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.

Jan 11, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Are You Prepared Yet?

These times we live in are getting scarier and scarier by the day. Are you prepared to defend yourself or your loved ones? Would you know what to do and how to do it? Are you simply living in hope that you’ll always be safe? Are you prepared to be in the “I-wish-I had-taken-a-self-defense-class” category? One of the mottos taught at the Karate Institute of America is, If you fail to prepare you prepare to fail.

Jan 4, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Psycho With A Heart

This week’s photo features not just any psycho, but the KIA’s own Psycho, which is the callsign for James Griffin, the 60th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. James’ sister is Anna “Wildcat” Griffin, the 55th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. Pictured with Psycho and Mr. King is Mr. Griffin, the patriarch of the wonderful Griffin family, and partner with Mrs. Griffin, its matriarch. The Griffins have been stalwart supporters of the KIA for decades, and we are eternally grateful they have shared their hearts, minds, spirits, character and lives with us.

Dec 21, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA History - 15 December 2015!

Congratulations to Kim “Cultivator” Thomas and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet for their extremely noteworthy accomplishments on 15 December 2015, Tuesday. Kim Thomas has now earned the distinguished title, “Master Thomas” for achieving the rank of 5th Dan Black Belt. He is the first student in the history of the Karate Institute of America since its founding in 1979 to achieve such an enormous goal. Kim began his KIA journey in August of 2001 at the age of 45, received is 1st Dan Black Belt rating in July of 2007, and has not let up since, finalizing the “Master Dan” phrase of his journey at age 59.

Dec 14, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA History — On The Verge

Tuesday, 8 December 2015, was the first day of KIA impending history in two parts. First, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (top picture, center), soon to be KIA Black Belt #64, completed day one of his Black Belt test. His smile offers a stark contrast to his tattered gi and sweaty head—a common visual after such an ordeal, as the attending Black Belts will concur. They are, from left to right, Mike “Shooter” Benedict (2nd Dan KIA Black Belt #62), James “Psycho” Griffin (1st Dan KIA Black Belt #60), Chris “Growler” Grau (4th Dan KIA Black Belt #36 and web master for Kiado-Ryu.

Dec 7, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: See Something, Say Something

Self-defense demands awareness, and make no mistake about it, the world is under assault from radical Islamic terrorists and the decent people in the world must be aware and take positive action to thwart terrorist activity and prevent the loss of life. The incidents in Paris and San Bernardino of late are just two of the latest examples. Therefore, if you See Something, Say Something, meaning something suspicious. Forget about being politically correct.