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martial arts class in austin

29 years teaching Martial Arts in Austin: Systema, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Tai Chi & Qigong.


We’ve spent more than two decades developing our own unique blend of martial arts in Austin. The foundation of what we teach is Systema which is based on breath, fluidity, and posture. With Systema as our underlying principle, our Life Ki-do program also incorporates Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Tai Chi, Qigong, and self-defense.


This strength-building, fluid approach to martial arts is the medium through which we teach Focus and Mindfulness, Confidence and Resilience, Relaxation Skills for Stress & Anxiety, and Social Skills such as Empathy, Communication & Teamwork.


You can watch a short video and read more about our award-winning approach and fun, safe environment HERE.


Our martial arts classes include three areas of training: Ground, Stand-up, and Flow Forms.




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, ground skills can also greatly enhance a student’s self-confidence and ability “to go with the flow.”

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Systema / Sparring

We incorporate moves, drills, and freestyle sparring from a variety of martial arts styles so that students may develop 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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Tai Chi / Qigong / Traditional Karate

Students first learn to connect a series of individual movements using their breath then they progress to a pre-choreographed set of moves from Tai Chi and traditional karate katas. This individual practice not only builds tremendous body awareness, coordination, strength, and stamina but also develops focus, confidence, and determination.

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