Pictured is Grandmaster Richard Andrew King, founder of the Kiado-Ryu system and the Karate Institute of America, known to his students as “Mr. King” or, simply, “sir.” Most weeks, Mr. King is in charge of selecting a photo, but this week he is taking a much-deserved holiday and has left the duty to someone else. Thus he becomes the unwitting subject of this week’s photo highlight.
Needless to say, without Mr. King the Karate Institute of America—or this web site!—would not exist. He developed the Kiado-Ryu system, instructed us in not only its techniques, but its philosophy. Many of us are who we are today because of his influence and training.