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  • November 15, 2015 7:05 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    The KI National awards dinner and party began about 6:30 Saturday night at the Croatian Hall about 100 people gathered for the awards ceremony and party.

    After dinner the awards ceremony was opened with the KI Kick A Thon stories of old by Sensei James Stuber the KIA Kick A Thon Director. Many stories were shared about kids and adults with the KIA and how they raised their sponsorship money over the years for Make A Wish. Stories about a young boy giving up 3 months of his allowance to donate to the cause for a grand total of $12.00 seemed to touch many in the audience.

    Other stories told of many generous local businesses and how they support the Karate Institute of America's cause toward Make A Wish.It was announced that the Kick A Thon event has raised over 386,171.15 since the beginning in 1990 for the Make A Wish Foundation of Ohio and Michigan.

    Michele from the Make A Wish Foundation attended the awards to present the Karate Institute of America with an appreciation plaque with their Make A Wish child story on it for all to see and the big check was presented by KIA to Make A Wish and Michele for 2015 with a total of $11,171.15 raised between Ohio KI and Michigan KI Schools.

    Great job ladies and gentlemen.

    Sensei Maki announced all of the individual awards for each school for 2015 many were in attendance and very surprised.

    Grandmaster Madry continued the awards ceremony with the KIA Points tournament Divisional  awards.

    The last announcement of the awards was the 2015 Points Champion

    This years honor went to Hubert Hoffman from the Munson KI

    Congratulations to all on their achievements this year.

  • November 15, 2015 6:13 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

     Black Belt Weapons    
     1 James Stuber                              Black Belt Sparring
    2 Josh Peters                                  1  Joseph Rangel
    3 Joseph Rangel                              2  Josh Peters
    4 Rick Capirano                               3 Leonard Settles
                                                        4 Dave Wolff
    Adult Weapons                             
    1 Richard Barrett                             Brown Belt Sparring
    2 Harold Harper                                1 Hubert Hoffman
    3 Leah Harper                                  2 Ricardo DeJesus
    4 Adam Kreigh                                 3 Richard Barrett
                                                         4 Michael Secora
    Junior Weapons
    1 Vincent Koludrovich                       Green Belt Sparring
    2 Noah Nunney                                1 Brian Bryant
    3 Adraina Albbrecht                           2 Aaron Huffman
    4 Ryan Downs                                  3  Braiz Salgado
                                                         4 Alex King
    Black Belt Kata
    1 Joseph Rangel                                Novice Sparring
    2 Rick Capirano                                  1 Victor Wagner            
    3 James Stuber                                  2 Cole Beason
    4 Josh Peters                                     3 Armand Kenner
                                                           4 April Dale
    Brown Belt Kata
    1 Adam Kreigh                                   Junior Sparring
    2 Ricardo DeJesus                             1 Vincent Loudrovich
    3 Hubert Hoffman                              2  Mitsy Gideon
    4 Michael Secora                               3 Adriana Albrecht

    Green Belt Kata                                 Junior Sml Sparring
    1 Leah Harper                                   1 Noah Nunney
    2 April Dale                                      2 Ryan Downs
    3 Aaron Huffman                               3 Jimmy Brown
    4 Brian Bryant

    Novice Adult                                         Team Fighting
    1 Armand Kenner                                  Team A    4 wins  1 Tie
    2 Victor Wagner                                    Team B   0 wins   1 Tie
    3 Mitsy Gideon

    Junior Advanced
    1 Adriana Albvrecht
    2 Noah Nunney
    3 Vincent Koludrovich
    4 Ryan Downs

    Peewee Kata
    1 Jimmy Brown


  • November 15, 2015 5:07 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On November 14,2015 the 46th KI National weekend was held at the American Croatian Hall in Eastlake, Ohio.

    The day began with Black Belt testing at 9am. The candidates were Regan Onda from Munson KI and Brandon Bryant from the Cleveland KI.  The test Board  consisted of The founder of the Karate Institute of America Soke Caraulia , Grandmaster Madry, Grandmaster Swartz  from KI Tang Soo Do, Grandmaster Jesse Corpus from Kajukenbo , Master James Stuber, Sensei Jay Maki  Sensei Tim Brandes , and Sensei Juli Madry.

    Quite a line up to perform in front of 1 Soke , 3 Grandmaster, 1 Master and 4 Sensei's all 4th degrees.

    The candidate performed well and represented KI well during their test they each showed spirit and leadership through out their test. Which is something KIA test board looks for in each candidate.

    after reviewing the test candidates the Board came back with their decision.

    The announcement came from Grandmaster Eugene Madry that Regan Onda was the Newest KIA black Belt. After shaking hands with the testing board Sensei Onda proceeded around the room and down the line of approximentley  25 more black belts in attendance.

    After receiving her certificate and belt she was given 10 seconds to take off her old belt and put on the new one. The black belts were kind enough to count it down as Master Stuber held the stop watch. No Pressure.Needless to say it is a good thing black belts do not know how to count.

    The next announcement was to acknowledge the next newest Shodan Sensei Brandon Bryant. After alot of long hugs to each of the black belts and his ukes Sensei Bryant was given the same 10 seconds to put on the beltOnce again the Black belts came through unable to count down to zero. Each of the candidates then turned and applauded their ukes and the group was bowed out.

    The energy and the transformation  of the two brown belts to black belts was great to see as for those of you that have made the journey know that feeling and those of you who are approaching it will know the feeling to when your day comes to be a KI Black belt.

  • November 15, 2015 4:47 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On November 12,2015 three Kajukenbo instructors from California flew in fort the 46th KI National weekend. This was not their only purpose  they also came in to meet Soke Caraulia the founder of the Karate Institute of America and work with the KIA students.  Grandmaster Jess Corpus , Professor Jerry Corpus and Eric Corpus flew in Thursday and came to the Cleveland KI to teach Kajukenbo workshop. The workout started at 7pm. The introduction was about the Kajukenbo connection to the Kajukenpo connection and many other styles. Some history was shared by Grandmaster Corpus and then the fun began.Each instructor conducted a thirty minute workout Grandmaster Corpus was knife defenses with the adult group and empty hand Kajukenbo self defense with the junior ranks.

    Professor Jerry Corpus worked with the Kai sticks and the Kubaton. 

    Eric Corpus worked with the Sai.

    Each instructor time to show how to use weapon or defend against the attack with the weapon. After the groups had rotated to all three instructors they were called together as Grandmaster Corpus continued to talk and have the students as questions

    Professor Corpus encouraged everyone to ask questions . Saying Ask  questions whether you think their silly or not. If you do you are only a fool for a second if you never ask you are a fool for life.

    The workout ended at 9:45 way passed the 8:30 time limit but I did not hear anyone complaining.

    I hope all who attended took home some new information.

    I for one enjoyed the evening workout and am glad these instructors came to KI to work with our group.

    I saw and heard the same mentality and philosophies talk at the Karate Instituter of America.Learn and share what you learn and pass it along to others so we all may grow in our knowledge.



  • August 01, 2014 8:15 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)


    What an awesome Warrior Weekend! From the Cleveland sleepover, to the bike hike, summer games and camping – it was all fun and never a dull moment. This was my first time on the karate bike hike. I was very impressed with how organized the bike hike was, and how determined everyone was to take care of the riders safety while biking. Food was fantastic and the campgrounds were very clean. Sharing this experience with my fellow karate students outside the dojo was something I will always remember. It didn’t take me long to say I am coming back next year.
    Any questions that popped up were resolved immediately. My expectations for the weekend were so high, that I did not think they could go any higher.  But, they did. It was a blast. Everyone who is involved in the Karate Institute of America should attend this event."

    Mr. Voelker

  • July 13, 2014 7:54 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On Saturday July 12,2014  about 35 KI competitors gathered at the Cleveland KI to compete in the third KI Points tournament of  2014. The competition throughout the day was spirited and competitive. The Mini Peewee and the Peewee Division were strong and they performed well. Alison Douglas and Alisa Douglas were the youngest competitors of the day . They both did well. The Brown belt division  saw Father and Son square off. Yes dad still has it . Mr. Bob Hosmer beat out his son James 3-2 in their match ,but James took second  in our three way tie for 2nd place and Bob finished fourth after the tie breakers. I think the win was the prize Saturday and not the fourth place finish. Ricardo Dejesus keeps on winning .Ricardo was the KI Points Champion last year and is still staying competitive 1st in Forms and 2nd in Sparring. Regan Onda took 1st in Brown belt forms while Zachary Voelker from Twinsburg KI took a 2nd in Brown belt  forms. Zachary also finished 1st in advanced Sparring.The next Ki Points Tournament is September 13th at the Munson KI.

    Good job to all the competitors. Sportsmanship was shown throughout the day. The KIA instructors are proud of all of you. See you in September.


  • July 01, 2014 6:39 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    Once again Marion Seagraves is our warrior of the bike hike. Marion last year completed the bike hike after taking on a car. This year not as exciting as the car fight but she took a spill over the bridge and still finished the bike hike just a little bruised and to top off the hike she went off course and added 2 miles to her ride . Good Job . We can't wait to see what you do next year Marion.


  • June 30, 2014 5:14 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    This Summer games was held at East Harbor Park in Marblehead. For the first time in years KIA did not go to Kelleys Island. The weekend started with the bike hike from Cleveland Ohio to East Harbor Park. There were eighteen bikers this year to take on the challenge of the 75 mile hike. The trip began from the Cleveland KI on West 115th & Lorain Ave.. There were many obstacles along the way three flat tires  loose chains, bumpy roads. rain, but that did not stop our riders the last of the group pulled in to camp around 2:30pm. All the riders were equipped with directions phone numbers and a KIA tie dyed Bike Hike T-shirt. Only one rider went of course but was easily found  by Sensei Stuber and Grandmaster Madry and returned to the group. The youngest rider this year was Aidan who finished in the middle of the group and the oldest does not want to be mentioned but they finished the entire bike hike. Once camp was pitched the bikers gathered a round for  burgers and snacks  and then most went of to their tents.

    Saturday morning Sensei Maki , Sensei Stuber headed out for the 5 mile run walk or crawl. Surprisingly their were quite a few that woke up for this early morning event. The run was along the harbor shoreline  and through the park. It was a beautiful morning for the run. Afterwards the KIA instructors gathered around for the morning workout.

    Sensei Maki , Sensie Slivka , Sensei Capirano , Sensei Vernon and Sensei Stuber were the instructors for the morning workout. Sensei Maki taught wrist lock traps with a weapons. He kept the group thinking and moving the whole time. With only 15 minutes to get the job done each instructor was on their game  wasting no time teaching the group.

    Sensei Capirano taught ground fighting for the students which was interesting and a challenge for some who were not familiar with it , but that did not stop them or their effort to get it down.

    Sensei Slivka did Chanbara and finished up with King of the ring which was well received by everyone. I do not think anyone minded getting hit in the head even though they did not have on head gear.

    Sensei Vernon took the group through some of the techniques from the Kajukenbo system and showed where you can go with what you already know Her double block set with the take down was practiced over and over again and many started to use variations of what she taught to them.

    The work out was a great success  good job to all the instructors and participants.


  • June 30, 2014 5:02 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On June 1,2014 about 75 KIA Students Instructors and family members gathered for the  annual KIA Kick A Thon

    picnic at North Chagrin Park in Willoughby Hills Ohio. The Kick off began at 11 am followed by the cook out and our annual tug of war contest between the parents and the kids. Each year the kids challenge the parents and usually win but not this year the parents were in a competitive mood and took the first couple of matches before the kids pulled one out with the help of Sensei Brown. Megan from Make A Wish Foundation kicked along with our adults and did a great job. KIA sponsored her a $1.00 per kick. Megan helped raise over $300.00 with that sponsorship  from KIA.

    Only half of our group were able to attend the picnic with Graduation parties and vacations planned others will kick later but they still were able to contribute to the cause.

    Our wish child is Marissa from the local area and her wish is to visit the most haunted house in America. That happens to be the Winchester Mystery House in California which is where she is headed on her wish thanks to all the students , Sponsors and instructors with the Karate Institute of America. GREAT JOB AGAIN.

    On Behalf of the KIA Board of Directors we would like to Thank All of you for making these wishes come true.

    We will post pictures of Marissa's wish when we get the pictures from her wish trip.


  • May 18, 2014 9:45 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On May 18,2014 Sensei Josh Peters ran and completed the Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon. He was running in the marathon with his mom. Sensei Peters completed the marathon in 5hours , 32 minutes. We do not have the time of his mom .

    I would guess since it was not mentioned she finished earlier than Sensei Peters. Along the way Sensei Peters was surprised to see Sensei Slivka  cheering on the runners as he passed by.

    KIA was in full support

    . Congratulations Sensei Peters . Job well done. The KIA bike hike should be a breeze after the marathon.





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