Class Structure


Focus, discipline and confidence, are developed simultaneously within our high-quality martial arts training programs. Students learn to defend themselves by learning one the most effective martial arts in the world, by learning to set verbal boundaries, and by being encouraged to prevent, diffuse, and walk away from conflict as much as possible. Our classes are structured as follows:


Students learn situational awareness, social-emotional skills, and verbal self-defense to prevent fights. And they learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques to safely end them. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself on the world stage as a superior martial art for realistic fight situations. The basic strategy is to respond to a physical attack by taking it to the ground and then controlling the situation with superior technique. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, literally "the gentle art", is unique in that it allows a smaller, weaker person to use leverage, holds, and submissions, to defend themselves against a larger opponent while using a scalable amount of force. Students also practice some strikes (punches and kicks) and strike-defense, but the emphasis is placed on grappling (advanced wrestling).





Mindfulness practices include qigong, breathing exercises, meditation, visualization, intention setting and more. By training their minds in this way, students gain practice calming their own body-mind systems and directing their attention. These are essential skills, especially for people who are learning powerful and potentially dangerous fighting techniques.

Teaching Stories

Teaching Stories use the power of narrative to highlight and elevate pro-social values like honesty, integrity, curiosity, responsibility, respect, discipline and more. Stories include fables, legends, rhyming books, short novels, and more as appropriate for each audience.