Jun 9, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Never Mess With a Raptor

Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (pronounced “Light foot”) easily dispatches his attackers—Chris “Growler” Grau (red gi top) and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (all black gi). Raptor has come a long way up since his younger, and much shorter, days as a raptor fledgling. He will be testing for his 3rd degree Brown Belt soon. We’re really proud of him. Stay tuned.

Jun 2, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Blast from the Past: "E.T. on the Edge"

Hard to believe this photo was taken twenty-eight years ago in 1986. In many ways it seems like yesterday. Sparring with each other are Eric “E.T.” Tan and Jimmy “Moneyman” Edge, both of whom have grown into fine men. Eric is the 22nd Black Belt of the KIA. Jimmy is the son of Genny “Cougar” Edge, the 13th KIA Black Belt. In the foreground on the left is Clark “Flash” Hyman, a green belt then but who became the KIA’s 16th Black Belt in 1991.

May 19, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Don "Quindar" Quinn

The Karate Institute of America has been blessed with wonderful people throughout its history. One of the classiest, yet toughest, individuals is Don “Quindar” Quinn, the 7th Black Belt of the KIA. Quindar received his 1st Dan rating in 1988. Always a gentleman, and always in control, Don was a rock-solid inspiration of what a true Kiado-Ryu Black Belt is.

May 12, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Achilles' Family: Post-test Selfie

The Karate Institute of America has entered the Age of the Selfie! Pictured in this selfie (taken after Achilles’ Purple Belt test) are the Cardens. From left to right in the front row are: Big sister Sofia, Jake, mom Annette and dad Mark. Mr. King was graciously invited to join the photo.

May 10, 2014 -

The Number One Black Belt Quality

Have you ever wondered what the number one quality is that identifies all Black Belts? I can’t speak for other martial art studios, but in the thirty-five year history of the Karate Institute of America, from its beginning on 31 August 1979, one common thread identifies every one of its sixty-three Black Belts to date. That one quality is…persistence. They never quit. They just kept on pressing on until they achieved the very prestigious goal of becoming a KIA Black Belt.