Kiado-Ryu Karate

Sep 5, 2022 - Feature of the Week

The Secret of Greatness

From The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a Martial Arts Master. In the realm of greatness and all of its immensity, the secret to its attainment is the overcoming of adversity. A great man stands on God. A small man stands on a great man. Ralph Waldo Emerson Responsibility is the price of greatness. Winston Churchill No man ever yet became great by imitation. Samuel Johnson Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.

Aug 22, 2022 - Feature of the Week

The "Still Stance"

The world population in this year of 2022 is nearly eight billion people (8,000,000,000). ( That’s a lot of human beings. Of this extremely large number of souls, how many do you suppose have ever had to stand still, perfectly still, without so much as a finger twitch for 5 minutes? 10 minutes? 15 minutes? 20 minutes? 30 minutes? 40 minutes? 50 minutes? One hour? The lower amount of time, 5 to 20 minutes, is pretty easy to master.

Aug 8, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Mark Twain & Martial Arts

What does Mark Twain—Samuel Langhorne Clemens—have to do with Martial Arts? Actually nothing, per se. Martial artists have their martial skills. Mark Twain had his wit. His tongue was so sharp it could cut a person down before he blinked. For Twain, his wit was his martial art. Mark Twain has been recognized as the greatest humorist in American history. The great writer, William Faulkner, credits Mark Twain as the “Father of American literature.

Jul 24, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Growler Rises to 5th Dan Black Belt Achieves "Master" Ranking

This is a big deal! Chris “Growler” Grau, the 36th Black Belt of the Karate Institute of America, achieved a 5th Dan “Master” ranking on 14 July 2022. With this hallmark achievement, Chris is to be honorably acknowledged as “Master Grau” in the Kiado-Ryu martial arts system. He is only the second Black Belt in the 43 year history of the KIA to be awarded such status, joining Kim “Cultivator” Thomas who was the first Kiado-Ryu Black Belt to attain such a high rank and awarded to him on 15 December 2015.

Jul 11, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Big Mike Pays a Visit

You remember “Big Mike,” right? He was the focal point of the 2009 movie “The Blind Side” in which Quinton Aaron played the part of a homeless kid, Michael Ohr, who eventually became a professional football player in the National Football League (NFL). Sandra Bullock played the charitable mother (Leigh Anne Tuohy) who guided and supported “Big Mike” in his journey. For her performance, Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Jun 27, 2022 - Feature of the Week


Martial Arts is combat by definition. The goal of combat is to win. In order to win it is critical that we know both ourselves AND our enemy. Sun Tzu—the famous Chinese warlord and author of The Art of War—stated: Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. Sun Tzu Wars can take different shapes. The current invasion of Ukraine by Russia is a “Hot war,” as were World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, America’s Revolutionary War against Britain and our own Civil War.