Sep 17, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Flashback - Dr. Milton "Super Zedha" Jacobson

Dr. Milton “Super Zedha” Jacobson is the 3rd Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. During his journey he paused for a moment to pose with his nunchucks—a standard Kiado-Ryu weapon. Milt began his martial arts journey at age 54 and achieved his 1st Dan Black Belt rating at age 60! What an inspiration!

Sep 10, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Dr. Milton Jacobson: Then and Now

This is a wonderful “Then and Now” photo of Dr. Milt “Super Zedha” Jacobson, the 3rd Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America, receiving his 1st Dan on 20 September 1985, as the collage reveals. Thanks to computer technology, not available to the averge person in 1985, Dr. Jacobson poses with his wife, Gloria, in a recent photo taken in September of 2013. “Then,” Dr. J was 60 years old, having begun his Kiado-Ryu martial arts journey at the tender age of 54!

Sep 2, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Black Belt Book of Life

The Black Belt Book of Life - Secrets of a Martial Arts Master shares valuable principles of life to enable people of all ages to live a more substantive life, whether they’re involved in the martial arts or not. The Black Belt Book of Life has been reformatted and is available in both KINDLE ($9.99) and Paperback ($17.83) here: http://amzn.to/pJSoeZ {% blockquote Gigi Stybr, author of “The Music of an Unequal Love.

Aug 26, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Blast from the Past: Kiado-Ryu Class ca. 1986

This Blast from the Past features a group test in 1986. These were wonderful times, times before cell phones, computers, and video games; times in which individuals engaged in the challenging work of improving themselves, of becoming substantive within the martial arts environment. Where is such a scene visible in today’s society? Where are those individuals who invest in themselves, their health and well-being? Indeed, where has all the substance gone?

Aug 19, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Blast From the Past: Juliette "JW" Williamson

She was the most driven young student in the history of the Karate Institute of America, and the most competitively accomplished. Juliette Williamson, callsign “JW,”, began her KIA journey at the tender young age of eight. Extraordinarily, by age twelve in 1985, she became the fourth adult-ranked Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. It is hard to believe that was twenty-eight years ago. Time truly does march on and waits for no man, but even so, it cannot erase wonderful memories and accomplishments of one young lady, accomplishments well-deserved through hard work, drive, determination, courage, talent, and ambition.

Aug 12, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Blast from the Past: Tough As Nails

Posing with one of his trophies in 1991 is David “Nails” Mooney, the 19th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. David was given his call sign “Nails” because he was as tough as nails. A relentless individual in his studies, David gave one of the best black belt testing performances in Kiado-Ryu history. He had prepared himself so well that even today, twenty-years later, his work ethic lives on and sets a standard for others to follow.