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Photo of the Week: Raptor vs. Raptor Dad

What better way to start off 2017 than with a Raptor vs. Raptor Dad tête-à-tête.

Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (KIA Black Belt #64) mixes it up with his dad, Ed Ligtvoet, in a light sparring duel. Although Mr. Ligtvoet is not an official KIA student, at least not yet, he does have a military background, having served in the Royal Netherlands Army as a younger man.

Raptor’s success as a martial artist was certainly aided by his father, who would always mix in up with his elder son as he was growing up. Ed is one tough dude, and he made sure his son was equally matched.

Although his dad still has the greater physical power, Raptor has the greater martial arts technique.

Yet, as the saying goes, “Old age and trickery will beat youth and skill every time.” It’s a huge mistake to take old guys for granted, as every old guy knows. But, as every loving father also knows, he wants his sons to be better than he is.

Congratulations to the Ligtvoets. They are a wonderful family, and the parents have done an excellent job raising their two sons. Oh, and by the way, if you think these two dudes are tough, you should see the mom, Atousa! She is one formidable mama!