Sep 9, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Kiado-Ryu Principle 26: Y.O.Y.O (You're On Your Own)

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. — Henrik Ibsen I am sure of this, that by going much alone a man will get more of a noble courage in thought and word than from all the wisdom that is in books. — Ralph Waldo Emerson We must learn to live with ourselves, independently of anything in this world. — Saint Charan Singh

Aug 26, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Kiado-Ryu Principle 13: Substance Before Symbol

An excerpt from The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a Martial Arts Master Symbol before substance - pandemic renowned. Symbol before substance - deluded clown. Substance Before Symbol - turn it around. Substance Before Symbol - deservéd crown! ~ © Richard Andrew King Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ~ Aesop Be not deceived with the first appearance of things, for show is not substance.

Aug 12, 2019 - Feature of the Week

Smasher's Success

CONGRATULATIONS SMASHER, aka Aidan Ligtvoet, on being promoted to Purple Belt! Aidan’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. Aidan 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.