Aug 10, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Sun Tzu on War

What student of the Karate Institute of America does not recognize this quote from the ancient Chinese warlord Sun Tzu . . . War is a grave concern of the state; it must be thoroughly studied. (Sun Tzu - The Art of War, translated by Samuel B. Griffith) This statement underscores the critical importance of not just studying martial arts but studying it thoroughly. As KIA students also know, and as The Black Belt Book of Life teaches, “Martial arts is life.

Aug 3, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Lightning Works

Ciaran, aka “Lightning,” moves from the Acquisition stage of his Karate Institute of America education to the Integration process - doing the practice. In the left photo he works his hand-checking skills with an overhand hook. He must be having fun if the smile on his face is any indication. In the right photo, Lightning practices his knee strike. Notice his concentration in both pics. Given his parental heritage, Ciaran has the potential of being a great athlete.

Jul 26, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Like Grandfather, Like Grandsons

Well, the circles and cycles of life keep circling ‘round. With Mr. King are his two grandsons: Ciaran, aka “Lightning,” (the elder, now 5) and Rory, aka “Thunder,” (the younger, age 1). They are the progeny of Whitefire’s younger daughter, Chandra, and her husband, Dan. Photo #1: Lightning gets instruction in hand checking as Thunder sits and takes notes. Photo #2: Lightning is put to the test with Thunder on deck, standing and ready to mix it up.

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.