Oct 17, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Freedom Is Not Free

Freedom is a great privilege. It is not a right, and it is neither free nor guaranteed. Furthermore, freedom can be lost if a person or a people become lazy, negligent, careless, cowardly, apathetic, entitled. Following are a few poignant quotations from great men who understood the true price of freedom. These quotes are worth pondering and absorbing into the DNA of every man, woman and child who seek to be truly free.

Oct 10, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Bob "Grinder" Schreck - Gentleman Black Belt

Bob “Grinder” Shreck is the Sixth Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. He received his 1st Dan in 1988 and continued his studies for two more years, attaining a 2nd Dan designation. Grinder is the epitome of undying effort and persistence. Because his work schedule would not allow him to attend group classes, Bob studied privately for eight years before attaining his Black Belt. His determination and ability to press on in the face of difficult life challenges make him a great inspiration for us all.

Oct 3, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Character is More Important Than Victory

How strange it is in today’s world that victory at all costs is more important than one’s character. It seems as though the growing consensus of achievement in today’s culture is to cast the moral and ethical quality of one’s very being over the cliff in deference to lying, cheating, stealing, deceiving, misleading. The goal, apparently, is to win the temporal, ephemeral brass ring and forego one’s primal essence.

Sep 19, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Like Father, Like Daughters

It is always warming to see how KIA martial artists, who were once youngsters, have grown into adulthood and are now parents with their own children. This week’s Pic of the Week features one such very accomplished Kiado-Ryu Black Belt. Chris “Growler” Grau is the 36th Black Belt of the KIA, having achieved his 1st Dan on 26 August 1995. Growler is now only one of two 4th Dan Kiado-Ryu Black Belts.

Sep 12, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Great Quote for Life and War

Sun Tzu’s quote regarding securing ourselves against defeat doesn’t just apply to war. It also applies to our emotional control, psychological balance, financial solvency, emergency preparation, and spiritual state of being on a daily basis. So many of our problems in life are a direct result of our own negligence in not taking measures to construct the type of defenses—both internally and externally—that keep us safe . . . and undefeated. Discipline, self-control, reflection, wisdom and forethought of the consequences resulting from our actions before we execute them are the structures and barriers securing us from defeat in life.

Sep 5, 2016 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A Barracuda From the Past

As is well known to KIA students, our current “Barracuda” is blue belt Zemia Garrett. However, in the early days of the KIA, Ryan Allen also claimed the callsign “Barracuda.” Ryan studied with the Karate Institute of America from approximately 1989 to 1991. He achieved his Orange belt under the tutelage of KIA Black Belt Greg “Maddog” Bendel, one of the KIA’s chief instructors at the time. To this day, Ryan “Barracuda” Allen has wonderful memories of the KIA.