Nov 16, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Maddog & Sons

Pictured with Greg “Maddog” Bendel, the fourteenth Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, are his two beautiful sons: Hunter (age 7, left) and Marcus (age 4, right). This photo was taken at the KIA’s thirtieth anniversary celebration at Dana Point Harbor on August 30, 2009, nineteen years after Maddog achieved his First Dan. He is now one of thirteen Second Degree KIA Black Belts.

Nov 9, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Proud Families

Supporting new blue belts, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (left) and Josh “Viper” Shamassian (right), are Mr. and Mrs. Ligtvoet with their son, Tristan, Grandpa Shamassian with Mr. and Mrs. Shamassian with their son, Josh. Hannah, Josh’s sister, is in the front row along with Raptor’s little brother, Aidan. Aidan looks like he’s ready to follow in his brother’s footsteps.

Nov 2, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Hyman Family

Clark “Flash” Hyman, the sixteenth Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, who received his First Dan in August of 1991, is pictured behind his lovely and ageless wife, Gwen, and their two sons, Sheldon and Brandon. Flash has been a wonderful friend to and stalwart component of the legacy of the Karate Institute of America since he began his martial arts studies in the mid-1980s. Some people just never get old!

Oct 26, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Ascending Studs

Congratulations new blue belts, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (left) and Josh “Viper” Shamassian (right)! These two young men are rising stars in the Kiado-Ryu, ascending studs to be sure. This last test was excellent, both boys exhibiting vast improvement in their abilities. Pictured with Raptor and Viper are (from left-to-right), Black Belts Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Christopher “Growler” Grau, Mr. King, and Mike “Shooter” Benedict.

Oct 19, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Bowing In

The date: October 13, 2009. The event: Tristan Ligtvoet and Josh Shamassian’s Blue Belt test. From left-to-right are, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Tristan, Christopher “Growler” Grau, Josh, Mike “Shooter” Benedict, and Mr. King (kneeling in front). The boys did an excellent job during their testing, as confirmed by the Black Belt panel. More to come, stay tuned.

Oct 12, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Grau Family

Pictured left-to-right are Christopher, Christa, and Kaylee Grau. Chris “Growler” Grau is the 36th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America, the webmaster of Kiado-Ryu.com, and will soon be testing for his Third Dan, a prestigious rank of considerable achievement, which will make him the highest ranking active Black Belt at the KIA. Christa, his lovely wife, heralds from Arizona. Kaylee was soon to be a year old when this photo was taken.