Dec 8, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: High Kicking Griffins

Having fun during their all-too-brief visit to California, the three Griffins show off their impressive high kick skills. From right to left are “Scholar,” “Badger” and “Gunner.” Obviously Scholar is setting the bar for her younger siblings. We’ll certainly miss these wonderful young people. They are quite talented, eager to learn, smart, respectful, dedicated and courageous—just like their other family members, especially aunt Anna “Wildcat” and uncle James “Psycho.” It was an honor to have them attend classes during their visit and we hope we will be able to work with them again in the future.

Dec 1, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Impressive Wildcat

Anna “Wildcat” Griffin practices her knife-edge kicks during her recent visit to Southern California. Anna began her Karate Institute of America studies at age eleven. She became the 55th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu in 1998. After traveling abroad to Europe, she received her Masters Degree in German and served in the U.S. Army in a combat division. Humble by nature, Wildcat is one tough soldier and martial artist. She is a true hero.

Nov 24, 2014 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Griffin Family Visit

What a great surprise visit from the family Griffin—well, some of them! Flanked by James “Psycho” Griffin (KIA Black Belt #60) and Anna “Wildcat” Griffin (KIA Black Belt #55) are family members “Badger” (glasses and purple top), “Gunner” (blue shirt looking tough) and Scholar (glasses, center). During their month-long visit, the kids have been taking karate lessons. Of course “Psycho” and “Wildcat” were a great help. And what fun! These kids are talented!

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!”