Kiado-Ryu Karate

Feb 19, 2024 - Feature of the Week

Samurai Review: The Four Factors

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia During their time, the Japanese samurai were some of the most fierce and fearful warriors on the planet. One of their constant warcraft strategies consisted of four prime attributes—skill, courage, movement and eyesight. Regarding these four precepts of fighting, there was an order of efficiency. How would you rate the following four fighting principles of skill, courage, movement and eyesight in order of importance—from top to bottom?

Feb 5, 2024 - Feature of the Week

9/11 Reality or Coverup

The WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK on Tuesday, 11 September 2001—commonly known as 9/11—has been described by Dr. Judy Wood as The New Hiroshima. The blame for the attacks fell onto Islamist suicide terrorists and was carried out by al-Qaeda. This may have been so … maybe. However, what is “not so” is that the Towers’ destruction was caused by two airplanes crashing into those massive structures and it was the planes that brought the Towers down.

Jan 22, 2024 - Feature of the Week

Standing Alone

As we have seen in the previous KIA feature, “Shakespeare and Martial Arts,” an excellent piece of advice was given to Laertes by his father, Polonius. That historic advice from Hamlet is from—Act 1, scene 3: This above all–to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. However, while being one’s own man offers certain advantages to living a good life, there is more.

Jan 8, 2024 - Feature of the Week

Shakespeare & Martial Arts

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE is, arguably, the greatest writer in history. He is certainly the greatest playwright the world has ever known. Who is there who has never heard of the Great Bard, read one of his plays, his poems, his sonnets or recited one of his quotations? But what in the world has Shakespeare got to do with Martial Arts, you might ask? After all, he was a writer, not a fighter.

Dec 18, 2023 - Feature of the Week

Raptor — 5ᵗʰ Dan Rising

This is HUGE! On Thursday, 14 December 2023, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet became only the 3ʳᵈ individual in Kiado-Ryu history to earn a MASTER BLACK BELT ranking! He is preceded by Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (1ˢᵗ) and Christopher “Growler” Grau (2ⁿᵈ). So … a well deserved CONGRATULATIONS, RAPTOR! The KIA officially began its life on 31 August 1979 and now, 44 years and over 3,300 students later, Raptor has risen to a “Master” ranking.

Dec 4, 2023 - Feature of the Week

Wind Goes Green

Thursday, 30 November 2023, was another auspicious day for Shaw “Wind” Shahriari as he easily passed his Green Belt test (with a little stress). Congratulations, young man! A fruitful—and joyous—accomplishment. “Great job, Wind!” Adding to the auspicious occasion was the presence of Kiado-Ryu Green Belt Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet—a once precocious young lad who has blossomed into a giant young man, now 17 years of age and a Senior in High School.