Founder of Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts (KRMA)

Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts was founded by Grandmaster and 8th Degree Black Belt Lance Strong. Lance has been involved in the martial arts for over 55 years and has been an instructor for over 30 years.  

In November 2006 Lance was awarded his 8th Degree Black Belt and Hanshi title by Grandmaster Leo Fong and the Kiaido Ryu Masters Board. 

"Lance is a visionary who sees martial arts as a continuous journey toward self-improvement. He is a true teacher who is able to guide students to the door of knowledge and inspire them to enter and discover themselves." 
Grandmaster Leo Fong - Los Angeles USA

Hanshi Lance is also the highest ranking instructor of Dillman Karate International, outside of the USA. He was awarded his 7th Degree Black Belt in D.K.I in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1996. He was graded by a board of Grandmasters, consisting of four of the world's best-known martial artists, Professor Wally Jay 10th Degree, Professor Remy Presas 10th Degree, Leo Fong 10th Degree and George Dillman 9th Degree.

In Los Angeles in 2012 Lance was also awarded his 5th Level ranking in Grandmaster Leo Fong’s martial art of Wei Keun Do, or “Way of the Integrated Fist.”

Due to his extensive experience in martial arts weaponry Lance has also been involved in stunt work/weapons choreography for the television programs Hercules and Xena.

In 1995, Lance was awarded the Thames/Coromandel District Sports Award for Service to Sport. He has an extensive background in Education and Training, having worked for Toyota New Zealand for many years as Training Manager. Lance was responsible for delivering leading edge training in the areas of Personal Development, Peak Performance, Leadership Skills and Total Quality Management. He also spent three and a half years in the corporate world in America where he worked as a Senior Vice President of Operations, while continuing his extensive martial arts studies.

Throughout his career Lance has had an enthusiastic interest in the development of human potential, and helping people live their very best lives, by combining modern motivational training with the deeper philosophies and teachings of the martial arts.

To make this knowledge readily available he has developed the course called "Warriors Wisdom." The content for this is based on Lance's book "Warriors Wisdom."

(Copies of the book are available through our on-line shop)

Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts is affiliated to Dillman Karate International USA, Grandmaster Leo Fong's Wei Kuen Do, and is a member of the US based United World Martial Arts Federation. 

All Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts rankings are internationally approved and sanctioned by a panel of Masters:

  • Grandmaster Lance Strong 8th Degree Black Belt
  • Grandmaster Ava Strong 7th Degree Black Belt
  • Master Paul Hinton 6th Degree Black Belt


Fri, Jul 6
6pm Black Belt Grading
When Fri, Jul 6, 6pm
Where Thames (map)
Sat, Jul 7
9am All Ranks Grading
When Sat, Jul 7, 9am
Where Thames (map)
6pm KRMA Dinner and Hanshi 70th B'day celebration
When Sat, Jul 7, 6pm
Where The Club, 601 Mackay St, Thames 3500, New Zealand (map)
Fri, Aug 17
7pm Warriors Wisdom Part 1
When Fri, Aug 17, 7pm
Where Kauaeranga Valley Education Camp, Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Coromandel Forest Park 3592, New Zealand (map)
Sat, Aug 18
7am Warriors Wisdom Part 1 day 2
When Sat, Aug 18, 7am
Where Kauaeranga Valley Education Camp, Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Coromandel Forest Park 3592, New Zealand (map)
Sun, Aug 19
7am Warriors Wisdom Part 1 day 3
When Sun, Aug 19, 7am
Where Kauaeranga Valley Education Camp, Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Coromandel Forest Park 3592, New Zealand (map)
Sat, Nov 10
9am Camp All Ranks
When Sat, Nov 10, 9am
Where Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp, 304 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames 3577, New Zealand (map)
Sun, Nov 11
9am Continuing Camp Training
When Sun, Nov 11, 9am
Where Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp, 304 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames 3577, New Zealand (map)
Fri, Nov 30
6pm Black Belt Grading
When Fri, Nov 30, 6pm
Where Thames (map)
Sat, Dec 1
9am Gradings All Ranks
When Sat, Dec 1, 9am
Where Thames (map)

Next Event

Next Up....
All Ranks Training Camp-
Kauaeranga Christian Camp
June 16th & 17th 2018
(see bottom for more information on camp costs)

Camp is open to all ranks from White Belt to All Black Belt Levels; a not to be missed event.
Those grading in July will get to cover their syllabus on Sunday.
As you can see Saturday is a great time to enjoy top level seminars with Hanshi & Shihan.
As well as advanced training you will also get the chance to meet and train with the High Ranks of Kiaido Ryu,
and meet students from the other Dojo’s from Taupo to Kaitaia.

To those grading in July I would make this a priority to sharpen up your skills and really nail that grading especially those looking at Black Belt

What more can I say, this is the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge in one weekend on all manner of Self Defence.

Get your registration Forms from Instructor or
email and I will send you one

Training Program –

Program is subject to change – just rough guide line for weekend

Saturday  June 16th   

10am -11.00 am                   Kata Basics (Kihon) with Hanshi
15 Minute Break                                                  
11.15am -12.00pm              Kata Applications (Bunkai)  with Hanshi
12.30pm – Lunch
1.30 – 3.30pm                       Jiu Jitsu & Groundfighting with Shihan Phil
15 Minute Break
3.45pm – 5.00pm                 Jiu Jitsu continues with Shihan Phil                                  

Sunday  June 17th
8.00 – 9.00pm - Breakfast
9.00 -12.00am -                  Grading Requirements
12.30pm – Lunch
1.30pm – 2.00pm               Sparring Skills Offensive-Defensive               
2.00 – 2.30pm                     Sparring
Students picked up by 3pm
What to Bring

  • Gi – Karate Uniform/s
  • Weaponry (if you have sticks or Bo’s etc)
  • Sparring gear – Protective wear
  • Sport Clothing – Pants, T Shirts, Sweat Shirts, Sweat Pants, Warm jacket, Running shoes
  • Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Toilet Gear, Towels
  • Cap or Sunhat/Sun Block, Insect repellent, Torch (Optional)
  • Any required Medication

 Pricing(a non-refundable Deposit of $70.00 p/p required with registration)

  • $130.00 (includes All Training, Meals, Accommodation)
  • Non Training Parents - $100.00 (includes Meals and Accommodation)
  • Day Trippers $30 per day (bring your own food)

 Arrival 9-10am Sat.  Departure approx: 3pm Sun. First Class 10am Sat


  Direct payment:KRMA      06 0397 0085400 00 please ensure you put camp attendees name for ID