Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP

Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP


Two pairs of pants that need a new home. Will fit a small human roughy 5-7 years old.
Happy to wash/bleach and then set on our porch in a plastic bag!
Energy Balance & Collective Compassion Meditation
Tonight 1/14/20 6:30-7:30
Lightworks by Leslie 2605 Jones Rd. 78745 Ste.102
Hi All- Bailey is trying to practice her Katas while we are in Mexico. Can anyone answer a Seido 3 question for us? After the roundhouse kick, is there a block and punch or just a block? (feel free to post a video or DM me if you are able to demonstrate 🙂)
Our annual trip to Honbu for classes!!! Highly recommend for all students of Seido!
Just a heads up to everyone since I know many of us run around outside without shoes sometimes:

We parked next to the dumpster Saturday and I accidentally stepped on a used fentanyl syringe. Luckily I was wearing shoes and it appeared to be the type of syringe with the retracting needle, but please be careful!!!
Help me remember: does the 15 class challenge start today? Is it through January 15th?
“Fred” found my robe belt this morning. He took it to Nina and asked her to tie his karate belt. 😉 She told him to sit seiza.
Osu and LOL - that picture of y'all in shiko dachi - I didn't see that the bags are tethered... I thought that maybe the bags were swinging and you had to step through in shiko dachi before the bag catches you... That would make a good drill, right? Hee hee hee...
At The youth black belt test 1 hour into a 4 hour test. Been watching these 11&12 year olds for 4 years and am so proud of all their dedication and determination. 3 girls 1 boy. Makes me hopeful for our future. They are also done if my boys role models and fav people.
Thinking I might dip my toe back in and just do very low side kicks. *sigh* I miss training with all of you. Who is teaching Monday evenings these days?
Hello everyone, I ask this every couple of years, so I'm asking again in hopes things have changed. Does anyone know of a good dojo in the St Louis area? I wish I could go to Chicago and train at Thousand Waves but it is just too far to travel.
Are you missing a coat? A black quilted REI jacket, size extra-small was left at our house after the black belt party Saturday evening. I will bring it by the dojo as soon as possible, but this week is pretty hectic. If you need it right away please contact me and we'll arrange a handoff!

Nonprofit Seido Karate and empowerment-based self defense in Austin, Texas.

Operating as usual

Photos from Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP's post 11/13/2022

Congratulations to the youth and adults who promoted as well! Everyone should be proud of themselves - we certainly are!


Biggest Youth promotion in years is underway! So proud of all of them.


Congratulations to the juniors who promoted today!


Osu Sun Dragons!

Do not come to the dojo tonight. Our entire area is in a Flash Flood Warning until 7:15 tonight. As is our policy, there will be no classes in the dojo because of the warning. Since I'm already here at the dojo, I'll run Zoom classes for both the Youth 5 o'clock class and the adult classes that start at 6:30. I've already lost power here once, so just be aware that's a possibility and if you show up in Zoom and there's no feed, it's probably because the power is out.

Thank you and stay safe!

Sensei Graham

Photos from Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP's post 04/24/2022

Thank you, Sunset Valley Elementary for having us at your carnival! We had so much fun!


Sun Dragon will be closed for the Winter Break Wednesday, December 22nd through Sunday, January 2nd. Classes resume Monday, January 3rd.

Stay safe over the holiday and we'll see you in 2022!


Gassho - appreciation.

Thank you to the students and families who have stuck with us throughout the pandemic.
Thank you to the people who found us during this long, difficult time.
Thank you to the new graduates who visit for a class here and there when they are in town.

We are incredibly grateful to all of you. Without our community we are nothing.

Donate to Kickathon 2021 10/31/2021

Donate to Kickathon 2021

We are in the home stretch! Kickathon is Sun Dragon’s largest fundraiser of the year, and it enables us to make Seido Karate and Empowerment Self Defense available to everyone who wants to learn, regardless of finances.

Can you help us help others?

Donate to Kickathon 2021 Join me in giving to Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense, NFP's campaign Kickathon 2021


Mark your calendar for the 15th Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival on November 21st (Sun)! We will invite a Japanese, professional Taiko drumming, Shamisen, Shinobue (bamboo flute) ensemble to the festival this year.
This cultural festival will be held outdoor in a small park and grass areas at Concordia University Texas surrounded by many trees and flowers in natural habitat.

Free, Open to the Public, and Family Friendly! See you all of you soon!


It’s always a good idea to practice boundary setting!

Interoception: how to improve your "gut feeling" 08/20/2021

Interoception: how to improve your "gut feeling"

In Empowerment Self Defense (ESD), we often talk about the importance of following our intuition. Another way of saying this is to listen to our gut. Interoception is literally doing just that. Our visceral tissues send signals to our brain. We feel our heartbeat, or our stomach grumble. Why is it important? As David Emerson writes in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga In Therapy, “interoceptive awareness has a purpose, namely, to get us to act.” When we are aware that our stomach is grumbling, for example, we seek out food. If we notice our heart beating faster, we might understand that we are nervous about an upcoming promotion and take a few deep breaths to calm ourselves.

ESD recognizes that we are wired with survival skills. Our body knows things well before our conscious mind does. Most of these signals are subconscious. But for those we are aware of — such as an increased heart rate or a tingling feeling in our hands and feet — attention to them makes us better able to protect ourselves. Our visceral body is alerting us to possible danger and preparing us to fight or take flight. Something in the air has changed. We might look around our space and see that someone else has walked into the room. The next step is deciding what to do with that information. What action should we take? When we see it is our friend, we might then be reassured that all is well. On the contrary, we might notice that there is something “off” about our friend. At that point, we might decide to leave the room or talk to them to gather more information before we do more. Paying attention to these signals, and practicing ways to respond, whether it be verbally setting a boundary, taking a break to calm down before continuing a challenging conversation, deciding to leave a situation or defending ourselves physically, are all skills an ESD class can help us with.

Interoception: how to improve your "gut feeling" When we rely on the conscious mind alone, we lose; but when we listen to the body, we gain a winning edge.


It was wonderful to see everyone in class today! We are grateful to have our students who continue to push us to be better every day.

You have kept us going over the past 16 months. Thank you. 🙏🏼


Sun Dragon is now one of a growing number of businesses in Austin designated as an Austin Police Department Safe Place. Targets of hate crimes or hate incidents can take shelter at the dojo or come to us for help deciding what to do next which may or may not include filing a police report. Austin is the only city with this police program in Texas.

Read more about the program here:


Dear Sun Dragon Parents and Students,

Because it looks like an 80-90% chance of rain tomorrow, on top of saturating rains today, we'll be moving tomorrow's promotions into the virtual world. They'll be in the usual Zoom space, so sign in the way you normally do. It's a bit disappointing, but I think it's the right choice. Students who have been planning to promote on Tuesday--keep to that plan unless you'd like to switch to tomorrow. If you do want to switch, just let me know, you can reply to this email.

So, here's the schedule:

10:00--Juniors Promotion and Graduation
11:00--Youth and Adult Zoom Class
Noon--Youth Promotions
1:30--Adult Promotions

Please keep in mind that the 11:00 Zoom class may be finishing up when you try to sign in for the noon promotion, so just be patient if we don't let you out of the waiting room right away. The plan stays the same--please join the promotions to support your friends and also get a workout of your own. These are smaller promotion groups so we'll run them more like a regular class. Parents and families are welcome to watch the promotions, just do so in a way that won't distract your student too much!
Let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you in the Zoom tomorrow.

Sensei Graham


Of the eight lives taken last night in Atlanta-area spas, six have been identified as Asian women. We know AAPI women are routinely impacted by fetishization, racialized & s*xualized violence, and misogyny.

The current rise in anti-Asian racism has intensified challenges for vulnerable AAPI community members including -- but certainly not limited to -- survivors of domestic violence & s*xual assault, women, s*x workers, seniors, low-income workers, and undocumented immigrants.

Our communities were already hurting; after last night's attack, the grief, anger, and fear may be too much to bear alone. AFSSA is here for you. Please, if you are a survivor or just need support, feel free to call our 24-hour hotline: 877-281-8371. Our services are free, confidential, and available in any language you need.


Thank you to those who joined us for Kagami Biraki this morning! It was so good to see everyone from near and far.

2021 is looking up already.


From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

2020 has been hard for everyone. For non-profit organizations like Sun Dragon, the pandemic has forced us to change how we reach our students. Shutting down in-person classes in March meant finding another way to teach. Most of our students were able to go with us when we shifted to virtual training. Even our Violence Prevention program found a way to go online. It’s not ideal, but keeping our teachers and students safe has been our first priority.

We all have things we miss. For me it’s hugs. The time you have all spent talking after class or joining us for our online social hours has acted like long distance hugs, reinforcing the love we have for each other and this (currently virtual) space we have built.

Sun Dragon has been enormously lucky to have donors who allowed us to keep working to find new ways to do what we have always done -- help people learn how to help themselves. With higher unemployment hitting our families, we were able to reduce tuition for those who need it. Everyone deserves a chance to train, and a pandemic shouldn’t change that.

While 2020 will not be a year forgotten easily, it is a source of personal pride that we have been able to stay together and work toward the time when we be together again in person – stronger for the many months spent apart.

Thank you for your belief in Sun Dragon. We cannot do it without you.

Laura Hayden
Executive Director


We will be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd returning to our schedule on January 4th. Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and stay safe! OSU!


Ha! We see our family over at Seido Boston has had some unique Zoom dojo experiences. We'll be sure to post some of our own! Happy Training. OSU!

Photos from Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP's post 12/03/2020

A huge and happiest birthday to Sensei Katherine J Scheib! Sensei KJ is on our leadership team as our Senior Instructor. She's been training with us since 1999, and teaching us since 2001. Her exuberant energy and sense of fine-tuned humor lift her classes with maniacal laughter (while we all drop for push-ups). She also project-manages our Soji Day events, proctors promotion exams, guides and teaches our junior instructors, and will never miss a wily thumb or inefficient technique.

Sensei KJ is also the source of several dojo traditions - including our own special variety of birthday push-ups and sit-ups, science-fiction and music inspired catch-phrases, using karate techniques to destroy melons at pot lucks, and incorporating sound effects to demonstrate strike patterns.

Yes, it's marvelous.

Osu, Sensei KJ! Happy Birthday!

P.S. Everything is awesome when you're part of a team. Never give up, never surrender. Osu!


Sun Dragon will be CLOSED Thursday - Sunday, and return to our normally scheduled programming on Monday. Stay safe!

As A Native American, Here's What I Want My Fellow Americans To Know About Thanksgiving 11/23/2020

As A Native American, Here's What I Want My Fellow Americans To Know About Thanksgiving

(This article was published in a previous year, but its message stands true today).

Native Americans don’t just live on reservations, we live in cities, and we live internationally. I grew up in the Silicon Valley of California. I was born in the city and have lived here my whole life, as an “Urban Native.” My grandfather moved to California from Mohawk territory in the 1950s after he served in Korea, and we have all lived in Sunnyvale ever since.

The challenges I grew up around were different from my Oyaté (family) out on the reservations. It is easier to lose our sense of culture living among so many established settler communities. If I didn’t find my community, my Native family or my traditional support, I’d get swallowed up by colonialism."

As A Native American, Here's What I Want My Fellow Americans To Know About Thanksgiving Take time during dinner to recognize whose traditional lands you give thanks on.

Photos from Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP's post 11/22/2020

Congratulations to last week’s promoters! We had our first large group promotions in quite some time, and they were a resounding success.

It’s worth mentioning what an extra challenge it is to learn three dimensional material in a two dimensional format. Karate was already hard, and our students just keep impressing us with how well they are doing.

Thank you to all the classmates and family members who logged in to cheer our students on. Osu!!

Transgender Day of Remembrance 11/20/2020

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

This day was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

To read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance, follow the link below.

Rest in Power.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can show support for the com...

Photos from Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP's post 11/19/2020

We'd love to wish a VERY happy birthday to our very own Senpai Kitty McHone! Kitty has been a member of our community since 2012, when her youngster joined our Little Dragons. Kitty joined the adult program in 2013, and earned her Shodan rank in 2018. She's been teaching with us ever since! Both Senpai Kitty and her teenager now train as black belts in the adult program together.


We knocked Kickathon out of the park this year! Thank you so much to our fundraisers, coordinators, donors, and for our sponsorship-level donations. You have secured *many* scholarships and low-to-no cost workshops to spread our education and training through next year. Osu!

National Native American Heritage Month 11/12/2020

National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage month! Click the link below to read up on the origin of why we observe this holiday, how to support indigenous groups in your area, and cultural histories of our land's original inhabitants.

"America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. History, heritage, or culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are part of every national park and communities across the country today. Every November during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share history and the continuing culture of America's indigenous peoples."

National Native American Heritage Month Paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Peak Anxiety? Here Are 10 Ways to Calm Down 11/06/2020

Peak Anxiety? Here Are 10 Ways to Calm Down

If the one-two punch of pandemic stress and election stress feels like more than you can handle, try these tips to help you cope.

Peak Anxiety? Here Are 10 Ways to Calm Down If the one-two punch of pandemic stress and election stress feels like more than you can handle, try these tips to help you cope.

How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism 11/05/2020

How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism

"“We like to think that we live in a world where people will jump in,” Dr. Vance said in an email, but “the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in need or distress.”

“This happens because being part of a large crowd makes it so no single person has to take responsibility for an action,” he added.

This diffusion of responsibility can make well-intentioned people complicit in whatever acts of violence or discrimination they silently witness.

To avoid that silent complicity, people can learn to become active bystanders: individuals who work to create cultures that actively reject harmful or discriminatory behavior through targeted interventions."

How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism A few small actions can go a long way.


Howdy, friends! We're over half way through our fundraising goal for 2020!

Our Annual Kickathon Fundraiser collects funds for our scholarship and outreach programs, so anyone can learn martial arts or self defense, regardless of their financial circumstances. We are a feminist and queer-run safe space that prides itself in teaching our community love, respect, courage, responsibility, and strong spirit (resilience).

Links for more information and our event donation page are in the comments. Thanks to everyone who has fundraised and donated so far!

Photos from Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense, NFP's post 10/20/2020

A VERY happy birthday to our Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Coty! Coty has been a member of the Sun Dragon community for many years. Coty...

-Teaches our violence prevention workshops
-Manages our violence prevention program schedule
-Sources and generates new ideas for violence prevention workshops and education
-Networks to expand our services to other demographics and corners of our community
-Teaches our yoga students
-Has served on our Board of Directors and now consults with them as a staff member
-Is raising two awesome teenagers, and supported them through earning their Seido black belts (and beyond!) while volunteering with the dojo
-Somehow also finds time to train in karate herself!

When you next see Coty, give her a warm thank you for her hard work, and wish her a Happy Birthday! Thank you for everything you do, Coty!

Cultural Appropriation, A Perennial Issue On Halloween 10/15/2020

Cultural Appropriation, A Perennial Issue On Halloween

This 2019 article is an excellent reminder to avoid culturally appropriative Halloween costumes. We want to respect other cultures - not make a mockery of them, or allow nonmembers of those cultures to profit from their arts and history. Have a read!

Cultural Appropriation, A Perennial Issue On Halloween Halloween is filled with tricks and treats, but it's also filled with land mines of cultural appropriation and racist tropes. When does holiday fun turn into an offense for someone else?


Well done, Sun Dragons! With several weeks to go, we're already almost 40% to go

21 things you can do to be more respectful of Native American cultures 10/13/2020

21 things you can do to be more respectful of Native American cultures

This 2017 list is just as relevant in 2020.

21 things you can do to be more respectful of Native American cultures Today is Indigenous Peoples Day. A colleague asked me to write and encourage people to not use sayings that reference Native American culture (“let’s have a pow wow”) or allude to Native Americans …

Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020 10/12/2020

Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020

"To date, 14 states— Alabama, Alaska, Hawai'i, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin—and the District of Columbia, more than 130 cities, and growing numbers of school districts celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of or in addition to Columbus Day. And many people reach out to the National Museum of the American Indian to ask about appropriate ways to honor the Native peoples of the Americas. Here are my top five suggestions for engaging with the spirit of Indigenous Peoples’ Day during this unusual year."

Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020 On Monday, October 12, 14 states and the District of Columbia, more than 130 cities, and growing numbers of schools will observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day. If you and the young people in your life are looking for ways to honor and celebrate Native America at home, the teacher services coordinator at...

Kickathon 2020 09/29/2020

Kickathon 2020

It's KICKATHON Season!

Kickathon is our annual fundraiser, where we acquire donations towards our Community Outreach and Scholarship programs for the following year. This ensures that everyone in our Austin community has access to martial arts training and violence prevention education, regardless of their financial circumstances. It's a huge part of our mission, and it's our most important event of the year. After fundraising for the next few weeks, we will have a celebratory all-ages event in our Zoom dojo on November 7th at 10:00 AM.

The pandemic has hit small nonprofits and membership-driven businesses like ours pretty hard, so we need all the help we can get. If you're a student, there are communications about how to participate in your inbox and in our discussion forum. If you aren't a student but want to contribute, follow this link to donate to our event, or send us a message about ways you can contribute.

Want to learn more? There is an informational link in the comments.

Happy Kicking!

Kickathon 2020 Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense is a nonprofit karate and self defense school with a focus on social justice, personal empowerment and peacemaking. Our self defense program is built on teaching concrete skills that will enable students to make themselves, their families and their communitie...

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