Oct 14, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Major Accomplishments Rising

Major Accomplishments Rising for THREE KIA Students Christopher “Growler” Grau and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas pose with soon-to-be 2nd Dan Brown Belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet upon successful completion of his test on Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, 7:00pm. Growler and Cultivator will be completing their requirements for a 4th Dan Black Belt rating with a performance of a few upper division katas. Fourth Dan is a highly prestigious Karate Institute of America black belt rank held only by one other Kiado-Ryu martial artist—Dan “Basai” Asay (currently inactive).

Oct 7, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Son of a Cougar

Jimmy Edge, shown here in a black gi top, red pants, and purple belt is the son of Genny “Cougar” Edge (Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #13) as he bows in before performing his kata at a martial arts tournament in 1985. Copyright and courtesy of Genny Edge.

Sep 23, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Boys of a Maddog

Pictured with his handsome young sons is Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #14 Greg “Maddog” Bendel. His youngest son, Marcus, just started the 3rd grade; elder son Hunter, the 6th grade. Maddog works for Hewlett Packard as a Business Continuity Consultant. He also serves as a reserve sergeant for Orange County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue division. During the 1980s and 1990s, Greg exercised his black belt acumen as an instructor for the Karate Institute of America.

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.