Dec 17, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Jamie Rowe, Then and Now

What a blast from the past! James Rowe is pictured with his bride-to-be, Megan Von Berg. On the left, we see him in the early 1980s as a KIA Orange Belt in much younger days when we knew him as Jamie Rowe. James is now thirty-six. How rewarding it is to see old friends reconnect and share their lives with us. Congratulations, Jamie and Megan. We wish you all the very best!

Dec 3, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Honoring Cougar

As many of you know, many of the photos featured in the Karate Institute of America photo of the week have been graciously supplied by Genny “Cougar” Edge, pictured here in 1990 performing a kata and relaxing on a nature hike twenty years later in 2010. Cougar received her Kiado-Ryu First Dan rating on December 15, 1990. She is the thirteenth Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu and one of only eight females to achieve Black Belt distinction of the sixty-three individuals who have garnered such success, a remarkable and noteworthy achievement.

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.