Nov 26, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Bones Commemoration

For those who knew Jerry “Bones” Gentry, we commemorate him in this collage from the 1980s and 1990s. What a dynamic force Bones was in the early days of the KIA. We miss him and his energy tremendously, and are eternally grateful for all he did in helping establish the legacy of the Karate Institute of America. All photos copyright and courtesy of Genny “Cougar” Edge.

Nov 19, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The "King Kane" in Competition

From the Karate Institute of America 1980 and 1990 archives, Grandmaster Richard Andrew King competes with a cane. The cane, one of the most practical weapons in the contemporary world, is one of the standard weapons taught in the KIA’s Kiado-Ryu karate system. Free videos of the cane in action, as well as other weapons, can be found by following the “Videos” link at King’s Karate. Photo copyright and courtesy of Genny “Cougar” Edge.

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.