May 22, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Eric "EV" Vind, KIA Black Belt #10: Fallen But Not Forgotten

Every structure needs a foundation, and one of the corner stones of the KIA’s legacy is Eric “EV” Vind, the 10th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. In his mid teens at the time, Eric was one of four brothers who studied at the Karate Institute of America in its infancy. Beginning at our first studio on Via Fabricante in Mission Viejo in 1979, Eric became the first leader to emerge and set the mark for others to follow.

May 16, 2016 - Photos of the Week

The 1st Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu

© Genny “Cougar” Edge Steven “Widi” Ho began his karate experience at the Karate Institute of America with Kiado-Ryu Grandmaster, Richard Andrew King, in 1979 at the age of twelve in Mission Viejo, CA, at the original Via Fabricante studio. Gifted and eager to learn, Steven applied his talents and studies diligently and became the first Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu in 1984 when he was seventeen. Ho competed extensively for the KIA in both open hand kata and weapons forms.

May 9, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Living "Flash" from the Past

He began his KIA journey in 1985 after graduating from the University of California Irvine with a degree in Philosophy, a minor in Classics, and a tennis forehand that would make Roger Federer cower. Well, maybe. Who is he? “He” is Clark Hyman, the 16th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America; callsign, “Flash.” 1st Dan ranking, 1991. Regarding his Karate Institute of America training, Flash says, The intense work ethic and “There can be no excellence without effort” became a part of my core values at the KIA.

May 2, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Who's Watching You?

Being aware of your surroundings is one of the first lines of self-defense. Yet, many women go through their days not really paying attention to who’s watching them. Remember, this is a predatory world, and although most people are decent there are those who are not, who have nefarious agendas of molestation, kidnapping, rape and more. Being responsible for one’s safety means surveying your environment to assess any potential threats.

Apr 25, 2016 - Photos of the Week

3 KIA Dudes and a Chick Under Cover

This is a fun photo. Four of the Karate Institute of America’s “Tried & True” don the new Kiado-Ryu baseball caps during class on 21 April 2016. Front row (all by his lonesome): 5th Dan Master, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas Second row (left to right): Blue belt Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett. 1st Dan Black Belt James “Psycho” Griffin. Back row (standing tall): 1st Dan Black Belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet.

Apr 18, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Black Belt Benefactor

The Karate Institute of America has been extremely blessed throughout its thirty-seven year history with wonderfully generous people who have given their time, energy, skill, and support to ensure its success. Without question, the one individual whose generous endowment blessed the KIA with its own studio in the early 2000s is 2nd Dan Black Belt, Jeff “Boa” Norman — the 61st Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. In 2001, the KIA was without an indoor facility.