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Jan 27, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Blast from the Past: Dr. Kenneth "Ramjet" Anderson

Dr. Kenneth “Ramjet” Anderson, Karate Institute of America Black Belt #11 (1990) was one of the toughest, most honorable, hard working, and dedicated students in Kiado-Ryu history. A champion fighter, Ramjet exhibited a quiet power and humility. He was never arrogant, never boisterous, never forsaking his Marine Corps military bearing. Ramjet was so tough he went through an entire brown belt testing with broken ribs, a fact not known until another student revealed his injury after the test.

Jan 13, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Self Defense Video

Our friend, Isabel Rolo, invited us on her internet “Let It Shine Show” to demonstrate some self-defense skills, which my daughter, Christa, 4th Dan Black Belt, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, and I graciously accepted. Take a break and watch the video. It has some simple but powerful skills anyone can use to protect themselves from assault. For martial arts lessons, workshops, or events, contact Richard King: king @ For martial arts principles, read: The Black Belt Book of Life - Secrets of a Martial Arts Master available in paperback at Amazon.

Dec 30, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Blast From the Past: Bob "Grinder" Schreck

Bob “Grinder” Schreck, Karate Institute of America Black Belt #6, goes through the “bag drill” portion of his 1st Dan Black Belt test in 1986 (center of the bag ring). Grinder, who went on to achieve his 2nd Dan Black Belt rating received his callsign because of his indomitable spirit to succeed. Bob was not a champion performer but he was and is a champion human being, dedicated friend, and excellent student who lives the true code of a Black Belt through his quiet power, humility, and untarnished character.

Dec 16, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Thunderpunch Christmas Gift

What a wonderful Christmas gift! Todd “Thunderpunch” Alston, visiting from back East, dropped by to pay Mr. King a visit. It was a great Christmas gift from Todd, who was one of the Karate Institute of America’s stalwart students in the 1980s. Todd’s contributions to the KIA in that era are prodigious. His intensity, courage, skill, support, and fighting expertise earned him enormous respect among other Kiado-Ryu students as well as his adversaries.

Dec 2, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Rainbow Hannibal

Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian expresses her creative flair in wearing “Rainbow” leggings for her private karate lesson. But don’t let the fancy colors fool you. Hannah wasn’t named for one of the greatest military generals of all time, Hannibal, for no good reason. She is one tough . . . but feminine . . . young woman. We’re glad she’s on our side! I’m sure we’ll see more of her creative flair as her Karate Institute of America journey continues.

Nov 25, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Achilles Strikes a Pose

Jake, aka, “Achilles,” son of “Warrior”, strikes a pose as he practices during one of his Orange belt lessons while studying for his Purple belt. Achilles is one of the finest young men you could ever meet, as well as being a first class athlete and martial artist. And to think that he is only ten years old!