The goal of Life Ki-do® Martial Arts is to develop a strong fluid body and mind both on the mats and in everyday life. At the heart of our curriculum is Tools for Life, our life skill system, as well as Systema, a Russian martial art which focuses on breath, relaxation, and sensitivity. Students learn how to work through their limitations such as tension, anger or fear in order to develop a deep inner strength that carries over into all aspects of their life.
Life Ki-do Martial Arts curriculum is divided into three main areas of training: Ground, Stand-up and Forms. The first two involve working with a partner while the third is individual training. We use the partner work as a medium for the students to practice social skills. They are encouraged to express their needs, be sensitive to the needs of others, and learn to work as a team. The individual training is used to practice both freedom of expression as well as one-pointed focus.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Systema / 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.”
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) / Systema
This part of the program gives students the opportunity to develop their stand-up blocking, punching and kicking skills. Although we incorporate moves, drills and freestyle sparring from a variety of martial arts styles, the focus is on the Systema principles of fluidity and partnering that involves mutual care and respect rather than trying to beat down your partner.
Flow Forms / Traditional Karate
Students first learn to connect a series of individual movements using their breath. They then progress to learning a pre-choreographed set of moves with Life Ki-do flow form combinations and traditional karate katas. This individual practice not only builds tremendous body awareness, coordination, strength and stamina but also develops focus, confidence and determination.