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.

Jun 6, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Shuto of the "Hand Sword"

Swords are sharp…and cutting. The word “Shuto” is defined as a hand used like a sword in striking. Jerry “Shuto” Alston, the 28th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu (1994), not only used his hands as cutting implements on his opponents but he also used his mind as a cutting instrument to whittle his adversaries down to size. In fact, one of Shuto’s greatest assets, if not his greatest asset, is his mind.

May 30, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Don't Forget the Heroes

Copyright, Richard Andrew King DON’T FORGET THE HEROES is a patriotic, passionate and moving tribute to those American men and women who serve and have served the “Flag of the Free.” It also offers a special acknowledgment to all those souls who have suffered, died and cried as a result of the Vietnam War. Download the Full Song for Free HERE. ENDORSEMENTS DON’T FORGET THE HEROES is a wonderful tribute to all of us who served in Vietnam, both the living and the dead, and the families at home who also paid a price for loving a service member.

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.