Feb 22, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA Principle #9: Character Must Precede Prowess

In the wisdom of time with its messages ageless, the pinnacle of all is that Character Must Precede Prowess. If we are to live with a noble and elevated spirit, regardless of our personal comfort, it is axiomatic that we realize that Character Must Precede Prowess. In other words, character must come first before our martial arts rank, status, championships, name, fame, skill, billfold, bank account, titles on the door, trophies on the shelf, name plates on the desk, headlines in the local society column or records in the record book.

Feb 15, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA Chief of Chiefs

There is only one “Chief” in the annals of Kiado-Ryu history, and there always will be only one. That “Chief” is Dr. Tim Huston, whose callsign fits his persona. A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Huston is the 29th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, receiving his 1st Dan rank on 12 February 1994. In fact, he is the patriarch of the inaugural father/son Black Belt duo at the Karate Institute of America.

Feb 8, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Flashback Beauties

Wow! Check out these beautiful ladies from the 1994 Karate Institute of America pictorial annuals. Kneeling in the front row is Orange Belt Nicole “Goldilocks” Hackler (now a Brown Belt). In the back row from left to right are Heather “Burner” Corn (now Riggs), the 37th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu; Liz “Quasar” Eckes (now Avram), the 46th Black Belt of the KIA, and Purple Belt Christa “Commander” King (now Jacob).

Feb 1, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Awesome Twin Kids and Their Selfless Acts of Generosity

This is an inspirational story, the kind that warms your heart, the kind we need more of, the kind that all parents should share with their children. Jon “Stretch” Vail studied at the Karate Institute of America back in the 80s before he headed off to college. He and his lovely wife, Janice, have twin children—Jenny and Ryan. They’re cool kids, really cool kids. After looking at these photos, check out their amazing story of entrepreneurialism and generosity at this link.

Jan 25, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: No Excellence Without Effort

Kiado-Ryu Passages & Principles There can be no excellence without effort. We live in an age with effort waning With riches expected sans work, But in all reality and actuality There can be no excellence without effort. The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a Martial Arts Master Principle #18; page 73 © Richard Andrew King

Jan 18, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Blast From The Past - Maddog On A Mission

Greg “Maddog” Bendel executes a pose during his Green belt test in 1987 at the KIA. He attained his 1st Dan Black Belt on 15 December 1990, becoming the 14th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. Greg continued his studies and earned his 2nd Dan Black Belt degree. Maddog was an instructor at the KIA, as well as being a martial arts open tournament champion. He was a stickler for detail and precision, which no doubt assisted him in his professional career.