Mar 26, 2018 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Wisdom from the Bard—This Above All...

William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest dramatist of the English language and the most quoted author of all time. His “This Above All” quotation from Hamlet (Act 1, scene 3, lines 78-82) gives great advice regarding one’s character and wholeness, i.e., being true to one’s self, for if we are true to ourselves we can never be false, fake or phony to anyone. As martial artists, not just people, we must learn to be true to who we are.

Mar 12, 2018 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Congratulations, Growler!

Chris Grau Achieves Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Black Belt Chris “Growler” Grau, a 4th Dan Karate Institute of America Black Belt, accomplished another martial arts milestone on Sunday, 4 March 2018, by achieving his 1st Dan Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Black Belt. Growler (back row, foreground) preparing for a bo kata Growler, the 36th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, who achieved his 1st Dan KIA ranking on 26 August 1995 at age 18, continued his martial arts journey via the interest of his elder daughter Kaylee when she started studying at age 4.

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.