The spotlight shines brightly on Kim “Cultivator” Thomas as he prepares for his testing to become the first Black Belt in the 36 year history of the Karate Institute of America to achieve a 5th Dan “Master” status.
Thomas began his Kiado-Ryu journey just days before 911 and has been consistently developing his martial art skills for the last 14 years. His fierce determination and never-say-quit mindset underscore his massive accomplishment. After all, over 3,300 students have passed through the doors of the KIA since they opened on 31 August 1979. Cultivator will be the first student to reach such a distinguished and daunting Kiado-Ryu milestone.
Furthermore, Kim will be 59 in November, making his accomplishment all the more inspirational and impressive. He has a young heart and fearless spirit, but his body has long passed the age of endless energy. It is his indomitable will that has served him well, extremely well.
Stay tuned. The time is near. It would be wonderful to see KIA family members come to support him at this auspicious moment in our long history, at least on the night of his kata performances, TBA.