Jun 11, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Hannibal Earns Her KIA Orange Belt

Surrounding Hannah and Mr. King, posing in the center of the photo, are, in the back row, from left to right: Black Belt Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Grandpa Shamassian, Mr. Shamassian, Mrs. Shamassian, and Aunt Silva; in the front row, from left to right: Josh “Viper” Shamassian, Aiden and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet. Photographer, Mrs. Ligtvoet (not pictured). Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian, wearing a black gi with her brand new orange belt, revels joyfully after her orange belt test on June 4, which she passed with flying colors.

May 13, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Cultivator's Crane Pose

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas has fun spoofing The Karate Kid’s iconic crane stance featured in the popular 1984 movie. Cultivator, along with Christopher “Growler” Grau, are on pace to earn their 4th Dan Black Belt rating in the Fall of this year—an accomplishment that has only been achieved by Dan “Basai” Asay among the 3,000 plus students in the Karate Institute of America’s thirty-four year history.

Apr 29, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Major Piece of KIA History

It’s just a bag, right? Actually, this old brown bag is much more. It has the distinction of being the oldest bag in the history of the Karate Institute of America. It began its life in August of 1979, the official beginning of the KIA. After decades of faithful service being kicked, punched, blasted, and beaten, this old bag has been retired to remain an artifact of our rich and varied legacy as the KIA continues to march on in its duty to assist others who choose to pursue their martial arts skills and dreams.