Mar 3, 2019 - Feature of the Week

The Management Works — KIA Self-Defense Workshop

It was a fun day with a fun group! Chip Robinson, owner of The Management Works and a Karate Institute of America fighting and forms champion, hosted a self-defense workshop for his employees on 12 February 2019. The following photo was taken at the end of a four hour, jam-packed session of self-defense knowledge, kicks, strikes, techniques, tactics and strategies. Chip, aka Hawk (his KIA callsign), has surrounded himself with a host of excellent and professional individuals who have all contributed to the success of The Management Works - a real estate property management company located in Newport Beach, CA.

Feb 18, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Hannibal's Knife Edge Beauty

One of the major criteria in evaluating the excellence of martial artists is their form, i.e., the structure of their basic fundamentals, techniques, kicks, punches, hand strikes, movement, etc. If their form is faulty, so will be their art. If their form is perfect, so will their art be also. Throughout the history of the Karate Institute of America, the form of our competitors has been responsible for literally hundreds of championships in all areas of martial arts competition on a local, state, regional and national level.

Feb 4, 2019 - Feature of the Week

The Fighting Spirit

It is not the size of the man in the fight that wins. Rather, it is the size of the fight in the man that proves victorious, and the size of that fight depends on the size of the spirit in the man. On 23 March 1775, Patrick Henry, an American lawyer and patriot, delivered a speech to the Virginia Convention urging his fellow countrymen to wage a war for independence against Great Britain and King George.

Jan 20, 2019 - Feature of the Week

The D. C. Factor

The following excerpt is from Chapter 8, The Karate Consciousness – From Worldly Warrior to Mystic Master by Kiado-Ryu Grandmaster Richard Andrew King, available at and from Amazon. The “D and C” are the initials for Discipline and Control respectively. They generate the “Discipline-Control Factor” – an idea basic to all principles of achievement, without which there could be no accomplishment. The relationship between Discipline and Control is that the former generates the latter.

Jan 7, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Warrior's Clan

Warrior’s Clan Then & Now Cannon & Achilles Who are these cuties? If there is one thing in this world that is certain it is that time marches on and we all get older. The photo with the two cuties above was taken in August of 2009. Pictured are Sofia “Cannon” Dale and brother Jake “Achilles” Dale, the children of Green Belt Annette “Warrior” Dale. In the photo below we see these very focused and talented dynamos doing kicking drills during The Karate Institute of America’s Kids Power Self-Defense Workshop on 7 November 2010, Sunday.

Dec 16, 2018 - Feature of the Week

Odin: Norse God of the Kiado-Ryu

The Karate Institute of America is home to a multitude of talented, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals. It even has its own Norse Deity, Odin, God of wisdom, magic, poetry, healing, battle, war, death and divination. Meet Dr. Tim McCord, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #25; callsign, Odin. Tim “Odin” McCord, now in his early fifties, began his KIA journey in his late teens. A stalwart fixture, fighter and presence of the studio from mid 1980s to mid 1990s, Odin, a 2nd Dan KIA Black Belt, received his 1st Dan ranking on 25 June 1993 at our Lake Forest studio.