Mar 14, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belt Biker

KIA Black Belts are diverse individuals. Mike “Shooter” Benedict is one such person. One of his hobbies is being a biker, and he’s placing that “Benedict focus” into a fun and healthy passion. Shooter is the 62nd Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. He is also a 2nd Dan. His youngest son, Greg, aka, “Earthquake,” is the 59th Black of the KIA - another terrific father/son Black Belt duo.

Mar 7, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Black Belt <span style="color: #cc33cc;">Pinky</span> Champion

What in the world is “A Black Belt Pinky Champion?” It is a rather interesting question, is it not? Well, the Karate Institute of America has its own one-of-a-kind Black Belt Pinky Champion? He is Doug “Pinky” Krause, KIA Black Belt #48, who received his 1st Dan rating on 1 February 1997, nineteen years ago! Pinky’s National Championship was earned in 1993 on the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) circuit, which consisted of 13 cities in the United States hosting open, all comers tournaments.

Feb 29, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Great Words of Freedom

Dwight D. Eisenhower 5 Star General & U.S. President The following quotation is from one of America’s greatest men, Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is highly germane to today’s environment. It is also important for millennial children to understand because America’s future will one day be in their hands. If all that Americans want is security they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads.

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).