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  • 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

  • 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.

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