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Oct 26, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Raptor Goes Air-borne

Raptors were born to fly, and Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet does just that - going air-borne as he prepares for his upcoming Black Belt test. When Tristan began his martial arts journey at eight years old, he could hardly get his legs above knee height. However, with years of study and development, his ability and talent grew as he moved up through the ranks of the Karate Institute of America.

Oct 19, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Twin Chicks' Kicks

Who would have ever thunk it—Hannah “Hannibal” Shamassian having a twin sister? Such is the level of today’s technology. Just a little photo adjustment and Presto! Twins! And how cool is this chick? Check out the attire—matching pink Tee and shoes with contrasting blue and black tights! Cool! Is this a prelude to a clothing designer profession, perhaps? But don’t let the attire capture all of your attention. Those roundhouse kicks are looking really good.

Oct 12, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Sun Tzu on Generalship

The following statement by Sun Tzu applies equally to each of us in our life struggles, just as it does in war. It is the business of a general to be serene and inscrutable, impartial and self-controlled. — Sun Tzu-The Art of War - Samuel B. Griffith By being serene and self-controlled in any situation, we allow ourselves to think more clearly, assess the situation more completely and make better and wiser decisions.

Oct 5, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Spotlight Shines on Kiado-Ryu History

The spotlight shines brightly on Kim “Cultivator” Thomas as he prepares for his testing to become the first Black Belt in the 36 year history of the Karate Institute of America to achieve a 5th Dan “Master” status. Thomas began his Kiado-Ryu journey just days before 911 and has been consistently developing his martial art skills for the last 14 years. His fierce determination and never-say-quit mindset underscore his massive accomplishment.

Sep 28, 2015 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: A True Kiado-Ryu Chainsaw

It’s hard to believe but this photo was taken nearly a quarter of a century ago. From our Karate Institute of America archives, courtesy of Jenny “Cougar” Edge, and mugging for the camera during his Black Belt test, is Jeff “Chainsaw” Kelly who went on to become the 18th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu. His coronation ceremony was 23 November 1991. Jeff transferred from another martial arts studio when it closed down.