Nov 3, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Flash's Trucker Remembrance

It is with deep and profound sorrow that I announce to you that our dear friend and martial arts brother, Bob “Trucker” MacFarlane, has passed on. As a final update to our remembrance, we would like to share another condolence we received. Following this week, we will post a page honoring Trucker. Bob, Thank you for your guidance and encouragement you gave me as I was climbing the ranks to Black Belt at the KIA.

Oct 27, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Smasher Hangs With the Guys

Hanging with the guys is our newest young stud - Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet, looking determined. It wasn’t that long ago that his brother (far right), 3rd degree brown belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet, was the size and age Smasher is now. If history and lineage are any indication, we older ones are in for the fight or our lives in a few years because Smasher didn’t get his callsign for nothing!

Oct 20, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Fun Fear

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (KIA 4th Dan Black Belt) expresses some “fun fear” as he poses with our newest future Kiado-Ryu fighter - Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet. “Look out, Mr. Thomas! Smasher is, indeed, a smasher!”

Oct 6, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The "Before" Photo

Take a good look at this photo. It’s the “Before” shot of big brother Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and younger brother Aidan, aka “Smasher.” Why “Before?” Because Tristan started his martial arts studies when he was Aidan’s age and size. Now look at him! Thus, how big will Aidan be when he is 15? That will be a great “After” shot when he poses with his brother then!

Sep 29, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Smasher's Beginning

Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet’s younger brother, strikes a pose at the outset of his martial arts journey. Aidan is smart, coordinated, determined … and tough. All of us at the KIA look forward to sharing and helping Aidan as he grows … and grows … and grows. If he’s anything like his older brother, he’ll be a big dude one day!

Sep 23, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Family Ligtvoet

Pictured with 3rd Dan Brown Belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet are members of his family, many of whom traveled from Los Angeles to support Tristan in testing for his 3rd Brown rank. How wonderful it is to have a family who supports their own. It’s not as common as one might think. The Karate Institute of America is honored to have such a exemplary family as a part of its legacy.