Dec 16, 2018 - Feature of the Week

Odin: Norse God of the Kiado-Ryu

The Karate Institute of America is home to a multitude of talented, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals. It even has its own Norse Deity, Odin, God of wisdom, magic, poetry, healing, battle, war, death and divination. Meet Dr. Tim McCord, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #25; callsign, Odin. Tim “Odin” McCord, now in his early fifties, began his KIA journey in his late teens. A stalwart fixture, fighter and presence of the studio from mid 1980s to mid 1990s, Odin, a 2nd Dan KIA Black Belt, received his 1st Dan ranking on 25 June 1993 at our Lake Forest studio.

Dec 3, 2018 - Feature of the Week

Congratulations, Hannah!

The day—15 November 2018, Thursday. It was a Blue Belt milestone for Hannah Shamassian and the Karate Institute of America as this lovely young lady moved up another rung on the Kiado-Ryu ladder of accomplishment. Hannah is a paradox. She’s very quiet during her lessons, using few words to communicate with Mr. King. But when she does her bag work, look out! Her power is off the charts for her size, as her brother, Josh, understands full well.

Nov 19, 2018 - Feature of the Week

The KIA's Own Hollywood

He was one of the best and toughest fighters in the history of the Karate Institute of America. “He” is Guy McDonald, callsign “Hollywood.” He and Mr. King met up for lunch in October. It was awesome to reconnect after so many decades, decades that strangely seem like only a few weeks. How amazingly time flies. Yet, how wonderful it was to relive old stories and memories of a magical time gone by.

Oct 22, 2018 - Feature of the Week

Power Precepts: Internal vs. External Power

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from chapter 2, pages 25–28, of the second edition of “The Karate Consciousness: From Worldly Warrior to Mystic Master,” a book by Richard King. Man was not created to dominate his fellow man. He was created to live in the fullness of the Light and to radiate that Light throughout the corridors of the universe. The karate consciousness of today is not centered in the fullness of the Light—divine illumination and understanding as characterized by life, love, peace, perfection, purity, prosperity, health, harmony, strength and wisdom.

Oct 8, 2018 - Feature of the Week

Fighter Pilot Warrior—Lt. Col. Ronald R. King

© 1966, All rights reserved Lt. Colonel Ronald R. King is honored on Panel 27E, Line 44 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C. Click on the photo or the following link to review his feature on The Wall of Faces and various testimonials of appreciation for his duty and service to America. http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/28069/RONALD-R-KING Lt. Col. King’s commemoration on The Wall of Faces states he was MIA (Missing In Action).