Jul 25, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Hannibal's Purple Horizon

Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian has been spying a Purple Horizon for some time now. On 21 July 2016, she crossed that horizon through great determination, persistence and an undying will—all met to the thunderous applause and approval of those who witnessed her accomplishment. Way to go, Hannah! Great job! You are truly an inspiration, the epitome of persistence and the manifestation of the great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s eternal words: Never, never, never, never give up!

Jul 11, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Wildcat in the Mountains

As a follow up to last week’s feature of the week, “Wildcat On The Move,” Anna Griffin sent a few stunningly beautiful photos of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They are breath-taking! Enjoy the photos and all KIA features of the week at http://www.kiado-ryu.com/.

Jul 4, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Wildcat on the Move

As nature has her wildcats, so does the Karate Institute of America, and our Wildcat, like Nature’s, is on the move! Anna “Wildcat” Griffin is the 55th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. She began her KIA journey at age 11. In 1998 she earned her 1st Dan Black Belt rating. True to her callsign, Wildcat is as tough as they come and a true legend in KIA history. Anna, a former United States Army veteran of eight years, relocated from the central plains of the U.

Jun 27, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA Principle #13: Substance Before Symbol

In so many ways the civilization of the 21st Century lives in the delusion that symbol is more important than substance; that the character of who we are has been turned inside-out and upside-down to where it’s more important to be superficially adorned with the trappings of celebrity, fame, name, power, wealth, status, popularity and gamesmanship than it is to be anchored in principles of character, humility, honesty, honor, dignity, purity and substance.

Jun 12, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belt in Blue

Always with a smiling, optimistic, positive attitude is Terry “Slider” Bass, the 50th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America, pictured here in his ubiquitous blue gi. Slider achieved his 1st Dan on 13 December 1997. Possessing a strong, noble and generous character, Slider has been a staunch supporter of the KIA and other students, often attending the Black Belt tests of prospective candidates. As a fighter, Terry is very crafty, skilled, determined.