Mar 11, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Trucker Celebration

Pictured with Bob are, from left to right: (front row) Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Mike “Shooter” Benedict, and Adam “Frog” Mahan; (middle row) Clark “Flash” Hyman, Greg “Maddog” Bendel, Richard “Whitefire” King, Bob “Trucker” MacFarlane, and Christopher “Growler” Grau; (back row) Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet, Jeff “Boa” Norman, Dr. Tim “Odin” McCord, and James “Psycho” Griffin. A group of Karate Institute of America Black Belts and students come together to celebrate and support Bob “Trucker” MacFarlane (wearing the white gi top and black T-shirt) in his fight against prostate cancer.

Mar 4, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Achilles Earns Orange

Jake “Achilles” Dale poses proudly with his family after earning his orange belt from the Karate Institute of America. Annette “Warrior” Dale, a KIA Green Belt, is accompanied by her husband, Mark, and daughter, Sofia “Cannon” Dale.

Feb 25, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Thunderpunch Turned Rock Climber

It’s great to hear from former students. Pictured here in his rock climbing attire is Todd Alston, also known as “Thunderpunch,” for his incredible punching power. Todd studied at the Karate Institute of America back in the 1980s. As well as being a great human being, he was also a tournament fighting champion and a dominant member of the KIA’s Demonstration Team. As one can imagine, Thunderpunch was also a stellar inspiration to the other students.

Feb 18, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Young Achilles

Jake “Achilles” Dale poses in preparation for his orange belt test on February 20. Jake is the son of KIA green belt Annette “Warrior” Dale and her husband, Mark. Achilles looks like a true karate kid, eh? A lot of talent in this young man, and so well-mannered, too!

Feb 11, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Dinosaur Meets Amphibian

Brown belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and purple belt Adam “Frog” Mahan pose after a sparring session. Raptor, the dinosaur, and Frog, the amphibian, are excellent martial arts students and devoted members of the Karate Institute of America. We’re honored they are a part of our Kiado-Ryu family and look forward to their continued excellence.

Feb 4, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belts in Ascendance

Rising to multiple levels of KIA martial art skill and training is exemplary. It takes enormous work, dedication, and perseverance to continue beyond the initial level of being a KIA Black Belt. Pictured are three of the Karate Institute of America’s post-first degree Black Belts. From left to right are, third dan Black Belts Christopher “Growler” Grau and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, and second dan Black Belt Dr. Tim “Odin” McCord.