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.

Nov 18, 2019 - Feature of the Week

You Only Have To Endure To Conquer

One of the greatest gifts of martial arts is that rising to any rank requires struggle. It is struggle that makes us stronger, sharper, more skilled, refined, tough and enduring. Rising to the level of Black Belt in the Kiado-Ryu System of Martial Arts demands years of study and thousands of hours of practice—always refining and developing our technique and character. Martial Arts is Life and as martial arts is full of struggles and challenges, so is life.

Nov 4, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Kiado-Ryu Principle 39: Price & Sacrifice

Source: The Black Belt Book of Life – Secrets of a Martial Arts Master By: Richard Andrew King, Grandmaster, Karate Institute of America and Kiado-Ryu Martial Arts Available in paperback and Kindle: Amazon & RichardKing.net/Books Download this article As the greatest gift exacts the greatest price, the greatest accomplishment exacts the greatest sacrifice. — Richard Andrew King Spiritual development requires great sacrifice. — Saint Sawan Singh Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls,