Oct 5, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Lou & Linda Gacs

Lou and Linda Gacs have been devoted and long-time friends of Mr. King and the Karate Institute of America. Each is an accomplished Black Belt, Lou holding multiple black belts in different styles. Mr. King first met Mr. Gacs, a now-retired United States Marine, when he was hosting martial arts tournaments at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in the mid-1980s. Although not an official Kiado-Ryu Black Belt, Mr. Gacs is one of our own, a true friend, an unrelenting KIA supporter, and a black belt of uncompromising character.

Sep 28, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Warrior's Clan

Pictured here at the KIA 30th Anniversary Celebration at Dana Point Harbor is the Dale family. Annette “Warrior” Dale and her husband, Mark, are accompanied by their beautiful children, Sophia and Jake (also known as “Black Stripe” around the Karate Institute of America). Beautiful smiles!

Sep 21, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Cultivator's Repose

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas kneels in a moment of repose before he performs a kata during his Second Dan Black Belt test at the Karate Institute of America. Of the current sixty-three Black Belts of the Kiado-Ryu, Mr. Thomas is currently the eleventh Second Dan in the thirty year history of the KIA.

Sep 14, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Scary Eyes & Cultivator Blade

If Kim “Cultivator” Thomas didn’t scare anybody with those eyes of his, that knife with its curved beak certainly would. And notice that huge right hand holding the knife! One of Cultivator’s trademarks are his enormously strong mitts, developed over many decades during his career as a landscape architect. This shot was taken during his Second Dan Black Belt test, in which he performed an open blade knife kata—the use of a real blade being a KIA requirement—as well as two other weapon sets: short stick—his favorite—and nunchaku.

Sep 7, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Shooter's Gift

Mike “Shooter” Benedict, a Black Belt panel member, presents his gift of a Second Dan Black Belt tab to the newest Kiado-Ryu Second Dan Black Belt, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas. Shooter’s idea of presenting a striped tab to recognize black and brown belt degrees is an innovative concept worthy of merit.

Aug 31, 2009 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KC Thomas, Second Dan

Congratulations to Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, who achieved his Kiado-Ryu Second Dan Black Belt on Tuesday, August 25, 2009. Cultivator gave excellent performances with three weapons: nunchaku, stick, and knife. He also scored highly in his 360 extemporaneous attack drill. Kim’s skill as a Black Belt is commendable, but his immense character and ever-positive personality set him apart. All of us at the KIA are grateful that Kim Thomas is part of the Karate Institute of America, and we look forward to his attainment of Third Dan.