Jun 23, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Growler's Revenge

In a playful moment, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas attempts to push Chris “Growler” Grau but oops! Surprise! Growler countered with a rather direct and surprising stretch/throat move, quite enjoying the exchange, as is obvious by the smile on his face!

Jun 16, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Hannibal Socks

Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian is known for her flair, as well as her martial artistry. Notice her feet? She’s wearing a different sock on each foot. This unique artistic touch has garnered her a second call sign, “Socks.” Hannah’s spirit is as fun as her wardrobe! She’s a delightful young woman, up and coming martial artist, and, by the way, she employs a wicked right punch!

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.