Oct 5, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Spotlight Shines on Kiado-Ryu History

The spotlight shines brightly on Kim “Cultivator” Thomas as he prepares for his testing to become the first Black Belt in the 36 year history of the Karate Institute of America to achieve a 5th Dan “Master” status. Thomas began his Kiado-Ryu journey just days before 911 and has been consistently developing his martial art skills for the last 14 years. His fierce determination and never-say-quit mindset underscore his massive accomplishment.

Sep 28, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A True Kiado-Ryu Chainsaw

It’s hard to believe but this photo was taken nearly a quarter of a century ago. From our Karate Institute of America archives, courtesy of Jenny “Cougar” Edge, and mugging for the camera during his Black Belt test, is Jeff “Chainsaw” Kelly who went on to become the 18th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. His coronation ceremony was 23 November 1991. Jeff transferred from another martial arts studio when it closed down.

Aug 24, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: American Rambo, His Valiant Wife, and Global Grins

What a wonderful and nostalgic reunion with Todd “American Rambo” Miller. Todd studied at the Karate Institute of America in the early 1980s when he was simultaneously studying at USC where he graduated cum laude from the Real Estate Finance Program at the Marshall School of Business. He is now the owner of Western States Technologies in Irvine, CA. Todd is also a Gold Medalist and National Champion in Adult/Senior volleyball, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the renowned Semester at Sea collegiate program.