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.

Apr 15, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belt Canes in a Room of Fire

Practicing cane drills in their room of fire are Kiado-Ryu Black Belts Christopher “Growler” Grau (third Dan), Richard Andrew King (Grandmaster), and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (third Dan). Check out our Kiado-Ryu videos at KingsKarate.net. For excellent martial arts instruction for individuals or companies in Orange County, CA, contact Grandmaster Richard Andrew King at “King @ KingsKarate.net”. Photo courtesy of Adam “Frog” Mahan.

Apr 8, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Cultivator Attacked

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas has some fun with Adam “Frog” Mahan (left) and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (right). When the young men grabbed Kim, he countered with double karate chops to their groins and followed up with double backhands to their faces. Ah, youth! Be careful who you grab, and, more importantly, watch out for the old guys!

Apr 1, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Sam Taylor's Aloha Rainbow

It’s absolutely wonderful when students from the early days of the Karate Institute of America continue to reconnect with us. Such is the wonder of the web. With arms up-stretched under a beautiful Hawaiian rainbow is 6’ 7” Sam Taylor who studied with his brother at the KIA beginning in 1980. Sam was a great surfer, so it’s no wonder he migrated to Hawaii. By the way, Sam had a scary range with his kicks.