Dec 21, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA History - 15 December 2015!

Congratulations to Kim “Cultivator” Thomas and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet for their extremely noteworthy accomplishments on 15 December 2015, Tuesday. Kim Thomas has now earned the distinguished title, “Master Thomas” for achieving the rank of 5th Dan Black Belt. He is the first student in the history of the Karate Institute of America since its founding in 1979 to achieve such an enormous goal. Kim began his KIA journey in August of 2001 at the age of 45, received is 1st Dan Black Belt rating in July of 2007, and has not let up since, finalizing the “Master Dan” phrase of his journey at age 59.

Dec 14, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: KIA History — On The Verge

Tuesday, 8 December 2015, was the first day of KIA impending history in two parts. First, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (top picture, center), soon to be KIA Black Belt #64, completed day one of his Black Belt test. His smile offers a stark contrast to his tattered gi and sweaty head—a common visual after such an ordeal, as the attending Black Belts will concur. They are, from left to right, Mike “Shooter” Benedict (2nd Dan KIA Black Belt #62), James “Psycho” Griffin (1st Dan KIA Black Belt #60), Chris “Growler” Grau (4th Dan KIA Black Belt #36 and web master for Kiado-Ryu.

Dec 7, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: See Something, Say Something

Self-defense demands awareness, and make no mistake about it, the world is under assault from radical Islamic terrorists and the decent people in the world must be aware and take positive action to thwart terrorist activity and prevent the loss of life. The incidents in Paris and San Bernardino of late are just two of the latest examples. Therefore, if you See Something, Say Something, meaning something suspicious. Forget about being politically correct.

Nov 30, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: General Douglas MacArthur Famous Quotes

General Douglas MacArthur was one of America’s greatest military commanders. As all great warriors, his words are a treasure trove of inspiration and power. Following are four of MacArthur’s famous quotations. There is no security in life. There is only opportunity. Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

Nov 23, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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 RUN for COVER. “Get off the X” as they say in the Special Ops community. The “X” is the Point of Impact.

Nov 16, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: 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.