Aug 12, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Smasher's Success

CONGRATULATIONS SMASHER, aka Aiden Ligtvoet, on being promoted to Purple Belt! Aiden’s test was on 6 August 2019. Pictured from left to right are his brother, Tristan, aka “Raptor” (the 64th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu who currently holds a 2nd Dan ranking); mom Atousa and dad Edward. Smasher’s journey to Purple Belt was a long one but highly inspirational. Aiden is the epitome of the #1 quality common to all successful people, and especially those distinguished individuals who became Kiado-Ryu Black Belts—persistence.

Jul 28, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Perks of Sparring, Part 3: The Process is the Product

The goal of sparring is not to beat up our opponent but to learn from the experience. In actual combat, the goal is to win, to defeat our opponent. However, in sparring the goal is to gain valuable knowledge of combat in a controlled environment, bearing in mind that the “Process is the Product,” not victory or defeat. What does the sparring process teach us? Actually, the more germane question is, “What does sparring not teach us?

Jul 15, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Kiado-Ryu "Gun Fu" Thank Yous

There is an art to the “gun,” just as there is an art to the fist, the open hand, the kick, the knife, the sword, etc. There is also a science to the “gun,” to its usage and application. Thankfully, there are great and generous friends who have blessed Whitefire and the KIA with their tremendous gifts and loving support. Among the most generous and devout families in the history of the Karate Institute of America are the Griffins.

Jul 1, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Perks of Sparring, Part 2: Problem Solving

The first chapter of The Black Belt Book of Life is entitled, “Martial Arts is Life.” Sparring, which is a fundamental aspect of martial arts, therefore reflects many facets of life, perhaps the most critical of which is “problem solving.” We all have problems is life. That’s a gimmie. Who is there whose life is devoid of problems? Answer: no one. The issue is, “How do we solve our problems?” Truly, sparring fortifies us with meaningful tools and problem-solving capabilities.

Jun 3, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Perks of Sparring, Part 1 - Independence

Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and Josh “Viper” Shamassian back in the day Perks are benefits. Sparring is light contact fighting designed to simulate actual combat for learning purposes but without the full intent of actual fighting, whose goal is to physically defeat your opponent. One of the many critical perks of sparring is independence – a state where the individual is autonomous, free and sovereign. Being independent is a critical aspect of personal identity and character because it negates one’s need and desire to be dependent on others.

May 13, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Warrior on the Track - Paige J.

All true warriors share a culture of common characteristics. They are determined, strong, courageous, focused, resilient and unyielding in their pursuit of victory. Paige J., pictured here, is a true warrior on the track. On 4 May 2019, at the Kids Run the OC event held at the Orange County Fair Grounds, Paige ran a one mile race with hundreds of kids in her 9 year old age group and finished third with a time of 6 minutes, 42 seconds!