Feb 17, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Admiral Lord Nelson — Readiness

Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) is one of the most vaunted, heroic and inspirational Royal Navy Commanders in British history. Beset with health problems all his personal life, and besieged with battle after battle in his military life, Lord Nelson remains the epitome of courage, bravery and toughness. In honor of his contribution to Britain’s remarkable legacy, a statue of Nelson adorns Trafalgar Square in London. When Nelson stated, Never break the neutrality of a port or place, but never consider as neutral any place from whence an attack is allowed to be made.

Feb 3, 2020 - Feature of the Week

A Huge Mistake vs. Bruce Lee . . . or Anyone

The following screencap is courtesy of Warner Brothers via the Bruce Lee YouTube website. It’s from the movie, “Boards Don’t Hit Back.” The 3:15 video is here: The fight, with Lee on the left and the bad guy on the right, begins as pictured. Based on Kiado-Ryu fighting theory, there is a major problem here, a problem in fact that violates the #1 Security of combat. What is it?

Jan 19, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Raptor Graduates to 3rd Dan Black Belt

It is with great pleasure that the Karate Institute of America announces that Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet has been promoted to 3rd Dan Black Belt. His official promotion date was 15 December 2019. So . . . Congratulations, Raptor! Raptor, soon to be 22 years of age, started his KIA journey when he was 8 years old. He has studied Kiado-Ryu Martial Arts for 14 years without pause. Such awesome determination and persistence demand great respect.

Jan 6, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Fighting Footwork

In fighting, other than eyesight, footwork is the most important aspect to insure success. As General George Patton said, “Fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity.” Standing and slugging it out with an opponent is an ineffectual and mindless recipe for disaster. How many times has history witnessed a guy getting knocked out because he never moved on his opponent but just stood, anchored like a rock in cement, relegating himself to being nothing more than a practice dummy in the gym or dojo?

Dec 16, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Kata in the Snow

In many schools of Okinawan karate, before the development of the formal styles known today (e.g., shorin-ryu, goju-ryu, or uechi-ryu), naihanchi shodan was often the first kata learned by a novice karateka. It introduces the concepts of generating power in a small space with isolated movements as well as the way to block an attack while delivering a counterattack simultaneously. Naihanchi was originally created as a single kata, practiced for between one and three years under the tutelage of a teacher, until it was mastered.

Dec 2, 2019 - Feature of the Week

General Norman Schwarzkopf on Heroism

Four Star General Norman Schwarzkopf is one of America’s most vaunted military leaders and a true hero. As commander of the United States Central Command, he orchestrated and led the quick and decisive defeat of one of the world’s most notorious villains, Saddam Hussein, during the Gulf War in 1990. “Stormin’ Norman,” as he was known by his men, was a tough and valiant warrior, having served in the Vietnam War as a battalion commander.