Kiado-Ryu Karate

Mar 2, 2009 - Photo of the Week

Cultivating the Warrior Within

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #63, shares a moment of his fightin’ side during a kata performance at the KIA. K.C., as he is often called, is a warrior for sure. But, just for the record, his normal nature is very warm, loving, and humorous. Just don’t upset him!

Feb 16, 2009 - Photo of the Week

Father-Daughter Moment

Annette “Warrior” Dale shares a playful moment with her father after her green belt test. Her father, Dr. Allen Carden, is a professor of history in the California State University system. Dr. Carden and his wife, Denice, reside in the San Joaquin Valley.

Feb 9, 2009 - Photo of the Week

Beautiful Centerpiece

The centerpiece of the Karate Institute of America is its beautifully designed and inlaid logo with both “KIA” and “Kiado-Ryu” sewn into the carpet. Designed and created by Dave “Rugman” Sampson, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #42, the logo serves as a reminder of the path we follow.

Feb 2, 2009 - Photo of the Week

Shooter Shot

Second Degree Black Belt, Mike “Shooter” Benedict, executes a fist to Bob’s face during a practice session. Mike’s understanding and experiences of life offer all of us a rich gift of appreciation. Although in his fifties, Shooter is an outstanding example of a true martial artist: helpful, respectful, kind, studious, and tough!

Jan 26, 2009 - Photo of the Week

Growler Power

Chris “Growler” Grau, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #36, a 2nd Dan and webmaster of, executes an elbow strike during a close-quarter practice session. Having excellent, functional, and powerful hand and arm strikes—which Growler most definitely has—is a most important ingredient of being an excellent Karate Institute of America Black Belt. Oh, the beard looks good, too!

Jan 19, 2009 - Photo of the Week

Next Black Belt in Repose

Kneeling in a quiet moment of solitude is Soham “Falcon” Maniar, next in line for becoming the 64th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America. Soham is an excellent student, is applying himself well, and is on target for a late summer black belt test. We are expecting to see an excellent performance as he continues the legacy of the Kiado-Ryu in grand fashion.