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.

Aug 17, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Blonde On a Blue Horizon

Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett strikes a forward stance and punch as she prepares for her upcoming Blue belt test (TBA). She is a determined young woman with a “Never-say-die” mindset. Barracuda is also becoming a very accomplished Kiado-Ryu martial artist, brandishing excellent round house kicks and quick, studied hand movements. Her fighting spirit is nothing to challenge unless you want to find yourself looking up from a supine ground position, dazed, wondering what just hit you and how you got there!

Aug 10, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Sun Tzu on War

What student of the Karate Institute of America does not recognize this quote from the ancient Chinese warlord Sun Tzu . . . War is a grave concern of the state; it must be thoroughly studied. (Sun Tzu - The Art of War, translated by Samuel B. Griffith) This statement underscores the critical importance of not just studying martial arts but studying it thoroughly. As KIA students also know, and as The Black Belt Book of Life teaches, “Martial arts is life.

Aug 3, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Lightning Works

Ciaran, aka “Lightning,” moves from the Acquisition stage of his Karate Institute of America education to the Integration process - doing the practice. In the left photo he works his hand-checking skills with an overhand hook. He must be having fun if the smile on his face is any indication. In the right photo, Lightning practices his knee strike. Notice his concentration in both pics. Given his parental heritage, Ciaran has the potential of being a great athlete.

Jul 26, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Like Grandfather, Like Grandsons

Well, the circles and cycles of life keep circling ‘round. With Mr. King are his two grandsons: Ciaran, aka “Lightning,” (the elder, now 5) and Rory, aka “Thunder,” (the younger, age 1). They are the progeny of Whitefire’s younger daughter, Chandra, and her husband, Dan. Photo #1: Lightning gets instruction in hand checking as Thunder sits and takes notes. Photo #2: Lightning is put to the test with Thunder on deck, standing and ready to mix it up.