Kiado-Ryu Karate

Jul 26, 2015 - Photo of the Week

Like Grandfather, Like Grandsons

Well, the circles and cycles of life keep circling ‘round. With Mr. King are his two grandsons: Ciaran, aka “Lightning,” (the elder, now 5) and Rory, aka “Thunder,” (the younger, age 1). They are the progeny of Whitefire’s younger daughter, Chandra, and her husband, Dan. Photo #1: Lightning gets instruction in hand checking as Thunder sits and takes notes. Photo #2: Lightning is put to the test with Thunder on deck, standing and ready to mix it up.

Jul 20, 2015 - Photo of the Week

Patton, the KIA & Life

General George Patton is one of the greatest military generals in United States history. He was a major factor in the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe during World War II. Patton has many memorable quotes which resonate with of the principles of the Karate Institute of America and to life in general, one of which is this … In war the only sure defense is offense. Kiado-Ryu philosophy can testify to the veracity of this statement, not only in combat but in day-to-day living.

Jul 13, 2015 - Photo of the Week

The KIA/Churchill Nexus

Winston Churchill was one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century. As Prime Minister of Great Britain, it was his leadership that helped win World War II. He was a smart, tough, determined, indefatigable and inspirational leader. There is a nexus, a connection, between the philosophy and mindset of Winston Churchill and the Karate Institute of America. What is it? First, this question. What one quality is common to every one of the current 63 Black Belts of the Kiado-Ryu and soon to be 64?

Jul 6, 2015 - Photo of the Week

Congratulations, Smasher!

Congratulations to Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet on the accomplishment of his Orange Belt. After a job well done, he poses with the Black Belts and his brother, Tristan, for some memorable photos. Aidan did a wonderful job. He is a remarkable young man—very smart, very coordinated and very determined. As he learns to exhibit the mark of a master, i.e., control, he will go far in life. We look forward to watching him continue to grow and, hopefully, join his brother, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet as a Kiado-Ryu Black Belt one day.

Jun 29, 2015 - Photo of the Week

Smasher Tests for Orange Belt

This four photo sequence features some of Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet’s Orange Belt test: Instructions from Mr. King. Bowing in with the Black Belts. Looking determined and focused during his “burn.” Fighting with fourth dan Black Belt, Kim “Cultivator” Thomas. Aidan has come a long way since he began his Kiado-Ryu journey, growing from a boy to a young man. We are extremely proud of what he has accomplished and how he has matured.

Jun 22, 2015 - Photo of the Week

Before Cell Phones & Computers

It may seem inconceivable but there was a time before cell phones and computers, a time when people were engaged in actively pursuing meaningful goals and achievements. This dual photo (courtesy of and copyright by Genny “Cougar” Edge) was such a time. The year was 1986. The event—a group testing at the Karate Institute of America. It seems like yesterday, but at the time of this publication that was a mere 29 years ago!