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SEPT NEWS: Labor Day, Tournament, $50 Referral Bonus & more

LABORING ON LABOR DAY? – Life Ki-do will not be open on Monday, September 1st
We will be open on Saturday, August 30th but closed on Labor Day.  We return to our normal class schedule on Tuesday, September 2nd.  As always, you have 30 days to make up any missed class. Enjoy the holiday!

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE HAS ENDED – Please only come to your regular scheduled class
Our summer flexible schedule has been going since June and has allowed our students to do make ups or change the days they attend classes without having to schedule those or give us advance notice. With summer vacations over and school back in session, we just want to remind everyone that the flexible schedule has now ended.

Thus, if you need to make up a missed class or can’t come to class on your regular day, please call or email Jeff at jeff@lifekido.com to schedule a make-up.  Or you can book it yourself by going here: http://lifekido.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/BookMe (then login to your Life Ki-do account)

We have strict class size limits to ensure your child gets the maximum benefit, so in the fall, winter and spring, we require scheduling of make-ups to ensure we keep class sizes at the needed levels.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS? – Sensei Doug is here to help!
Sensei Doug makes himself available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at both 12 noon and 12:15 for one-on-one phone calls with parents. To schedule a time with Sensei Doug, you can book yourself by going here: http://lifekido.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/BookMe# Then make sure to login to your Life Ki-do account and from the 4 choices on the left, select “Special Events”. Then a list of days and times will appear named “Sensei Doug Parent Conference”. Just click the “Book” button next to the day and time you want. Alternately, you can email Sensei Doug directly to book a time – doug@lifekido.com

REFERRAL PROGRAM – Now $50 credit for you AND your friend!
Referrals from happy Life Ki-do families are the #1 way we reach new students. We so appreciate your trust and confidence in us that we have increased our referral bonus to $50 beginning September 1. For any new students you bring us outside of your immediate family, we will automatically give them $50 off their registration fee, and we will also give you $50 Life Ki-do credit (can be used towards tuition, merchandise or gear, or any other program we have).  Have your referrals register for a free trial class here Free Life Ki-do Trial Form and make sure they tell us you sent them.

FALL TOURNAMENTS! – Tournament dates now set!
Life Ki-do Tournaments are a wonderful complement to regular classes and give students an opportunity to practice their focus and martial arts skills as well as to develop their confidence. The Focus Tournaments nurture the art of doing one’s personal best rather than emphasizing competition. The Samurai Tournament will be Saturday, October 25th. We will not be doing a Power Ninja tournament until early 2015. Get more details and register here: http://lifekido.com/focus-tournaments/

NOT SURE WHAT OUR STYLE OF MARTIAL ARTS IS? – Life Ki-do Martial Arts!
If you are relatively new to us, you may not be fully aware of the martial arts style we teach. Our award-winning martial arts system is a unique blend developed by our founder Sensei Jonathan. He designs our weekly Life Ki-do curriculum based on the Russian Art of Systema, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, freestyle flow arts and self-defense training. Of course, every class uses the medium of martial arts to teach valuable life skills as well. Over the past 20 years our martial arts program has become renowned for its unique quality of being both nurturing and empowering as well being safe and lots of fun!|

WHEN DOES MY CHILD DO SPARRING? – How do I know when to bring our gear?
Sparring only occurs at Samurai level and only happens one official week each month, in addition to being part of the testing classes. Teen Adults should bring sparring gear to every class as we do not follow the same curriculum calendar. You can always check the calendar on our bulletin board to see when we’re doing what at Samurai and below levels. Alternately we do have it available online on our website. Here’s the direct link: http://lifekido.perfectmind.com/MySite/calendar . For Samurai students, our curriculum weeks run Monday through Saturday and typically changes every 7 days between Grappling (wrestling), Sparring, Flow Forms/Katas & Testing. At certain times throughout the year, we do change that up a bit and focus on bully work, personal safety and other more specialized areas of training. If it’s not a sparring week or testing week, your child will not need gear in any Samurai class.

 

PLEASE ONLY ARRIVE WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF CLASS TIME
We have a tight class schedule, limited parking and our staff need proper time to prepare for classes, so we would like to enlist everyone’s cooperation in not arriving more than 5 minutes prior to your class’ start time.

AUG NEWS: Tuition Increase, Family Discounts, $75 Referral Bonus, etc.

TAX FREE WEEKEND + AN ADDITIONAL 10% OFF– Great time to save on Life Ki-do Merchandise!
Certain items we sell will qualify for the upcoming Tax Free Weekend from Friday, August 8-10th. While we aren’t open on Sunday the 10th, you can still purchase online and we’ll make sure you save that 8.25% sales tax plus an additional 10%! Items included are: NEW Life Ki-do Lunchboxes, Life Ki-do shirts, pants or shorts.

REFERRAL PROGRAM – August only, $75 credit for any new Little Dragon students who recommend to us!
Our Referral Program is ongoing throughout the year and so for any student you recommend to us who signs up (make sure they tell us you sent them) we automatically give you AND the new student a $25 credit. Now, for the month of August only, for any student who signs up specifically in our Little Dragons program, we are upping that credit to $75! This is for new students only, and they must sign up in August.

FALL TUITION PRICE INCREASE – NO MORE BELT TESTING FEES & NEW FAMILY DISCOUNTS!
Long term Life Ki-do families know that we typically have a small tuition increase each year in October to meet the annual rise of operational costs. This October, we will be making changes to our tuition structure that we believe will be greatly beneficial to our students. By increasing the cost per class from between $.70 to $2.25, depending on the program you or your child are registered for, we will be able to meet the rise in our operational costs as well as eliminate ALL belt testing fees! We have also added a few other discount perks as outlined below. Your account will automatically reflect these tuition changes beginning October 1.

Here are the particulars:

  • NO MORE BELT TEST FEES – We are thrilled to announce that we will no longer have belt testing fees! Those of you who have been here for a time know about belt testing and the cumbersome multi-step process to confirm and pay the fee in time for your child to test. That will now be a thing of the past. You will simply get an email letting you know in advance the date that your child will be testing, giving you the opportunity to attend that class or ask that we delay testing; but no belt test fees to pay!
  • FAMILY DISCOUNTS – For the first time ever, we are offering a family discount on monthly tuition! 10% off the 2nd registered student, 20% off the 3rd, and 30% off the 4th (or above). Your account will automatically receive these discounts beginning October 1st if you have multiple family members registered with Life Ki-do. Additionally, any new family member who registers will receive 50% off the registration fee.
  • PRE-PAID DISCOUNTS – We will also be offering discounts if you’d like to pre-pay tuition. You can pre-pay 6 months tuition for a 5% discount or pre-pay 12 months tuition for a 10% discount. Please email jeff@lifekido.com if you’d like to take advantage of either of these discounts.
  • TUITION FEES - the following will be the new monthly rates effective October 1st:
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1x/wk (30 min classes)

$83 $85
1x/wk (45 min classes) $107 $110
2x/wk (30 min classes) $117 $120
2x/wk (45 min classes) $152 $156
3x/wk (45 min classes) $169 $174
4x/wk (45 min classes) $181 $186


AUGUST SAMURAI CAMP – ROPE DARTS
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We are excited to announce that Sensei Tommy will be leading a segment on Rope Darts in our upcoming August Samurai Camp for 1st-6th graders. This is our last camp of the summer, led by Sensei Jonathan and Sensei Doug.

Unlike all our other camps, this one is held at the West Austin Youth Association in Tarrytown

Not familiar with Rope Darts? See this amazing art performed by Sensei Tommy right here!
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Ready to sign up? Just go here for more info and to register!

www.lifekido.com/karate-camp/

 

Life Ki-do July Newsletter 2014

Dear Parents,

4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY – Closed Monday, June 30th through Saturday, July 5th
There will be no Life Ki-do classes the first week of July in honor of the 4th of July holiday. Classes will resume as normal on Monday, July 7th. We hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Missed classes can always be made up in any age appropriate class for 30 days following that missed class. During the summer, make-ups do not need to be scheduled so just come to as many make ups as needed any day/time that works for you. Our complete class schedule can be seen here:

ADVANCED KARATE CAMPS – Samurai Intermediate or Advanced & Teen/Adult students only
This special camp is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience advanced training in special skills like breaking boards, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu finishes, in-depth kata study, and stick & knife training. As we did in June, we are also bringing back Capoeira teacher Etienne Vidal to teach 2 days of Capoeira Angola. If you aren’t familiar with Capoeira (kapa-wear-a), it’s a Brazilian Martial Art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. We had a great time doing this in June, so don’t miss it!

  • August 4-8 from 10am-1pm @ the Life Ki-do Academy

To register for the Advanced Camp, please email or speak to Jeff – jeff@lifekido.com

POWER NINJA & SAMURAI CAMPS – July sold out, Aug still available
Click here for more details and to register for our Power Ninja or Samurai Life Ki-do Karate Camps. As of now, we have space in all August camps but just as we did in June and July, we expect these to sell out.

2 QUESTION PARENTING SURVEY – We’d love your input!
Life Ki-do is partnering with Carrie Contey, PhD to offer exciting new parenting workshops and material next school year. We’d love to get your input! There are just 2 parenting questions so we promise it won’t take long. Click here to take the survey. Thanks so much!

LIFE KI-DO PARENTING BOOK – Your word means a lot to other parents!
If you have read our award winning parenting book from Life Ki-do founders Jonathan and Lana Hewitt, we would appreciate your review on Amazon. You don’t have to buy the book from Amazon to leave a review. Click here to go right to our page on Amazon.

GETTING YOUR EMAILS? – Make sure to update Life Ki-do when you change your email addresses
We don’t use them for any purpose other than communicating directly with you about your child and things happening at Life Ki-do. I have, however, noticed a number of folks seem to not be getting all our emails. If you aren’t seeing at least 2-3 per month from us, in addition to our monthly newsletter (which does not come from our main email server), then something is wrong. Please email Jeff at jeff@lifekido.com to make sure we have your current email address on file, and if a spouse/significant other/child has a 2nd email address we can add, we can do that too. Our system emails and notifications come from the email address communication@perfectmind.com . It would be a great idea to add that email address to your address books to ensure they don’t go to your spam folder.

OUR LATEST BLOG POST! – A truly touching & insightful post by Sensei Jonathan.
To read “How a Martial Artist Found Joy and Connection Through Sparring” click here!

P.S. Our Referral Program: Referrals from happy Life Ki-do families are the #1 way we reach new students. For any new students you bring us outside of your immediate family, we will automatically give them $25 off their registration fee, and we will also give you $25 Life Ki-do credit (can be used towards tuition, merchandise or gear, camp or any other program we have).  We appreciate you supporting all that we do.

How a Martial Artist Found Joy and Connection Through Sparring

by Sensei Jonathan Hewitt – Founder of Life Ki-do

The Joy and Dance of Kickboxing:

Say what?

Let me explain.

The other night in our Teen/Adult class after more than 25 years of martial arts training and over 20 years of teaching full time, I experienced a deep joy and dance while we were doing some of our kickboxing curriculum (footwork, evasions, punches, kicks, shadow sparring and light sparring).

I grew up extremely competitive and in a very competitive community. All I knew was win or lose. I had to beat the other guy to prove myself and feel validated. This conditioning had colored so much of what I had done in my life and even though I won the trophies and other accolades, I was lacking joy and fulfillment.

Then over 20 years ago, I began a very dedicated meditation practice and began seeing life from a very different perspective, much more about connecting than competing. As my inner joy and fulfillment increased, I began to lose my interest in martial arts and saw it as the antithesis of connection. Fortunately I didn’t give it up and about 8 years ago I was introduced to Systema, which is very much about breath, fluidity and connection. Systema has helped transform my martial arts experience and my life in general but I still didn’t see how I could be fluid and connected when sparring or doing wrestling/BJJ. This was the first time I truly experienced joy and connection as if I was a dancer celebrating love, connection and life.

Thank you to our amazing students and fellow instructors for helping me to always be a white belt and know that there is no end to the amount of growth I can experience.

Martial arts aren’t the most important thing we learn through the Life Ki-do program

More insight, wisdom, and self-awareness from another of our graduating seniors – Zach Rahmes.

“I feel very much at peace when I am at the dojo. Martial arts aren’t the most important thing we learn through the Life Ki-do program. I have learned mutual trust and respect – the most valuable things I can give to someone, and the most valuable thing that I possess. To me, the connections that I form with other people are what give my life its meaning and purpose. This is why I love my dojo so dearly. More than any other place on earth, it fulfills me.”

Congratulations Zach! Your dedication to being present and being your personal best every moment of training is truly an inspiration. We know your presence and genuine connection with others will bring you fulfillment wherever you go.

Zach Rahmes

 

“I don’t care if you can smash a brick with your bare hands…the single most important teaching is being able to breathe and be aware of it”

Marshall Walston has trained with us for 12 years! Congratulations Marshall on your high school graduation! We will miss you.

The following is from Marshall’s Black Belt Test essay:

 

“A lot of what people think Martial Arts is, is being able to smash a brick, or being able to beat someone up. That isn’t what Martial Arts is at all. Being a Martial Artist is being able to go through an odyssey of struggle, conflict, pain, and doubt. Being able to go through a hardship, and use Life skills to get through it.I don’t care if you can smash a brick with your bare hands at the end of your training, and if you end your training there, you didn’t finish, nor did you really start it. If all that you get out of it is learning how to breathe and be aware of the happenings that surround us all and realize how those happenings impact us, and notice it, you become a better Martial Artist than the one who can crush a brick.

I said years ago that the one that has helped me the most through this world is Ninja Breathing. 12 years ago this idea was brought to my mind, to find my center. I still believe to this day that the single most important teaching of this place I call a second home, is being able to breathe and be aware of it; to take that breathing and live authentically with it. Life is a game that we play, and we are playing against ourselves. The one who lives it feeling fulfilled at the end of day wins.

I’ll see you star side.”

Marshall 3 pics

 

Life Ki-do June Newsletter 2014

Dear Parents,

SUMMER CLASSES – Does Anything Change?
As we put out in our April newsletter, our class schedule goes all summer and remains the same all year. However, we know your summer schedule may vary from week to week, so we make it easy to do make-up classes so your child stays on track with their training – see the Flexible Schedule below. If changes are necessary with your enrollment, please remember that we require 7 days notice prior to the start of the month you wish to freeze for Summer freezes and cancellations require 30 day’s notice.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE – STARTING 5/29
For all of June, July and August, if you need to change a class day or time due to schedule issues, or if you need to make up a missed class, feel free to simply come to the class of your choice. No need to call or email ahead of time. Just make sure it’s an age appropriate class. You can see our complete class schedule (which doesn’t change for the summer) here.

LOOKING FOR EXTRA CLASSES FOR THE SUMMER?
We offer an unlimited program for the summer months or you can also add one class per week if you are looking for something extra for your child to do this summer. Additional classes do get progressively cheaper per class.   Just contact Jeff for more information – jeff@lifekido.com

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS? – Sensei Doug is here to help!
Sensei Doug makes himself available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at both 12 noon and 12:15 for one-on-one phone calls with parents. To schedule a time with Sensei Doug, you can book yourself by going here: http://lifekido.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/BookMe# Then make sure to login to your Life Ki-do account and from the 4 choices on the left, select “Special Events”. Then a list of days and times will appear named “Sensei Doug Parent Conference”. Just click the “Book” button next to the day and time you want. Alternately, you can email Sensei Doug directly to book a time – doug@lifekido.com

LOOKING TO TAKE A CLASS WITH YOUR CHILD? – New older student parent-child class!
Our Saturday Family Tigers classes remain some of our most popular classes, and for good reason. That special time of bonding, connecting and helping your child grow as a martial artist and person is truly unique. Unfortunately those classes are only for 3-6 year olds. Now, for Samurai age students (7-11) we are offering a parent optional class on Fridays at 4:30. It is totally fine for students only in this class, but for those who would like to join their children, parents are now allowed to join in. Feel free to schedule a free trial anytime. To get more information and rates for adding a parent to this class, just contact Jeff – jeff@lifekido.com

TESTING – Does my child need gear?
I know when we send out the testing emails every month, it can be confusing to know for sure if your child needs gear to test for the next belt level. Gear is for Samurai or Teen/Adult students only. Here is a simple explanation as there are only 3 belt tests that require ordering gear. While you can buy all the gear at once, we felt it might be helpful to break it up and spread out the cost. If your child is already above one of these levels and does not have this gear, AND is in a Samurai or Teen class, we recommend purchasing now.

YELLOW with White Stripe –headgear, gloves and mouthpiece

PURPLE –Face Shield, Shin Guards and Groin Protector (for boys)

HAVE A NEW CREDIT CARD? – Need to update your payment method?
From time to time, we know credit card companies update our cards or perhaps security issues have caused a new card to be issued. To update your card on file with us, you’re welcome to present it to us at the dojo, but if you find it easier, you can do it online using our secure link. Just go here: https://fs20.formsite.com/lifekido1/paymentupdate/secure_index.html

NOT SURE WHAT OUR STYLE OF MARTIAL ARTS IS? – Life Ki-do Martial Arts!
If you are relatively new to us, you may not be fully aware of the martial arts style we teach. Our award-winning martial arts system is a unique blend developed by our founder Sensei Jonathan. He designs our weekly Life Ki-do curriculum based on the Russian Art of Systema, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, mindfulness based Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and self-defense training. Of course, every class uses the medium of martial arts to teach valuable life skills as well. Over the past 20 years our martial arts program has become renowned for its unique quality of being both nurturing and empowering as well being safe and lots of fun!

 

Life Ki-do Black Belt Test Video – May 3rd, 2014

If you weren’t able to attend our Black Belt test last Saturday, it was truly an amazing and inspiring event, with hundreds of our families joining together to support and celebrate some amazing young students. We not only honored and tested our 2 Black Belt students, Marshall Walston and Zach Majors, but also several other students who all tested for some of our highest belts.

Here is a fantastic video of the event shot by Gil Garcia, a parent of one of our students!

We also encourage you to check out an amazing essay by one of our two Black Belt students, Zach Majors!  Read that here!

Life Ki-do Black Belt Test May 3rd, 2014 from Life Ki-do Martial Arts on Vimeo.

Autobiography of an 18 Year Old Peacful Warrior – Life Lessons We Can All Learn From

On Saturday, May 3rd, one of our students, Zachary Majors, earned his Black Belt.  Zach is now 18 and started with Life Ki-do at age 10.

As part of his test, Zach was asked to submit an essay on what he has learned at Life Ki-do.  The following is Zach’s amazing essay which floored all of us at Life Ki-do.  Truly wisdom worth sharing.  Enjoy.

“Throughout my eight years of training in Life Ki-do, I have come to be stronger not only athletically, but also mentally and emotionally as well.  When I first started at this school as a young child, I wasn’t totally sure what I was getting myself into.  At the time, my perception was that every one of my peers would be stronger and more skilled than me, and that as a result I wouldn’t fit in and would find myself totally overwhelmed.  In fact, my very first memory at the dojo was of myself wrestling a boy who was much bigger than me, and likely a year or so older.  When we first began the drill together, I was admittedly very nervous.  I did not believe in myself, and felt as though I had no chance to do well against him and would likely end up hurt as a result.  As we first began to wrestle, my partner quickly pinned me, and as he was holding me down said words that I still remember to this day: “this is so easy”.  As I heard these words, an intriguing feeling rose up within me.  Instead of feeling angry or bitter, I found myself experiencing a strange sense of encouragement, almost as if someone was telling me that I was capable of doing so much more, and that I didn’t need to give up so easily.  Exactly how the rest of that match went is something that I don’t remember very clearly, but that is almost irrelevant.  What that match did reveal to me, however, is that I was – and still am – capable of much more than I often give myself credit for.  The fact that I was able to even able to ponder the possibility that I was not trying my best under adverse circumstances at such a young age proves this point to me very clearly.

With all of that being said, I would now like to talk about how the most important aspect of Life Ki-do, personal development, has affected me physically, mentally, and emotionally.  In terms of the physical aspects of my training, I can say with certainty that Life Ki-do has not only made me much more physically fit than I would be under different circumstances, but has also given me a tremendous number of valuable skills that will help me throughout the rest of my life.  By learning to flow and work with partners in a way that is beneficial to everyone involved, for example, has greatly increased my ability to connect with people on a deeper level.  Indeed, I would say that the different facets of Life Ki-do development should not be analyzed separately, but rather as pieces that come together to form a beautiful human being.  As I had mentioned earlier with the physical benefits of my training, the connectedness that results from a physical flow will inevitably lead to the emotional benefit of connectedness.  Similarly, having these feelings of connectedness will also lead to a heightened sense of empathy, which in turn will result in a greater level of maturity and wisdom within the person experiencing these feelings.  This is exactly the type of path which I had went through, and is one that I continue to journey on each and every day.  With each flow, movement, and breath, I can feel myself becoming stronger in all of the facets of my being.

Along with learning to connect with other people on a deeper level, Life Ki-do has also allowed me to develop a closer relationship with myself.  For many years, I was a somewhat closed-off individual, and felt as though I was incapable of communicating effectively with others.  Although it may be natural to assume that this would stem from a difficulty in connecting with others, I think that the problem actually lay in connecting with myself.  If a person cannot believe in themselves or their own abilities, or feel like they are capable of properly expressing themselves, then healthy communication with other people is incredibly difficult, if not impossible.  Through my Life Ki-do training, I feel like I have grown exponentially healthier in this respect, and although I still have a lot to work on, it is getting better and better each day.

In terms of how my training has helped me to overcome adversity outside of the dojo, I think the most compelling example that I could give would be the period in which I reentered public school after over five years of being out of the system.  To make matters even more difficult, I had to reenter during my Junior year of high school, which as many people would back me up on, is one of the hardest years of your education, as you have to begin preparing for college and take a number of stressful and highly important tests such as the SAT/ACT, etc.  Despite the immense challenge that I was faced with during this period of my life, however, I found the strength to push on, which I firmly believe was a direct result of the mental discipline and self-understanding that I have developed over the many years that I have at trained in Life Ki-do.  By being true to myself and calming myself down in stressful situations with my breathing, as well as adhering to the principle of living in the moment, I was able to adjust extremely well to my new environment, both academically and socially.  Through this period, I was able to make new friends, get good grades, and even score a 5 (highest score possible) on one of my AP exams.  After I have been through all that I have in my Junior (and now Senior) year in high school, I know that I can truly take on and accomplish anything that I set my mind to.

As I continue to live and grow as a human being, I can feel each day a change occurring within me.  This change is something that is difficult, if not impossible, to describe, but it is, in essence, a feeling that I am getting closer and closer to who I truly want to be.  The amount of growth that I have experienced in the past eight years at Life Ki-do is something which I don’t think the average person would be able to achieve in a lifetime.  Now that I am entering adulthood, I feel prepared to tackle any challenges that life wishes to throw at me.  No matter how hard something may be to achieve or adapt to in the beginning, I know that, ultimately, I will be able to succeed at anything I choose to do.  To me, the most important lesson anyone could ever learn from Life Ki-do is that we are all capable of becoming anything we want to be, and that as long as we are willing to accept and love other people and ourselves, as well as live in the moment and give each situation and experience our full attention and effort, there is nothing that can stop us from fulfilling our dreams and becoming beautiful human beings.”

Life Ki-do May Newsletter 2014

Dear Parents,

LIFE KI-DO SUMMER CAMPS – Register now before we sell out!
Life Ki-do Karate Camps include fun, nurturing and age appropriate games and training in martial arts, life skills, bully free safety skills and team building. We sell out virtually every camp every year. A limited number of spots are still available, so register now! Visit http://lifekido.com/karate-camp/ to see all camps, dates and times and to register today!

SUMMER FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE VS. SUMMER UNLIMITED PROGRAM – What’s the difference?
The Summer Flexible Schedule allows your child to make-up any missed class or just attend any other age appropriate class during the week rather than the set day they are currently scheduled for; still attending the same number of days each week you are currently paying for. We do this every year for June, July & August and there is no charge for this. You do not need to call ahead, which we ask during the school year. We do this on the honor system and it should give you ample opportunity to make-up any missed classes over the summer. Click here to view more about the summer flexible schedule – http://lifekido.perfectmind.com/MySite/flex-schedule

The Unlimited Program allows your child to attend as many classes as they like (in the age appropriate level) for a small additional fee. This program too is only available June, July and August. To sign up for the Unlimited Program please contact Jeff at jeff@lifekido.com or talk to us when you’re here. Why have your child throw Ninja Throwing Stars only one day a week when they could do five!

BIRTHDAY PARTIES WITH SENSEI DOUG – A Life Ki-do karate birthday party with Sensei Doug is always a huge success!
If you didn’t already know, Sensei Doug does birthday parties! Parties are either on Saturdays afternoons or on Sundays. Typically they are here at the dojo but if you want to coordinate an off-site event, just ask him! More information, pricing and contact information for Sensei Doug is here.

MEMORIAL DAY – Closed Mon, May 26th
There will be no Life Ki-do classes on Monday, May 26th in honor of Memorial Day. Classes will resume as normal on Tuesday, May 27th. We hope you all have a wonderful Memorial weekend! Missed classes can always be made up in any age appropriate class. Contact Jeff at jeff@lifekido.com to schedule make-ups or book them yourself by clicking here (and then login to your account).  Due to Memorial Day, the May belt test for Monday classes will be held on Monday, June 2nd.

IS LIFE KI-DO OPEN TODAY? – How do we know which holidays the dojo is closed?
In case you are wondering, anytime Life Ki-do is closed outside of our normal class schedule hours, we will always do the following to make you aware of the holiday schedule:

  1. We will change our voicemail greeting at 512/327-2900
  2. We will post the closure on our standard Facebook page
  3. We post all holiday closures on our website (go here so see any upcoming closures in the next few months)
  4. We post a sign on our bulletin board at least 7 days in advance of the closure
  5. We will post it here in our Monthly Newsletters!

Thus, if you don’t see any of that, you know we’re open for business as usual!

LOST AND FOUND – Missing your stuff?
We have 3 wicker crates near our front door filled with lost items from classes in the past 4-6 weeks. Please check here on your next visit if your child is missing any clothing or gear. We will empty out these bins on Friday May 16th, so please remember to check if you are missing anything.

WHEN DOES MY CHILD DO SPARRING? – How do I know when to bring our gear?
Sparring only occurs at Samurai level and only happens one official week each month, in addition to being part of the testing classes. You can always check the calendar on our bulletin board to see when we’re doing what at Samurai and below levels. Alternately we do have it available online on our website. Here’s the direct link: http://lifekido.perfectmind.com/MySite/calendar . For Samurai and below, our curriculum weeks run Thursday to Wednesdays and typically changes every 7 days between Grappling (wrestling), Sparring, Flow Forms/Katas & Testing. At certain times throughout the year, we do change that up a bit and focus on bully work, personal safety and other more specialized areas of training. If it’s not a sparring week or testing week, your child will not need gear in any Samurai class. Teen Adults should bring sparring gear to every class as we do not follow the same curriculum calendar. 

FLYING SENSEIS – The Life Ki-do team go indoor skydiving!
Sensei Jonathan was recently invited to experience iFLY with the founder of SkyHigh™, an incredible team building training program for corporations. SkyHigh™ can take your team development to new heights with unsurpassed impact by coupling experiential training expertise with iFLY’s indoor flight technology. For more info, go to www.SourceConsultingGroup.comand click here to see Sensei Jonathan and the Life Ki-do Team flying!