Richard Andrew King, Grandmaster of the Karate Institute of America and creator of Kiado-Ryu Karate, will be giving a free two-hour self-defense talk and demonstration at the Orange Public Library on Saturday, 5 April 2014, from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM.
One of the most important ingredients in self-defense is Critical Distance. Being too close to an adversary (photo 1 on the left) allows the assailant to execute a hand strike, which can be too fast to defend (photo 2, center). However, by simply extending the distance between you and the assailant (photo 3, right) to at least a two-arm length, you create a safety barrier of time, time which allows you to react positively and avoid being struck.
In the Kiado-Ryu system of self-defense, distance is the #1 security. Simply stated, distance equals time, and the greater the distance, the greater the time it takes for either your opponent to strike you or for you to react to his strike. The moral of this story is . . . keep your distance, at least a two-arm length, and preferably three.
This class photo was taken during a testing at the Karate Institute of America in 1986, twenty-eight years ago during the Golden Years of the KIA. Back then there were no computers, cell phones, tablets, social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. It was a very different time, but as time goes, not that long ago in relation to the massive changes our world has gone through since then.
For those of you KIA students, can you find those who were or became Black Belts in the photo – Bob MacFarlane, Rose Guck-Hoberg, Jerry Alston, Don Quinn, Greg Bendel, Terry Bass, Dr. Milt Jacobson, Genny Edge, Colin Lee, Danny Asay, Larry Vetter, Richard King?
Those times were special times, replete with values of hard work, dedication, patience, determination, courage, discipline, skill, desire, and family – values not so common in today’s fast-paced, frenetic world. It was a great time, but as we all know, time marches on, waiting for no man. Yet, it was in those wonderful times that the substantive legacy of the Karate Institute of America was formed, a legacy continuing to this day, in spite of changing times, and still, the KIA marches on since its inception in 1979.
Photo copyrighted and owned by Genny “Cougar” Edge
Annette “Warrior” Dale is a cannon maker. “How so?” you ask. Warrior is the mother of Sofia “Cannon” Dale featured in our previous photo of the week. Annette holds a Green Belt ranking from the Karate Institute of America, and she is tough. Warrior was a state champion long distance runner in high school, as well as a gymnast in her youth. She holds a Master’s Degree in psychology and advanced certifications in her field. Warrior is also the mother of Jake “Achilles” Dale, who is as talented and smart as both his mother and sister.
Sofia “Cannon” Dale delivers a palm-claw to Bob during a lesson. Cannon is the daughter of Mark and Annette “Warrior” Dale, and she did not get her callsign of “Cannon” without merit. This young lady has power to spare, so beware to anyone attempting to mess with this powerhouse! “Are you okay, Bob? You don’t look too happy.”
Dr. Kenneth “Ramjet” Anderson, Karate Institute of America Black Belt #11 (1990) was one of the toughest, most honorable, hard working, and dedicated students in Kiado-Ryu history. A champion fighter, Ramjet exhibited a quiet power and humility. He was never arrogant, never boisterous, never forsaking his Marine Corps military bearing. Ramjet was so tough he went through an entire brown belt testing with broken ribs, a fact not known until another student revealed his injury after the test. Incredible!
Ramjet moved to northern California before he could complete his Black Belt training but traveled back to the Karate Institute of America every few months to complete the curriculum. He earned his 1st Dan Black Belt Rating in 1990. Dr. Anderson is the only person in KIA history to have relocated and yet, through incredible dedication, make the impressive effort to return every few months on a weekend until his mission to be a Kiado-Ryu Black Belt was achieved. Such commitment is a rare jewel.
One of Dr. Anderson’s great character traits was his dedication. He was relentless in his preparation for every test he took. Of his enormous effort, Mr. King has said that no one in Kiado-Ryu history has prepared harder and more thoroughly than Ramjet. His dignity, character, work ethic, skill, manners, courage, and toughness are legend. We are enormously proud and honored to have Dr. Kenneth “Ramjet” Anderson as one of our own.
Thanks, Ramjet, for your energy, character, ethics, ethos, and the memories! Oh, those memories! We are all proud that you are part of our rich Kiado-Ryu legacy!
Our friend, Isabel Rolo, invited us on her internet “Let It Shine Show” to demonstrate some self-defense skills, which my daughter, Christa, 4th Dan Black Belt, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, and I graciously accepted. Take a break and watch the video. It has some simple but powerful skills anyone can use to protect themselves from assault.
For martial arts lessons, workshops, or events, contact Richard King: king @ kingskarate.net.
For martial arts principles, read: The Black Belt Book of Life – Secrets of a Martial Arts Master available in paperback at Amazon.com or on Kindle
Bob “Grinder” Schreck, Karate Institute of America Black Belt #6, goes through the “bag drill” portion of his 1st Dan Black Belt test in 1986 (center of the bag ring). Grinder, who went on to achieve his 2nd Dan Black Belt rating received his callsign because of his indomitable spirit to succeed. Bob was not a champion performer but he was and is a champion human being, dedicated friend, and excellent student who lives the true code of a Black Belt through his quiet power, humility, and untarnished character.
Photograph copyright Genny “Cougar” Edge.
What a wonderful Christmas gift! Todd “Thunderpunch” Alston, visiting from back East, dropped by to pay Mr. King a visit. It was a great Christmas gift from Todd, who was one of the Karate Institute of America’s stalwart students in the 1980s. Todd’s contributions to the KIA in that era are prodigious. His intensity, courage, skill, support, and fighting expertise earned him enormous respect among other Kiado-Ryu students as well as his adversaries.
Todd, a free-form rock climber, did not get his callsign “Thunderpunch” by chance. He was a fearsome fighter whose principle weapon was a thundering reverse punch. A champion fighter, Todd had a knack for finding an opening in his opponent’s defenses. In fact, Thunderpunch’s “fighting eye” was so good he could find an eyeball on a flea. Mr. King has always said that when you fought Todd Alston, you knew you were going to get hit. It was just a matter of where and how hard . . . devastingly hard, like broken ribs hard.
Still, Todd was and is a kind, gracious, respectful, first class human being who has never forgotten his roots. His life over the years has not been an easy one; in fact, quite the contrary. He has overcome challenges and difficulties that would break most men, but he has never broken. He carries on, strength, courage, and spirit in tact, and we are deeply grateful that Todd “Thunderpunch” Alston is such a dynamic spoke in the wheel of our KIA legacy, and that he respects, remembers, and is ever grateful for his Karate Institute of America background.
Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian expresses her creative flair in wearing “Rainbow” leggings for her private karate lesson. But don’t let the fancy colors fool you. Hannah wasn’t named for one of the greatest military generals of all time, Hannibal, for no good reason. She is one tough … but feminine … young woman. We’re glad she’s on our side! I’m sure we’ll see more of her creative flair as her Karate Institute of America journey continues.