Martial Arts Curriculum
We’ve spent over 23 years developing our own unique blend of martial arts in Austin. The foundation of what we teach is Systema, a Russian Martial Art, 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 our Tools for Life concepts: focus and mindfulness, confidence and positive sense of self, resilience, and social skills, such as empathy and communication.
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.”
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.
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 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.
“I have lived all over the US and overseas and I have never found a more unique mix of focused instruction and techniques combined with appreciation for internal awareness and encouraged honest communication. What a dynamic blend! There is an openness and enthusiasm the Senseis, instructors, and other students have and it is infectious. No matter how I feel when I walk into the dojo, I always leave feeling more grounded, strong, and energized. I am impressed with the sense of community, spirit and energy that is present at Life Kido. It is a rare treasure and I am grateful that both my kids and I can practice and participate in this community.”
– Krista (parent of two students and also a student herself!)
To read what other parents have said about our program check out our testimonials!