Kiado-Ryu Karate

Jun 18, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Where's Dr. Milton Jacobson?

Where’s Dr. Milton Jacobson? Dr. Milton “Super Zedha” Jacobson is the third Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. A great inspiration, Dr. J. began his martial arts studies at the age of 54 and earned his first degree Black Belt at the age of 60 in 1984! He has always been a great inspiration and major icon in the history of the KIA. But where is Dr. J.

Jun 11, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Hannibal Earns Her KIA Orange Belt

Surrounding Hannah and Mr. King, posing in the center of the photo, are, in the back row, from left to right: Black Belt Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Grandpa Shamassian, Mr. Shamassian, Mrs. Shamassian, and Aunt Silva; in the front row, from left to right: Josh “Viper” Shamassian, Aidan and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet. Photographer, Mrs. Ligtvoet (not pictured). Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian, wearing a black gi with her brand new orange belt, revels joyfully after her orange belt test on June 4, which she passed with flying colors.

May 28, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Hannah "Hannibal" Shamassian

Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian poses with her mom, JoAnn, and brother, Josh, aka “Viper.” Hannah will be testing for her orange belt on June 4. She has prepared extremely well and we are all looking forward to her test. Go Hannibal!

May 21, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Achilles: Warrior Instincts

Jake “Achilles” Dale nails Mr. King with a right backfist during his first sparring session. Obviously, he’s going to be a handful in the not-too-distant future. Achilles is definitely his mother’s son (Annette “Warrior” Dale).

May 13, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Cultivator's Crane Pose

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas has fun spoofing The Karate Kid’s iconic crane stance featured in the popular 1984 movie. Cultivator, along with Chris “Growler” Grau, are on pace to earn their 4th Dan Black Belt rating in the Fall of this year—an accomplishment that has only been achieved by Dan “Basai” Asay among the 3,000 plus students in the Karate Institute of America’s thirty-four year history.

Apr 29, 2013 - Photo of the Week

A Major Piece of KIA History

It’s just a bag, right? Actually, this old brown bag is much more. It has the distinction of being the oldest bag in the history of the Karate Institute of America. It began its life in August 1979, the official beginning of the KIA. After decades of faithful service being kicked, punched, blasted, and beaten, this old bag has been retired to remain an artifact of our rich and varied legacy as the KIA continues to march on in its duty to assist others who choose to pursue their martial arts skills and dreams.