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.

Apr 28, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Proud Purple Belt

Jake “Achilles” Dale smiles proudly as Mr. King places his Purple Belt around his waist, concluding his test on 21 April. Achilles is a wonderful young man, possessing noteworthy respect and manners, excellent athletic skills, and a sensitive, artistic soul. We continue to look forward to more great things from Jake as he continues on his KIA journey.

Apr 21, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Achilles Blocking

Jake “Achilles” Dale goes through a blocking set during his Purple Belt test. It’s challenging to do a test solo, but Achilles, the young warrior he is, the son of a Warrior, handled the challenge with courage and skill.