Kiado-Ryu Karate

Oct 20, 2014 - Photo of the Week

Fun Fear

Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (KIA fourth dan Black Belt) expresses some “fun fear” as he poses with our newest future Kiado-Ryu fighter, Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet. “Look out, Mr. Thomas! Smasher is, indeed, a smasher!”

Oct 6, 2014 - Photo of the Week

The "Before" Photo

Take a good look at this photo. It’s the “Before” shot of big brother Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and younger brother Aidan, aka “Smasher.” Why “Before?” Because Tristan started his martial arts studies when he was Aidan’s age and size. Now look at him! Thus, how big will Aidan be when he is 15? That will be a great “After” shot when he poses with his brother then!

Sep 29, 2014 - Photo of the Week

Smasher's Beginning

Aidan “Smasher” Ligtvoet, Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet’s younger brother, strikes a pose at the outset of his martial arts journey. Aidan is smart, coordinated, determined … and tough. All of us at the KIA look forward to sharing and helping Aidan as he grows … and grows … and grows. If he’s anything like his older brother, he’ll be a big dude one day!

Sep 23, 2014 - Photo of the Week

The Family Ligtvoet

Pictured with third dan Brown Belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet are members of his family, many of whom traveled from Los Angeles to support Tristan in testing for his 3rd Brown rank. How wonderful it is to have a family who supports their own. It’s not as common as one might think. The Karate Institute of America is honored to have such a exemplary family as a part of its legacy.

Sep 15, 2014 - Photo of the Week

Raptor & Barracuda - Post Test Group Photo

Posing with Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet and Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett after the successful completion of their 3rd Brown degree and Purple belt rank respectfully are 4th Degree Black Belts Chris “Growler” Grau (red top) and Kim “Cultivator” Thomas (far right) and Richard “Whitefire” King (center).

Sep 8, 2014 - Photo of the Week

Barracuda Bags Her Purple Belt

Zemia “Barracuda” Garrett blasts her way through the “bag work” section of her Purple Belt test. Notice those Barracuda fists? You never want to experience them. Trust me. Oh, and by the way, never, never, ever tug on her pony tail!