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30 years teaching Martial Arts Near You in Austin: Systema, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate,
Self-Defense, Tai Chi & Qigong.

Martial Arts Classes Near You

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.


We’ve spent more than three decades developing our own unique blend of martial arts curriculum and classes 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 Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Self-defense.


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


Our martial arts classes near you, at our Westlake martial arts dojo, and in South Austin will help you become a fit and well rounded martial artist. We have age-specific lessons, including kids karate classes, preschool karateteen karate classes and adult karate classes.




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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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 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.




Systema, offered in Austin, Westlake Hills, and South Austin, is a unique martial art that emphasizes natural movement and efficiency through breath training and proper body mechanics. This art teaches students to react instinctively with adaptability, precision, and power. Rather than rigid techniques, Systema focuses on leveraging individual strengths and instinctive reactions, making it an ideal practice for enhancing daily life flow. We are very thankful to bring the transformative experience of Systema to the Austin community. More about Life Ki-do Systema.


Karate is an ancient discipline known for its explosive punches, blocks, and kicks. We use both freestyle karate sparring as well as karate katas/forms (a choreographed pattern of movements) to help students develop their karate skills. Freestyle sparring teaches our students problem solving and partnership skills while katas teach focus and discipline. More about Life Ki-do Karate.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on ground skills and submission techniques. Unlike many other martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu doesn't rely heavily on striking; instead, it focuses on grappling and positional dominance. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often referred to as the “gentle art” as it focuses more on leverage, technique, and proper body mechanics compared to power and speed, allowing smaller partners to be effective against larger partners. More about Life Ki-do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Tai Chi is characterized by slow, flowing movements and deep breathing.  Tai Chi is often referred to as meditation in motion as the practice encourages a calm and centered mind along with a strong and flowing body. We practice the Yang Style short form, the most practiced form throughout the world. Learn more about our Austin-Westlake Tai Chi class


Qigong is designed to help cultivate and circulate your inner energy, power, or qi (pronounced ‘chee’). Qigong utilizes the breath, a strong posture, and an awareness of gathering, circulating, and storing inner power-qi.


In addition to learning the simplest and most practical physical self-defense skills, students also develop self-awareness, situational awareness, nervous system regulation, and interpersonal skills to best help diffuse a potential conflict.

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Preschool Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

Even at an early age, you can help your children develop their focus, self-regulation, and social skills. Through our preschool karate classes, you and your child will have fun while learning important life skills. 

Kids Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

During the formative elementary years, our martial arts classes are designed to teach your children the art of self-mastery, gaining confidence, focus, and resilience.

Teen Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

Our teen karate classes are a great opportunity to train the body, mind, and spirit. These classes are offered at our Westlake Hills  Dojo

Austin - Westlake Hills Adult Karate Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi, and  Systema Classes

No experience is needed. Great for beginners & advanced students.  Join our Systema, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi, Martial Arts classes to learn to destress while having fun in a supportive environment. Weekday morning, evening, and Saturday classes offered at our Westlake Hills Dojo

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