Kiado-Ryu Karate

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!

Jun 15, 2015 - Photo of the Week

Black Belt Master Artisan

Looking like the iconic true artiste, Dave “Rugman” Sampson allows us a look into his everyday life as a custom carpet artisan and part owner of MH Custom Carpets in Laguna Hills, CA. Rugman is the forty-second Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America, receiving his first dan rank on 24 February 1996. His elder son, Phillip, aka, “Ringer,” is the thirty-third Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, receiving his First dan ranking on 20 August 1994.

Jun 8, 2015 - Photo of the Week

The Giant of the Kiado-Ryu

Thomas Lindsey, aka “Draco,” is truly the giant of the Karate Institute of America. He hooked-up with Mr. King to say his farewell last week. He, his wife Michele and family, will be leaving the West Coast to establish a new life on the East Coast this month. Draco is the 52nd Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu, earning his first dan ranking on 13 December 1997. Although projecting a fearsome presence, Thomas is a gentle giant.

Jun 1, 2015 - Photo of the Week

Smasher OB Prep

Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet, lookin’ pretty spiffy in his grey and red stripped pants, prepares for his Orange Belt test as he plants one of his powerful right punches squarely on Bob’s chin. Smasher, a very smart and talented young man, has been working very hard lately, and we look forward to witnessing him move to the next level very soon!