Kiado-Ryu Karate

Jul 15, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Rock Walls of the Karate Institute of America

Pictured left to right: Dr. Tim “Odin” McCord (second dan), Chris “Growler” Grau (third dan), Richard “Whitefire” King (Grandmaster, Kiado-Ryu), Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (third dan), Adam “Frog” Mahan (purple belt), and Justin (“Raptor”) Ligtvoet (second Brown).

Jul 8, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Our Great KIA Scottish Legacy

Iain MacLeod with his lovely wife, Lizzy, and their 14 year old equally lovely daughter, Josie, in Rome, 2009. Iain won the very first KIA trophy in November 1991, beginning a deluge of KIA championships. Iain “Scotty” MacLeod was a legend during the early days of the Karate Institute of America. A ferocious fighter, Iain brought back the first Championship to the KIA, championships which grew to literally hundreds of first place trophies during its competitive history.

Jun 24, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Wolverine: Then & Now

Tejas Maniar, in 1998, during his Black Belt coronation. Tejas today, in 2013, as a business executive. Tejas “Wolverine” Maniar is the 57th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. Tejas is pictured above with Anna “Wildcat” Griffin as she congratulates him on his 1st Dan Black Belt achievement in 1998. Now, in 2013, Wolverine is a successful business executive. Way to go, Tejas! We’re all extremely proud of you, your accomplishments, and for being a vital building block in our rich Kiado-Ryu legacy and history.

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!