Kiado-Ryu Karate

Feb 6, 2017 - Photo of the Week

The Road to Success Is Paved With Failure

From The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a Martial Arts Master. Within the heart emotions stir. Failure is not what we prefer; but yet, the victors all confer - The Road To Success Is Paved With Failure. We live in a dual dimension. There is positive; there is negative. There is day; there is night. There is high; there is low; masculine and feminine; hard and soft; hot and cold; on and off; up and down, war and peace and … success and failure.

Jan 30, 2017 - Photo of the Week

KIA Troubadours - Richard & Richard circa 1995

There’s often a lot more to KIA practitioners than martial arts. Last week we featured Steve “Coyote” Vertun and his wonderful song Ghost. This week we take you back to the mid 1990s with troubadours Richard & Richard, a Karate Institute of America singer/songwriter duo who played locally at various venues including the San Juan Capistrano Mission and The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano where they occasionally performed as an opening act for nationally known touring singers and bands.

Jan 23, 2017 - Feature of the Week

Coyote's Ghost

In Memoriam A KIA Black Belt’s Ghost Steve “Coyote” Vertun, KIA Black Belt #39, has experienced the most horrific event in a parent’s life—the passing of his son, Alexander. In his son’s memory, Steve has written, sung, performed and produced a music CD whose anchor song is GHOST—a must-see beautiful tribute in word, song and production. It should also be noted that Coyote’s music engineer is the KIA’s own Jerry “Shuto” Alston, the 28th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu.

Jan 16, 2017 - Photo of the Week

Tough Dude Attitude vs. Educated Fighter

Billed with high expectations, the Ronda Rousey–Amanda Nunes fight was UFC’s 207th main event showcase. It was held on 30 December 2016, in Las Vegas. It was Rousey’s first fight since being knocked out via the striking arsenal of Holly Holm on 15 November 2015, when Holm’s left roundhouse kick to the head topped off the final blow to “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in the second round, leading to her devastating defeat in the octagon during UFC 193 and further leading to her loss of the women’s UFC World Bantamweight Championship title.

Jan 9, 2017 - Photo of the Week

Raptor vs. Raptor Dad

What better way to start off 2017 than with a Raptor vs. Raptor Dad tête-à-tête. Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet (KIA Black Belt #64) mixes it up with his dad, Ed Ligtvoet, in a light sparring duel. Although Mr. Ligtvoet is not an official KIA student, at least not yet, he does have a military background, having served in the Royal Netherlands Army as a younger man. Raptor’s success as a martial artist was certainly aided by his father, who would always mix in up with his elder son as he was growing up.

Dec 19, 2016 - Photo of the Week

Return of the Hawk

The Hawk flew into the Karate Institute of America in the 1980s, developed his martial arts skills, became a champion fighting and forms competitor, and moved deeply into the Brown Belt rankings until his destiny forced him in the 1990s to spread his wings and fly to other regions. However, as destiny would also demand, he returned to his KIA home for an awesome visit and get-together with Mr. King, sharing stories of old and great events of daring-do.