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  • July 25, 2016 10:42 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On June 24,2016 at 6:46 am  twenty eight KI Warriors set out on a seventy five mile bike hike to East Harbor Park in Marblehead Ohio. It was a beautiful day and in the low seventies with a little breeze a beautiful day for a bike hike. There were five first time  bikers for this event and each of them made it all the way to the finish line. 

    Larry Gray was in the first group with Taylor Slivka and her father Jim Slivka which finished in five hours+.

    The last group to come in finished at 2:45 pm finishing the hike in about 8 hours .

    The warriors relaxed at the camp site until their 2 mile run and an hour long workout with Grandmaster Madry. Afterwards they all enjoyed bikers stew prepared by Sensei Salvadore.

    Saturday morning started out with a 6 am  warrior run  of five miles. Twenty 18 went out on the morning run the bikers along with the sag wagon drivers from Fridays bike hike.The run was completed by everyone by 7:30 am . One hour later the group headed over to the workout area set up for the morning station s workout which featured six KIA black belts teaching various martial arts self defense sets.

    First up was Sensei Kevin Salvadore who taught an Aikido techniques.

    Sensei Zachary Voelker and Sensei Craig Zemanek entertained the group with a knife defense which had them focusing and thinking hard to make sure they got it correct. Also Sensei Voelker did arm locking techniques with reversal moves that had the students wondering.

     Time ended very quickly for the group or so it seemed as they were really in to it.

    Sensei Jay Maki went into control techniques which was fascinating to watch.


    Sensei James Stuber  utilized Kung Fu , Aikido,and Kajukenpo to show the many similarities and the different approaches to self defense.

    All of the instructors did a great job and the students were very focused throughout the workout.

    Next up was the 2016 Kick off for the title of Grand champion kicker for our Make A Wish Fundraiser.

    The kickers were Stephanie Watts Garcia driving all the way from St. Louis Missouri to attend and Sensei Capirano from the Cleveland KI were are kickers this year.

    The kickers kicked for 1 minute and the results were totaled but the announcement was not revealed until after dinner and the KI Trivia was over.

    The tally in case you were wondering was 46 kicks to 45kicks   WINNER 

    Stephanie Watts-Garcia 2016 Grand Champion Kicker


    Congratulations to both kickers a job well done.



  • July 25, 2016 6:36 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On July 23,2016 about 45 students competed at the Sumer tournament held at the Twinsburg  KI.

    The day went fast and so was the competition. Students from Cleveland Twinsburg ,Munson and even Battlecreek Michigan attended the event.

    Competition was strong in all the division right down to the Mini Peewee's 5-6 year old.

    Your instructors should be proud of all of you. The sportsmanship was at its best.

    A young student made cupcakes and donated all the profits to Make A Wish for our KIA Kick A Thon

    Sensei Brown offered  to match whatever she raised from her sale. So at the end of the day someone bought the remainder of her cupcakes and gave her $100.00 which Sensei Brown will match on top of the money she had already collected. Great job young lady and thank you Sensei Brown from the children at Make A Wish and the KIA.

  • January 31, 2016 7:58 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    on January 30,2016 the Karate Institute of America students participated in the 40th Annual King Cobra Tournament in Erie PA. Grandmaster Madry along with Sensei Stuber took students to the tournament some for the first time in an outside event.Theier were many alumni of the tournament host by Master John Barton.

    Over 600 competitors gathered at the event from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Florida Canada and even England.The KIA has particicpated in this event for many years going back to the begining in 1976.

    There were many famous Martial artist that attended that started out in this event. Everett Eddy Artis Simmons John Bell, Dennis Janes, and Billy Blanks . For those of you that do not recognize Billy Blanks he is responsible for the TaeBo  exercise program.

    THe KIA students this year were Caleb Hawkins who fought hard but did not place in sparring and gathered a 1st place in Weapons Kata.

    Alex King who also fought hard losing his match 5-3  but held his own in the Advanced division as he was moved up from the intermediate division. We are proud of the way you fought Alex. Mr. King also took 2nd place in Kata.

    John Smith from Munson Had a good outing gatrhering a 4th place in Kata and a 3rd place in Sparring Doing this in his first outrside tournament was quite an accomplishment. Good Job Sir.

    Sensei Salvadore Ccompeting in this event in black belt division gained great experience. He did a nice job with a large division and will assuredly be rerady to advanced in his next competition.

    Sensei Peters also in the same division did well for his first outing in a while in a large tournament event. Sensei Peters lost his first match 5-3 but was paired up to someone that made him look small. You just never know who you have to fight. 

    Overall the KIA students represented the KIA well at the Cobra and are looking forward to the next event.

  • January 25, 2016 8:17 PM | James Stuber (Administrator)

    On July 20 at the Munson KI a Womens Self Defense class will be held beginning at 6:30pm-7:30pm. This two hour class will cover basic self defense and common sense self defense. The certified instructors at the Munson Karate Institute will take the particpants through wrist grabs chokes , from the front and grabs from behind in the special womens only class. The program will run from July 20 through August 17th. Every Wednesday for 5 weeks.

    Call today to save your spot.  440-285-0871 or e mail 


    The cost is $15.00per class or all 5 Classes for $55.00


  • 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.


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