3636 Bee Caves Rd. #212
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-2900
1200 Lakeway Dr. #5
Lakeway, TX 78734
(512) 900-1323
3636 Bee Caves Rd. #212
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-2900
1200 Lakeway Dr. #5
Lakeway, TX 78734
(512) 900-1323
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How can I schedule a free trial class?

Just click here! Of course, feel free to call us at 512-327-2900 or email at with any questions.

I’d like to sign up for classes. How do I register?

Great! You can register online and then just come a few minutes early for your first class to get the uniform and parenting book.

What style of martial arts do you teach?

We’ve spent over 24 years developing our own unique blend of martial arts. The foundation of what we teach is Systema, a Russian Martial Art, which is based on breath, fluidity and posture and teaches students how to relax and flow on and off the mats. Using the breath and fluidity of Systema as underlying principles, our Life Ki-do program blends Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Tai Chi, Qigong and Self-defense.

My child has already done tae kwon do (or some other kind of martial arts) before. How does this compare?

We feel there are 3 major differences.

  • What makes Life Ki-do so different is our approach. We strongly believe in inner motivation rather than looking to others for approval. This builds a true and lasting inner self-confidence you can trust and count on no matter where you are or what others think of you.
  • Secondly, many types of martial arts can create rigidity, tension and unhealthy wear and tear on the body and we’ve found that our fluid approach is not only much healthier for the body but it helps students learn how they can deal with challenges with a calm and peaceful mind.
  • Finally, we have created a culture of teamwork, cooperation and friendship where everyone is encouraged to support each other to be one’s personal best instead of fixating on competition and unhealthy comparisons to others.

Can my child wear their old belt from another martial arts school?

Yes, we always like to honor what the child has already achieved and if they would prefer they are welcome to start Life Ki-do wearing the belt they earned at their previous school. Then when the time is right, they can test for the belt most appropriate in our system. However, it’s not uncommon, for students from other schools to feel more comfortable starting at a white belt in Life Ki-do since it’s a new system for them. Either way, we’ll honor what your child feels is best for them.

I want my child to take martial arts because he/she is lacking focus, self-confidence and/or self-control? Will Life Ki-do help with that?

Absolutely. We specialize in social/emotional learning and life education. In fact, Life Ki-do is very often recommended by occupational therapists, pediatricians, teachers and most of all by other parents who have seen major transformations in their own children. But don’t just take it from us! Take a moment to read through our testimonials to get valuable insight into our program directly from parents and educators.

Is this just for boys?

Not at all! We have many female students ranging from age 3 all the way through adult and we have many incredible female student role models on our Leadership Team.

When does your next session start?

We offer classes year round at our Westlake and Lakeway locations and don’t operate on a semester/session system. Your child can join at any time during the year. (Our Life Ki-do South satellite program operates during the school year only.)

My child has never done this before, won’t my child be behind?

We have new students of all ages entering classes at all times throughout the year and because of our nurturing, non-competitive environment, new students quickly feel part of the community. In fact, we often hear new students say that they were nervous before starting but that the kindness of the Life Ki-do instructors and students quickly made them feel at home.

What if my child can’t make it to class? Do you allow make-ups?

Yes, we do! You are always welcome to do a make-up in another class that is age and skill level appropriate. During the school year, we just ask that you schedule it in advance because we closely monitor our student/teacher ratios. During the summer months when families are traveling more, we offer a flexible schedule that allows you to switch classes as often as you’d like without scheduling in advance.

Do you require long-term contracts?

No, we don’t. You can cancel at any time, for any reason with 30 days notice.

Are there any hidden fees?

Nope. Your child will receive the full uniform with the registration fee which is everything they’ll need to start. All of our belt test fees and new belts are included in your monthly tuition. In the Samurai classes for 2nd grade and above, once your child reaches yellow stripe belt level, sparring will become an option. In which case, we require sparring gear which is available for purchase at the dojo. We do offer in-house tournaments but they are always optional and there is never a requirement or expectation to participate.

What is your student/teacher ratio?

We maintain a 5 to 1 student/teacher ratio for our Little Dragons classes for Pre-K 4 & 5 year olds and an 8 to 1 student/teacher ratio for all other classes.

Does your program focus on competitions/tournaments?

We consistently encourage our students to disengage from unhealthy and damaging comparisons to others and rather to see others as an inspiration to be their personal best. While we do offer in-house tournaments and we use the belt system, we always encourage and invite self-reflection and self-awareness empowering our students with the ability to love and accept who they are and to do their best because it feels so good for them. We are training children for life not for tournaments.

Do you offer sibling/family discounts?

Yes we do. Any family member of a current student will receive 25% off the registration fee. For the monthly tuition, we offer a 10% discount for the 2nd family member, 15% for the 3rd member and 20% off for the 4th.

When does my child advance to the next level class?

In general we invite kids to move up in Spring as follows:

Kids entering kinder next fall – invited to move up to Power Ninjas class

Kids entering 2nd grade next fall – invited to move up to Samurai class

Kids entering 6th grade next fall – invited to move up to the Teen/Adult class

Our invitations go out in April and while kids are invited to move anytime starting May 1st, some choose to delay moving up until summer or fall and that is OK too.  It is best, however, to let us know prior to August 1st which class you want for the fall as many of our classes fill up later in August.