Dec 5, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Super Stud & Star On The Horizon!

The Karate Institute of America has a new star on the horizon, but it isn’t a martial arts star, at least not yet. Who is it? Pictured with Mr. King is his eldest grandson, Ciaran, aka Lightning, a hockey stud and star on the horizon! This pic was taken in October at a Saturday morning practice at the local hockey rink in the Boston area. And is this kid ever a stud!

Nov 28, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: In Tribute to Grandpa Shamassian

The Karate Institute of America is deeply saddened to share the news that Grandpa Shamassian, Hannah’s paternal grandfather, has passed on. Our entire KIA family sends its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all of the Shamassian family, especially Grandma Shamassian and the loss of her cherished husband. Grandpa Shamassian, pictured in the wheel chair at Hannah’s Purple Belt test in July of 2016, was a loving, kind, gentle, intelligent, supportive, impressive human being—first class all the way.

Nov 21, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A KIA Black Belt's Tennis Team Wins National Championship

Clark “Flash” Hyman, the 16th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America, along with his over 55 tennis buddies, won the USTA National Championship in Arizona a couple weeks ago. So…Congratulations to you, Flash, and your team! National championships are hard to come by. Way to go! In the group photo below, Clark is in the front row, third from the left, aqua tee shirt. Here is the text from the Orange County Register:

Nov 14, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Strength is the Ability to Endure

Life is a test from birth to death; an endless struggle to maintain one’s balance, poise and grace while striving to achieve one’s personal goals. If we’re to conquer the challenges of life, we must be strong…for the long haul, not just for the passing moment or the fleeting glimpses of capricious fortune. Strength is a virtue. Talent is a gift. One can have talent but fail to achieve great things because of a lack of strength.

Nov 7, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Rank Does Not Make the Man. The Man Makes the Rank

In the Kiado-Ryu system, rank doesn’t make the man or woman, the man or woman make the rank. Who we are is not a matter of what we wear around our waist but what we stand for. For example, being a so-called “Black Belt” means nothing unless the individual who wears such a rank exudes those noble virtues associated with it, including but not limited to, self-control, discipline, courage, strength, commitment, humility, kindness, grace, patience, determination, dedication, persistence, respect and honor—a virtue seemingly unknown and forgotten in today’s society.

Oct 31, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: For Those Who Remember the King Girls...

Like everyone else, times change, and kids, well, they do grow up and have their own families and lives. Such are the circles and cycles of life. For those of you who remember my girls—Christa and Chandra—when they were young and hanging out at the studio, here they are, all grown up with their own beautiful families. On the bottom row (right) is Christa with her husband, Mike, just behind her.