and instructors decide who will receive these awards as the students earn them in the dojo and outside the dojo.

    Some awards are presented at the individual dojo's as sometimes students can not make the weekend.

    After our school awards . the KI Points tournament Divisional champions were announced. These were presented by Grand Master Madry and Sensei Kevin Salvadore. After the division awards were presented it was time to announce the 2016  KI Points Champion Grand Master Madry did the drum roll and impersonation of Vanna White displaying the Jacket . which was a varsity leather sleeved black jacket with the KI logo embroidered on the back in black and on the front it had the 2016 points champion and the students name in Gold lettering. This years honor went to Vincent Koludrovich from the Twinsburg KI.

    He his parents and his instructor had no idea this was happening as results were not given out until tonight. Great job Vincent. I have to say the black jacket went perfectly with Vincent's outfit Saturday he was dressed in all black dress shirt and pants.

    Great job young man KIA is proud of your accomplishment.

    The day was not done check out KI Lifetime achievement awards post.



  • November 07, 2016 7:04 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    Saturday night awards began with our Make A Wish  Top Contributor awards for 2016.This year many of the top contributors were in attendance to receive their recognition in front of the KI students and families from all the schools. 

    This year Make A Wish Representative Eileen was in attendance to present the plaques to our Michigan KI Tang Soo Do group. and to the KI Kajukenpo group. After a short introduction Eileen took the stage to speak and tell a little bit about what we had accomplished this year. When she was finished she introduced Charlie and his mom to the stage (Our Make A Wish family from Ohio this Year) 

    Charlies mom talked about what was done for them by Make A Wish and their trip to Disney World and how they were first in line for everything and their meeting with Mickey. as she spoke you could see how much this trip meant to Charlie and his family who were all at the banquet Saturday. Charlie took the stage to present out big check to Make A Wish Foundation on behalf of the Karate Institute of America. This years check was for $14,627.25. Great Job KI Students & Sponsors.

    The awards for top contributors this year was our T shirt displaying four past wishes , the total funds raised since 1990 and wishes granted. I am sure you will see them around. The wishes granted by Karate Institute is over 60 and the total raised is now over $403,000.00.

    OUTSTANDING. Thank you all from the KI Board of Directors.

    Read awards and  Promotion post to see how our night got even better.

  • November 07, 2016 6:35 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    The nationals started with Black belt weapons and forms.

    The weapons competition showed the skills of the black belts with Bo staffs and the Sais this year. Many times we see Sword, Kali sticks, Three sectional staffs, but i do not think it mattered as each competitor performed they were greeted with applause from the audience. In black belt weapons for the first time was James Hosmer the Newest KI Black Belt . James performed well and finished with a 2nd Place.

    Black belt kata had ten competitors line up with with one being Grand Master Corpus who taught the seminar Friday night.  The competition was very close as .01 of a point separated four of the ten in scoring.  The honor of first place went to Grand Master Corpus who did an outstanding crisp and spirited kata.It was a pleasure to see in person.

    The competition throughout the day was hard and spirited a dozen adults lined up next for weapons. I would like to think they were pumped up by the black belts performance as I saw many in the adult weapons perform like I have seen them do before. Adam Kreigh took first place honor.

    Junior Weapons saw Vincent Koludrovich take first place honor against ten other competitors. Great job by all.

    The tournament saw many in the first competition and they were aided by the more experienced competitors throughout the day. Seeing the students helping each other throughout the day loaning sparring gear to one another  helping get geared up or just encouraging each other made me proud of all of them. I just wanted everyone to know the sportsmanship and friendship that took place on Saturday at the KI event.

    The tournament ended with black belt fighting which saw Josh Peters taking 1st place honors followed by James Hosmer , Dave Wolff and Dan confer. Great job by all who competed Saturday. 

    Quick note Josh Peters is responsible for James Hosmer being ready to test this weekend . those 7am Sunday workouts and 6 am weekday workouts paid off for Sensei Hosmer.

    Keep training.


    See tournament result post for complete results.

  • November 07, 2016 6:22 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    The tournament began with Team fighting. All of the KI Points divisional winners from 2016 squared off for team fighting. the team captains were Zachary Voelker from Twinssburg KI and Joseph Rangel from Munson KI.

    The Teams were Team A Sensei Voelker, Michael Secora,Rayma Johnson,Victor Wagner, Vincent Koludrovich, and Jordan Koby the youngest team member.

    Team B Sensei Rangel, Christian Loucka , Erica Olszewski, Aaron Granoff, Joseph Shamosh and Evan Sike Team B's youngest fighter.

    The teams lined up and bowed in . The first two fighters were sent in the matches were 90 seconds long and Team competition was to be decided by total point scored at the end by each team.

    The fighting was quick and controlled throughout the competition after 3 matches the teams were tied at 15/15 after the fourth match the score was 22/16 after the fifth match the score was 23/23 tied up again and after the final match the score ended at 27/26 for the winner Team A.

    Both teams lined up and bowed out they shook hands and exchanged a small gift in appreciation of their competition together.

    Just a small note Since 2006 Team A has gone undefeated. No matter who makes up the team they always seem to win. Great job by all  

  • November 07, 2016 5:51 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On November 5,2016 the KI National weekend was held at the American Croatian Hall in Eastlake Ohio.

    In attendance were students and instructors from Ohio , Michigan and our brothers from California . Styles represented were Kajukenpo, Tang Soo Do  and Kajukenbo.

    The weekend began with a seminar on Friday night at Munson KI . over 35 students came to learn Kajukenbo self defense from Grandmaster Corpus. (see post in KI News for more information)

    Saturday morning started the day with the Black Belt Style test for two candidates Josh Peters 3rd degree  candidate and James Hosmer a 1st degree candidate.This would be their final part of their test in their quest to reach their respective ranks.The candidates had already passed their 3 hour physical and technical test in September.

    This test has several requirements to pass. They must submit an outline of what they will be doing, the outline must be followed exactly, candidates must show basic to advanced self defense, their required katas ,they must stay in the time frame for their rank 8-12 minutes. for 1st and 2nd degree, requested time for higher ranks and they must show leadership and organizational skills.Any deviation from the outline ,lack of organization , lack of leadership, lack of self defense skills or going over or under the time frames is a failure in the portion of the test and candidates must wait six months to try again.

    The candidates began at 8:30 with the programs. First up was James Hosmer the Shodan candidate  who started at the age of eight with Munson KI and Josh Peter  Sandan Candidate(3rd Degree) who also started at the age of eight. both are now married and have their own children. Sensei Josh Peters twin girls have just began their training at Munson KI.

    The Ukes were flying around the hall for the next twenty five minutes as the candidates performed their test.

    At the conclusion of their style test the test board of Soke Algene Caraulia (founder of Karate Institute of America) Grandmaster Madry , Grandmaster Corpus & Professor Corpus ( Kajukenbo) Dave Wolff KI Tang Soo Do) Jay Maki ,Julie Madry and James Stuber adjourned to discus the results of the test.The results oif the test had to be unanimous by the board. One no pass vote meant failure for either candidate. After 30 minutes of discussion the board returned with the results. It was unanimous for both candidates the board felt they had both met their requirements and were to be promotes to their rank.

    The candidates lined up and all the Black belts in the room lines up on the side as each were given the moment in time which KIA calls the Rites of Passage. It is a moment i can tell you a candidate for black belt will always remember. It is a great feeling. Congratulations to both candidates.

    See KI National post for tournament information that immediately followed the testing.


  • November 06, 2016 9:34 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On November 4th at the Munson KI Grandmaster Corpus along with Professor Corpus from the California Kajukenbo group taught a seminar to about 36 participants from Kajukenbo group in Oberlin Ohio and students the Karate Institute of America in Chardon Cleveland and Twinsburg Ohio.

    The seminar went on for over two hours and the as the students were given kali sticks to perform self defense techniques used in Kajukenbo from the Tony Ramos self defense sets.

    The energy was very high throughout the night as students ranging from intermediate through black belt worked together.

    Both instructors took a group and worked with them on self defense techniques as the y got comfortable they moved the groups around the room.

    The seminar ended with a black belt promotion of Mr. Ray Anderson .

    Grand Master Corpus led the ceremony as all the students watched on students from Mr. Anderson school and the students from the Karate Institutes schools.

    Kajukenbo is the original style Soke Algene Caraulia trained in under Tony Ramos and found the Kajukenpo system we all study under today with the Karate Institute of America.

    It was great to have both styles come together and workout. As students were shown what to do some of the KIA black belts began to adapt their new found self defense into something else.

    It was a true night of martial arts training and sharing with one another .

    For those who missed this opportunity Grand Master Corpus has already planned to come back next year to ejoy the KI National weekend with us.



  • October 24, 2016 9:11 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On  Saturday October 22,2016 a seminar conducted by Soke Richard Fike was held at then Munson Karate Institute in Chardon.

    The seminar was on Combat Cord defense. The students learned how to use a cord to deflect blows counter and subdue the attacker with the Combat Cord.

    The seminar  was scheduled from 11-1pm but went on until 1:30 as the students and Mr. Fike were having to much excitement . Them learning and him teaching it to them.

    Many students had taken this seminar before and came back to review and hopefully pick up a little more information .

    The seminar ended with a group photo certificates being passed out and the group being led by Mr. Fike and Josh Topalian ( the youngest participant in the seminar) in the Twenty Two push up drill for the US Military.

    What a great day .

    Those that missed can wait til next time. Those that attended Mr. Fike did make you an offer to continue learning all you have to do is ask.



  • October 01, 2016 12:51 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    Master Luis Dabila passed away today October 1,2016. 

    Master Dabila trained with grandmaster Caraulia way back in the early 70's and was a loyal KIA instructor. 

    Master Dabila was the KIA historian any time a question arose about past KIA instructors or events he was our go to guy. He always remembered  who or when or what happened with  the KIA events.

    Master Dabila had the KI Golden Pyramid dojo for many years. He was a member of the PKC karate organization and was recognize by many different organizations for his dedication to the martial arts.  Master Dabila held rank in different styles as well as Kajukenpo. 

    He will be remembered for many things by many people who have competed, trained or just talked with him

    I will remember many moments in the times I had with Master Dabila 

    I remember competing at the American Warrior tournament years ago and we both finished in the Top. Three in kata beating out slot of younger black belts. And I said to a couple of them that they just got beat by a 67 year old man. Master Dabila hearing me said quit telling everyone how old I am. I meant it as a compliment that he was still

    Competing at 67 beating out he young puppies. He did not care as long as his age was not revealed. 

    Our KI snowmobile trip was the story for a long time master Dabila flew off his snowmobile and landing on the ground hard.  We sent someone to check on him and we heard GET AWAY FROM ME KID

    We knew he was good. 

    Master Dabila is gone but we will never forget him that I am sure. 

    To all of the Dabila family you are in our thoughts. 

    The KIA board of directors & students

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