Kiado-Ryu Karate

Apr 15, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Black Belt Canes in a Room of Fire

Practicing cane drills in their room of fire are Kiado-Ryu Black Belts Chris “Growler” Grau (third dan), Richard Andrew King (grandmaster), and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (third dan). Check out our Kiado-Ryu videos at For excellent martial arts instruction for individuals or companies in Orange County, CA, contact Grandmaster Richard Andrew King. Photo courtesy of Adam “Frog” Mahan.

Apr 8, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Cultivator Attacked

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas has some fun with Adam “Frog” Mahan (left) and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (right). When the young men grabbed Kim, he countered with double karate chops to their groins and followed up with double backhands to their faces. Ah, youth! Be careful who you grab, and, more importantly, watch out for the old guys!

Apr 1, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Sam Taylor's Aloha Rainbow

It’s absolutely wonderful when students from the early days of the Karate Institute of America continue to reconnect with us. Such is the wonder of the web. With arms up-stretched under a beautiful Hawaiian rainbow is 6’ 7" Sam Taylor who studied with his brother at the KIA beginning in 1980. Sam was a great surfer, so it’s no wonder he migrated to Hawaii. By the way, Sam had a scary range with his kicks.

Mar 25, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Welcome New KIA Students "Thumper" & "Hercules"

The Karate Institute of America welcomes its newest students, Rebecca “Thumper” Marquina and her brother, George, a.k.a. “Hercules.” Obviously, George’s nickname fits him well. He’s massive. And watch out for Rebecca’s power. She is truly a thumper! We look forward to their progress up the ranks.

Mar 18, 2013 - Photo of the Week

Achilles Receives Black Belt Praise

Jake “Achilles” Dale, flanked by Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (left) and Grandmaster Richard “Whitefire” King (right). Jake “Achilles” Dale receives praise for his excellent performance during his orange belt test. On Jake’s right is Kim “Cultivator” Thomas; on his left is Grandmaster Richard “Whitefire” King. Achilles is one hot kid and delivers his performances with a lot of pizzazz!

Mar 11, 2013 - Photo of the Week

A Trucker Celebration

Pictured with Bob are, from left to right: (front row) Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Mike “Shooter” Benedict, and Adam “Frog” Mahan; (middle row) Clark “Flash” Hyman, Greg “Maddog” Bendel, Richard “Whitefire” King, Bob “Trucker” MacFarlane, and Chris “Growler” Grau; (back row) Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet, Jeff “Boa” Norman, Dr. Tim “Odin” McCord, and James “Psycho” Griffin. A group of Karate Institute of America Black Belts and students come together to celebrate and support Bob “Trucker” MacFarlane (wearing the white gi top and black T-shirt) in his fight against prostate cancer.