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.

Jun 8, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Giant of the Kiado-Ryu

Thomas Lindsey, aka “Draco,” is truly the giant of the Karate Institute of America. He hooked-up with Mr. King to say his farewell last week. He, his wife Michele and family, will be leaving the West Coast to establish a new life on the East Coast this month. Draco is the 52nd Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, earning his 1st Dan ranking on 13 December 1997. Although projecting a fearsome presence, Thomas is a gentle giant.

Jun 1, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Smasher OB Prep

Aiden “Smasher” Ligtvoet, lookin’ pretty spiffy in his grey and red stripped pants, prepares for his Orange Belt test as he plants one of his powerful right punches squarely on Bob’s chin. Smasher, a very smart and talented young man, has been working very hard lately, and we look forward to witnessing him move to the next level very soon!

May 26, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Don't Forget the Heroes

Although written for Vietnam era military service personnel at the time, Don’t Forget the Heroes is a patriotic, passionate and moving tribute to all American men and women who serve, are serving and will serve the “Flag of the Free,” especially those who have paid, and will pay, the ultimate price in defense of liberty. Endorsed by General Norman Schwarzkopf and Ross Perot … “Don’t Forget the Heroes” is a wonderful tribute to all of us who served in Vietnam, both the living and the dead, and the families at home who also paid a price for loving a service member.