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Life Ki-do Martial Arts

Best Austin Martial Arts & Personal Development Dojo Near You

Empowering kids, teens & adults to develop unshakeable confidence, a deep inner well-being,
and the ability to thrive in all areas of life.​
Come experience a free trial class to see why Life Ki-do is renowned for being Austin's best martial arts classes and personal development Dojo near you for the past 30 years. 

LIFE KI-DO BEST OF AUSTIN AWARDS
Best Afterschool Activity ~ Austin Chronicle
Favorite Sports Education ~ KidsOutandAbout.com
Best Martial Arts Youth Program ~ Austin Family & Austin Fit Magazines

AUSTIN MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES
FOR KIDS & ADULTS

You want the best for your children. You want them to feel their best and perform their best.

Give them the gift of kids' martial arts classes that strengthens and nourishes their mind, body, and spirit (all while having a blast!). 

 

Whether your kid is super shy or has boundless energy, through our kids martial arts classes they’ll develop the strength to ground and center themselves to thrive both in the dojo and beyond.

 

And yes, you deserve the best too! We also have Adult Austin Martial Arts Classes for beginners as well as advanced students  near you!

Join a supportive community and train mind, body & spirit to manage everyday stress & live with more strength, peace & well-being.

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Join your child in playful, cooperative and connection-strengthening activities.

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Ages 7-11 (2nd-5th Grade)

Your child learns the art of self-mastery, focus, resilience and the ability to bounce back.

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Ages 4-5 (Pre-K)

These classes are designed to develop focus, self-regulation, and social skills.

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Students cultivate a centered mental, emotional, & physical state for today.

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Ages 5-7 (K & 1st Grade)

Develop deep and lasting self-confidence and focus & self-regulation.

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Mixed age class convenient for homeschoolers during school hours.

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FIND MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES NEAR YOU

Whether you are looking for Austin Karate, Systema, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi, or martial arts classes for kids, teens, or adults, you will find it at Life Ki-do.

 

Come check out one of our multiple locations! Find the closest martial arts classes near you:

Life Ki-do Martial Arts Austin Westlake

Life Ki-do Martial Arts South Austin

Calmness and Connection

MARTIAL ARTS &
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Looking for Austin's favorite Martial Arts and Karate classes near you? There are plenty of great  Karate, Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tai Chi, and Systema programs for kids, teens, and adults in Austin. Why has Life Ki-do been Austin's favorite for over 30 years? Our Martial Arts classes for kids, teens, and adults infuse our transformative River Flow Personal Development system (based on our Amazon Best Selling Book) along with our  unique  martial arts curriculum that blends the best of Systema, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Tai Chi, Qigong, and self-defense training. 

 

To top if off, our Life Ki-do Martial Arts & Personal Development instructors are professional educators who have decades of teaching experience and are amazing role models for kids, teens, and adults.

FOCUS & MINDFULNESS

Students learn how to be more present increasing focus in academics, extracurricular activities, and work.

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RELAXATION FOR STRESS & ANXIETY

Students learn how to transform stress and anxiety into a calm, positive presence.

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CONFIDENCE &
RESILIENCE

Students develop a never give up attitude and a stronger sense of self, always ready to give their personal best.

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EMPATHY, KINDNESS & FRIENDSHIP

Students learn how to develop strong social skills and create healthy, respectful relationships.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Thanks to your staff my son has become a strong, calm, centered, confident young man.  I fully believe in the transformative powers of your program and recommend it to everyone. You reach down into the heart & soul of the student and through hard work and dedication they become better individuals from the inside out.”

 

—  Robin S.

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GROUND TRAINING

Systema / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Wrestling

Ground training is a crucial component in a comprehensive martial arts program. Our students learn and practice how to fall and roll safely, effective takedowns, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling techniques, as well as Systema strikes and breaks from the ground. Aside from the practical self-defense benefits, the Systema style ground skills can also greatly enhance a student’s self-confidence and ability “to go with the flow.”

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STAND-UP TRAINING

Karate / Sparring / Systema

We incorporate moves, drills, and freestyle sparring from a variety of martial arts styles so our can students  develop powerful stand-up blocking, punching, and kicking skills.

 

However, our emphasis in stand-up training is on the Systema principles of fluidity and partnering that involves mutual care and respect.

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FLOW FORMS

Tai Chi / Qigong / Karate

Students learn the series of individual movements that make up a Traditional Karate Kata as well as the Yang Style Short form of Tai Chi.

The Tai Chi Form & Karate Katas build tremendous body awareness, coordination, strength, and stamina as well mental focus, confidence, and determination.

MARTIAL ARTS STYLES

Martial arts training includes punching, kicking, blocking, take-downs, and wrestling. Some styles focus on one of these elements and at some martial arts schools, you’ll see that focus. So you may only do stand-up striking work or you may only do groundwork. At Life Ki-do, however, we blend all of these elements into our own unique curriculum so that students become well-rounded martial artists.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“As a Mom (and also a pediatrician), I highly recommend this phenomenal program. Joyful, physically challenging, and enlightening. ” 

 

—  Mother of Power Ninja Student, Age 7

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Founder

& Lead Instructor

Sensei Jonathan Hewitt

Combining his 35+ years of martial arts, meditation, and mindfulness practice, Sensei Jonathan is the Founder & Creator of Life Ki-do, and the author of of the Best Selling Book River Flow: A Simple Path to Live Your Best Life  and the Award Winning Book Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy Confident Kids from the Inside Out. 

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Youth Program Director

& Lead Instructor

Sensei Doug Diamond

Sensei Doug's 35+ years in martial arts and his experience as a  Montessori School teacher come together in his outstanding talent as Lead Instructor and Youth Program Director.

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Teen Program Director

& Lead Instructor​

Sensei Deven Penn

A black belt in Life Ki-do with over 10 years experience teaching children & teenagers, Sensei Deven taught in a classroom setting before becoming a Lead Instructor at Life Ki-do.

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Dojo Manager

& Lead Instructor​

Sensei Sarah Hayes

Sensei Sarah embodies the spirit and discipline of Life Ki-do, having started her Life Ki-do training at the tender age of 4. With over 20 years of training, Sensei Sarah holds a Life Ki-do 3rd degree black belt. Sensei Sarah also leads all Life Ki-do camps, the girls only martial arts class as well as co-leading the Life Ki-do leadership team. 

WELCOME TO THE LIFE KI-DO FAMILY

Life Ki-do is much more than a martial arts school

It’s a supportive, nurturing community that feels like family. Every member of our team is deeply committed to the families we serve and the transformational work we do.​

Life Ki-do Martial Arts & Personal Development Instructors

MARTIAL ARTS LOCATIONS NEAR YOU

For more than 30 years we've been teaching Martial Arts, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Systema, & Tai Chi classes in Austin. Our Austin dojo locations include our headquarters in  Austin Westlake Dojo as well as satellite locations in South Austin 

Please email  or call us with any questions or visit our FAQ .

Austin Westlake Hills Martial Arts School, Dojo

AUSTIN WESTLAKE DOJO

LOCATION:

3636 Bee Caves Rd. #212

Austin, TX 78746

PHONE:

512-327-2900

EMAIL:

info@lifekido.com

Austin, TX

SOUTH AUSTIN LOCATIONS

SOUTH AUSTIN 

Circle C Community Center
Parkside Community School

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