Kiado-Ryu Karate

May 11, 2020 - Feature of the Week

The "Other" Distancing Tactic

As we all clearly know, “social distancing” has ingrained itself into the global community in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and ensure personal safety. Too, as all Kiado-Ryu students know, “Distance” is the #1 Security Principle in self-defense. This is continually driven into every KIA student’s mindset. However, distance is usually regarded as physical and defined as “external.” Yet, there is another type of distance which is, perhaps, even more critical in self-defense situations … “internal” distance.

Apr 27, 2020 - Feature of the Week

The KIA's #1 Key to Success in Martial Arts, Life and Pandemics

Every one of the sixty-four Black Belts of the Karate Institute of America knows it. Every person who has become successful in any line of endeavor knows it, and those individuals who want to survive the coronavirus pandemic, as well as its aftermath, need to know it if they don’t already. Do you know what “it” is? Luck? Good luck with that. Hope? A nice thought but hope is just a belief, not a characteristic.

Apr 12, 2020 - Feature of the Week

A Visual COVID-19 Reminder

First, a thanks to Brian Doll for sharing this sad but powerful image of vehicles lined up at SDCCU (San Diego County Credit Union) Stadium, vehicles whose occupants are waiting in search of food provided graciously and generously by the local food bank “Feeding San Diego.” This image is not uncommon. Across the nation other communities are experiencing the same problem, vehicles, often lined up for miles, patiently waiting for sustenance.

Mar 30, 2020 - Feature of the Week

COVID-19, Sun Tzu & 1st Thing

COVID-19 is a virus, but it’s also an enemy, an invisible and lethal enemy. As the whole world knows, COVID-19 is humanity’s #1 enemy at this moment in human history. Truly, we are at war. COVID-19 struck quickly and powerfully in a blitzkrieg that has, like 9/11, changed the world. It will be defeated but not until it has done more damage. In its aftermath, we would be wise to reassess why so many countries around the world, if not every country, was caught off-guard.

Mar 16, 2020 - Feature of the Week

COVID-19: Balance is Primary!

During this global pandemic of COVID-19 with its attendant turmoil and concern, it is vital for all humanity—individuality and collectively—to remain “balanced” and not allow the virus, or any other calamitous situation for that matter, to dictate our disposition. When we lose our balance, we put ourselves in a perilous situation. Uncomfortable? Of course, but Imperative to manage and control. This is why “Balance is Primary” is a fundamental life principle, not simply a martial arts precept.

Mar 2, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Joan of Arc: French Heroine

Joan of Arc is, arguably, the most famous female warrior in history. There are others, of course, but her name is legend. You can read more about her life here: One of the stellar traits of great leaders is their positive and uplifting spirit, a spirit that energizes and motivates others to rise to the occasion and do great things. The following succinct and powerful quote from Joan of Arc reflects such positivity.