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Photo of the Week: How to Survive a Terrorist Attack

How to Survive a Terrorist Attack

Following is great advice on dealing with a terrorist attack from former Navy Seal, Brandon Webb, and Army Ranger, Jack Murphy, authors of The Isis Solution.

Information courtesy of an interview with Brandon Webb and Jack Murphy with host Megyn Kelly on the FOX News network.

How to survive a terrorist attack

  1. RUN for COVER. “Get off the X” as they say in the Special Ops community. The “X” is the Point of Impact. Get away from there and create DISTANCE.
  2. Make a DECISION. Do not just sit there.
  3. Usually gunman are inexperienced. Often they don’t know how to change their magazines efficiently. Listen for the lull in fire, then run and create that space, which is very important. The odds are heavily in your favor if you run. Terrorists are usually amateurs, not very well trained, they’re just out there free-lancing doing their own thing, and their odds of actually hitting you with un-aimed fire is pretty low. The odds of hitting a moving target are tremendously small. It’s very challenging for a sniper to hit a moving target, let alone an amateur.
  4. If you have no other option when confronted with a terrorist, you have to fight. Grab the barrel of the gun, get out of the way. If you can’t or choose not to carry a firearm, consider a high lumen flash light which will flash blind someone and create enough distance to get away.
  5. Surviving a grenade. Grenades tend to explode upward with fragmentation going upward in a “V” pattern generally from chest level up. Therefore, get low and roll away if possible.
  6. Making any decision is better than making no decision. Run left, run right, run forward, run back, run in zig-zag pattern but DON’T FREEZE UP.
  7. Mentally rehearse. See yourself in a particular situation and how you would successfully react to it given the info above. Close your eyes and imagine yourselves in a given scenario. Rehearse it a few times so you’ve already practiced in your mind.
  8. When getting behind cover, get behind something that is solid and which a bullet will not penetrate, i.e., trash cans do not make good cover.

Photo of the Week: A Date With KIA History, Set

A Date With KIA History, Set

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet strike a pose in solidarity as their date with KIA history is set—15 December 2015, Tuesday.

And what is the historical significance? Mr. Thomas will be completing the requirements for his 5th Dan Black Belt, an accomplishment earning the title “Master” in the Karate Institute of America system, a feat never before attained in the KIA’s 36 year history.

The second part of the historical evening will witness Mr. Ligtvoet becoming the 64th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. Interestingly, the 63rd Black Belt was Kim Thomas, who earned his 1st Dan on the 17th of July 2007—eight years ago!

The 15th of December will be the public aspect of the testing. There will also be a Black Belts only night on the prior Tuesday, 8 December in which any KIA Black Belt may attend and participate in the event. Times and place to be announced.

Photo of the Week: Blue Belt Blonde Barracuda

Blue Belt Blonde Barracuda

Congratulations to Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett on the accomplishment of her Blue Belt on 28 October! Zemia is extremely dedicated and has worked diligently to achieve her new rank at the Karate Institute of America.

Besides her diligence and dedication, another remarkable talent Barracuda exhibits is her fiery and feisty competitiveness. She can really turn up the heat when she fights, clearly holding her own with any dude.

And power? Ouch! She has devastating crossover rear kicks and beautiful roundhouse kicks with both legs. Her hand technique and speed are improving greatly, and she definitely has knockout power in both hands.

We look forward to Zemia’s continuing KIA journey. Next stop, Green Belt!

Posing with Zemia are Mr. King (left) and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (right).

Photo of the Week: Raptor Goes Air-borne

Raptor Goes Air-borne

Raptors were born to fly, and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet does just that – going air-borne as he prepares for his upcoming Black Belt test.

When Tristan began his martial arts journey at eight years old, he could hardly get his legs above knee height. However, with years of study and development, his ability and talent grew as he moved up through the ranks of the Karate Institute of America.

Today, some of Raptor’s best skills are his double reverse crescent kick (pictured above) and his hooking heel kicks.

We are looking forward to Tristan becoming the 64th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, which should be before the end of this year. Keep practicing, Raptor. It’s about time for you to get your real wings!

Photo of the Week: Twin Chicks’ Kicks

Twin Chicks' Kicks

Who would have ever thunk it—Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian having a twin sister? Such is the level of today’s technology. Just a little photo adjustment and Presto! Twins!

And how cool is this chick? Check out the attire—matching pink Tee and shoes with contrasting blue and black tights! Cool! Is this a prelude to a clothing designer profession, perhaps?

But don’t let the attire capture all of your attention. Those roundhouse kicks are looking really good. And to hold that leg up long enough to capture a “forever photo” for her family archives and ours at the Karate Institute of America, priceless.

Way to go, Hannibal. Keep up the awesome work!

Photo of the Week: Sun Tzu on Generalship

Sun Tzu on Generalship

The following statement by Sun Tzu applies equally to each of us in our life struggles, just as it does in war.

It is the business of a general to be serene and inscrutable, impartial and self-controlled.

Sun Tzu-The Art of War – Samuel B. Griffith

By being serene and self-controlled in any situation, we allow ourselves to think more clearly, assess the situation more completely and make better and wiser decisions.

If we are conflicted, agitated and out of control when faced with our day-to-day problems, issues and challenges, we often make poor choices and worse decisions.

Hence, a good life depends on us being disciplined and self-controlled, especially under stress. This is just another example of how martial arts is life.

Photo of the Week: Spotlight Shines on Kiado-Ryu History

Spotlight Shines on Kiado-Ryu History

The spotlight shines brightly on Kim “Cultivator” Thomas as he prepares for his testing to become the first Black Belt in the 36 year history of the Karate Institute of America to achieve a 5th Dan “Master” status.

Thomas began his Kiado-Ryu journey just days before 911 and has been consistently developing his martial art skills for the last 14 years. His fierce determination and never-say-quit mindset underscore his massive accomplishment. After all, over 3,300 students have passed through the doors of the KIA since they opened on 31 August 1979. Cultivator will be the first student to reach such a distinguished and daunting Kiado-Ryu milestone.

Furthermore, Kim will be 59 in November, making his accomplishment all the more inspirational and impressive. He has a young heart and fearless spirit, but his body has long passed the age of endless energy. It is his indomitable will that has served him well, extremely well.

Stay tuned. The time is near. It would be wonderful to see KIA family members come to support him at this auspicious moment in our long history, at least on the night of his kata performances, TBA.

Photo of the Week: A True Kiado-Ryu Chainsaw

A True Kiado-Ryu Chainsaw

It’s hard to believe but this photo was taken nearly a quarter of a century ago. From our Karate Institute of America archives, courtesy of Jenny “Cougar” Edge, and mugging for the camera during his Black Belt test, is Jeff “Chainsaw” Kelly who went on to become the 18th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. His coronation ceremony was 23 November 1991.

Jeff transferred from another martial arts studio when it closed down. As is the case with all transfers, he had to begin the KIA curriculum from the beginning. This is not an easy task, but different studios teach different curricula and that of the KIA is quite extensive, second to none. Every student en route to a Black Belt, male or female, must learn basic, intermediate and advanced degrees in fighting skills (competitive and street), self-defense techniques, katas (choreographed forms routines), an assortment of weapons katas and basic philosophic principles specific to our Kiado-Ryu martial arts system.

Jeff Kelly was an intense young man. He loved to fight. He loved to perform. He was courageous, strong, determined, highly respectful and honorable. He was not only a joy to have in our Kiado-Ryu family, but an asset to its legacy and heritage.

Pictured in the circle are (left to right): Steven Ho, Clark Hyman, Thomas Lindsey, David Mooney and Dan Asay.

Photo copyright and courtesy of Genny “Cougar” Edge, Kiado-Ryu Black Belt #13