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Dec 7, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Barnyard Critters Climbing the Wall

Barnyard critters climbing the Wall? What in the world is this all about? Well, it’s about strength, courage, persistence, determination and a relentless “Never-Give-Up” attitude that pervades the Kiado-Ryu spirit. The Wall? Ugh? Yes, the Wall—that vertical edifice that currently contains only 2% of the 3,300 students moving through the KIA’s 41 year history who have reached the level of Black Belt. That percentage translates to only 64 students: 56 males and 8 females.

Nov 23, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Antifa Punk vs. Marine: Oops!

This is a classic scenario—an Antifa punk attempts a cowardly sucker punch when the man he is accosting turns his head. What happens next is astonishing. It is powerful. Must see. Be sure to read the comments. They’re very cool. As you’re watching this 1:13 second video, ask these questions: What mistake(s) did the Antifa punk make? What mistake(s) did the marine in the white shirt make?

Nov 9, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Introducing the Viper!

The Karate Institute of America and the Kiado-Ryu system of martial arts welcome Nolan B., aka “Viper,” to our karate family, as well as his Dad, Eric, his mom, Melissa, and his younger brother, Reed. In one word, Nolan is a stud. Only eight years old, he can knock off 100 sit-ups with aplomb. He loves challenges and defies any thought that he cannot succeed in anything he wants to do.

Oct 26, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Coyote in Concert!

Steven J. Vertun, aka “Coyote,” is the 39th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America and the Kiado-Ryu system of martial arts. His performance excellence led him to become the North American Sports Karate Association (NASKA) National kata (forms) Champion in 1993. To achieve this esteemed goal, Steve traveled to thirteen venues throughout the United States, compiling victory after victory, which ultimately led him to be the Best of the Best at his rank in the entire country.

Oct 12, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Stavroula Avramidis: Firearms Instructor & Founder

Stavroula Avramidis, “Stav” to her friends, is not just a gal with a gun, she’s the Instructor and Founder of “She Equips Herself”—a business Equipping women with the tools they need to feel safe and confident no matter the situation. Stav is not just a pretty face, she’s an expert shooter with lethal firearm skills. Don’t believe it? Check out this instructional YouTube video where she and her boyfriend, Robert MacQuarrie, aka “Mac,” a former range coach and primary marksmanship instructor for the Marine Corps, discuss sight alignment, trigger control, accuracy and more.

Sep 28, 2020 - Feature of the Week

A Rising "Wind"

Shaw “Wind” Shahriari is the newest member of the Kiado-Ryu family. Heralding from Tehran—the largest city and capital of Iran—Wind is an extraordinary individual. A business man in the automotive field, Shaw has extensive experience in other martial art styles and is now a solid student of the Karate Institute of America. In the following photo Wind is adorning a white belt as his KIA journey begins. Notice the smile.