Jul 20, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Patton, the KIA & Life

General George Patton is one of the greatest military generals in United States history. He was a major factor in the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe during World War II. Patton has many memorable quotes which resonate with of the principles of the Karate Institute of America and to life in general, one of which is this . . . In war the only sure defense is offense. Kiado-Ryu philosophy can testify to the veracity of this statement, not only in combat but in day-to-day living.

Jul 13, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The KIA/Churchill Nexus

Winston Churchill was one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century. As Prime Minister of Great Britain, it was his leadership that helped win World War II. He was a smart, tough, determined, indefatigable and inspirational leader. There is a nexus, a connection, between the philosophy and mindset of Winston Churchill and the Karate Institute of America. What is it? First, this question. What one quality is common to every one of the current 63 Black Belts of the Kiado-Ryu and soon to be 64?

Jul 6, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Congratulations, Smasher!

Congratulations to Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet on the accomplishment of his Orange Belt. After a job well done, he poses with the Black Belts and his brother, Tristan, for some memorable photos. Aidan did a wonderful job. He is a remarkable young man - very smart, very coordinated and very determined. As he learns to exhibit the mark of a master, i.e., control, he will go far in life. We look forward to watching him continue to grow and, hopefully, join his brother, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet as a Kiado-Ryu Black Belt one day.

Jun 29, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Smasher Tests for Orange Belt

This four photo sequence features some of Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet’s Orange Belt test: instructions from Mr. King; bowing in with the Black Belts; looking determined and focused during his “burn;” fighting with 4th Dan Black Belt, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas. Aidan has come a long way since he began his Kiado-Ryu journey, growing from a boy to a young man. We are extremely proud of what he has accomplished and how he has matured.

Jun 22, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Before Cell Phones & Computers

It may seem inconceivable but there was a time before cell phones and computers, a time when people were engaged in actively pursuing meaningful goals and achievements. This dual photo (courtesy of and copyright by Genny “Cougar” Edge) was such a time. The year was 1986. The event - a group testing at the Karate Institute of America. It seems like yesterday, but at the time of this publication that was a mere 29 years ago!

Jun 15, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Black Belt Master Artisan

Looking like the iconic true artiste, Dave “Rugman” Sampson allows us a look into his everyday life as a custom carpet artisan and part owner of MH Custom Carpets in Laguna Hills, CA. Rugman is the 42nd Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America, receiving his 1st Dan rank on 24 February 1996. His elder son, Phillip, aka, “Ringer,” is the 33rd Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, receiving his 1st Dan ranking on 20 August 1994.