Feb 26, 2018 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Sun Tzu and Ice Hockey Gold!

What in the world does Sun Tzu have to do with an ice hockey Gold Medal? Everything. It was an Olympic Gold Medal ice hockey game for the ages! The USA and archrival Canada squared off and played through a full three periods, an overtime, and then to a shoot out with the winning USA goal scored by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson who, although she may not know it, demonstrated one of Sun Tzu’s preeminent maxims: All warfare is based on deception.

Feb 12, 2018 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Wise General

In any combat situation, the master fighter, the master general, the master tactician, always attempts to manipulate and control his adversary. Its inverse is critical to survival: one must not allow himself to be manipulated by an adversary. This simple truth is echoed in Sun Tzu’s terse but definitive maxim: The wise general cannot be manipulated. In life we seldom face actual physical combat. However, daily we are assaulted by the very exigencies and challenges of life.

Feb 5, 2018 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Raptor's 2nd Dan

CONGRATULATIONS, RAPTOR! 2nd Dan Kiado-Ryu Black Belt Congratulations to Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet on the accomplishment of his Karate Institute of America 2nd Dan Black Belt rating. Raptor, the 64th Black Belt of the KIA, is one of the finest human beings you could ever know. An exceptional young man, he has also become an exceptional martial artist. The KIA is very lucky to have Tristan, his talent, character, and skill in our family.

Jan 29, 2018 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Family Vail - Then and Now: Part 2

What’s in a Callsign? As is Karate Institute of America protocol, everyone has a callsign. Once in a while, one may query how an individual got his/her callsign in the first place. Sometimes, this can be a mystery. Not so with Jon “Stretch” Vail. In the following pictorial catalogue, can you guess why Jon got his callsign? If you can’t get this, you fail the test! From the early days of the KIA and its studio at 308 Lambert Street, Lake Forest, CA.

Jan 22, 2018 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Family Vail - Then and Now: Part 1

This is too much fun! Jon, “Stretch” Vail studied at the Karate Institute of America way back in his teen years. As destiny commanded, when he graduated from high school he went to college in Arizona, received a degree in geology, married his lovely girlfriend Janice, got a job, settled down and started a family. Jon has been wonderfully connected to the KIA and, lucky for us, keeps us updated with his life.