Upcoming Advanced Self Defense: Ground Fighting & Multiple Attackers

On Saturday, April 26, from 3:30 – 6:30pm, we will be holding an advanced self defense workshop for all genders 15 and up.

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Sun Dragon’s basic 3-hour workshop or other permission from the instructor (email carmel@sundragon.org)

Description: This workshop builds on the material learned in the three-hour basic workshop to focus specifically on fighting from the ground and dealing with more than one attacker. Participants will practice falling safely if pushed, fending off attackers after being pushed down, responding if attacked while sleeping, fending off & escaping from multiple attackers. Cost is $35 for one person, $50 for two, $75 for three, or $25 for current Sun Dragon students. Click here to register.

Email info@sundragon.org or call 512-416-9735 for more information.

Upcoming Basic Self Defense: Self Defense when Traveling

On Sunday, April 27, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, we will be holding an basic self defense workshop for all genders 15 and up. Highly recommended for anyone who will be traveling this summer or studying abroad.

Description: This workshop will take our basic skills curriculum and apply it specifically to situations you might encounter when traveling. We will learn skills for analyzing situations to assess possible risk, using voice and body to assert our needs, escaping from grabs and holds, and fighting back to disable an attacker when necessary. We will practice travel scenarios such as being on public transportation, staying in hotels/hostels, and interacting when there are language barriers. Click here to register.

Cost is $35 for one person, $50 for two, $75 for three, or $25 for current Sun Dragon students.  Email info@sundragon.org or call 512-416-9735 for more information.


One of our self defense students recently had the unfortunate opportunity to put some of her training into use during a violent incident. Here’s what she had to say about what she learned from Sun Dragon:

“I took the training at Sun Dragon probably 15+ years ago. It left an impression on me that should I end up in a violent situation I would be able to defend myself. Unfortunately, as a social worker, I did end up being attacked by a client. The principles I fell back on were the ones that I learned in this training. First trying to give a verbal command “get off of me” as the assault began. As the assault progressed I was able to not freeze (which is critical) but to defend myself until I could get help through a panic button in my office. I’m quite certain that through learning self defense I was able to save my life and the life of my unborn child (as I was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of the assault). I want everyone I know to have this knowledge and training so that should they end up in a similar situation they also have the tools to respond.”

We are immensely gratified that we were able to impart knowledge to this woman that enabled her to safely protect herself and her unborn child until she was able to get help. This is exactly what self defense training is all about, and as has been illustrated by this story, these skills are useful for life.

If you are interested in taking a self defense course from Sun Dragon, visit our self defense page for information about upcoming workshops and arranging private workshops.

New Member Special

Contact us to schedule your first class.

Ready to try something new? Seido karate at Sun Dragon will strengthen, empower, and challenge you! Our New Member Special includes:

  • Two months of unlimited training
  • A uniform and patches
  • 1 year membership in the World Seido Organization

That’s everything you need to start on your way to black belt. As a non-profit, we’ll never ask you to sign a contract, and we offer scholarship and work-study opportunities. We never turn anyone away for inability to pay. Check out our schedule and rates to see what classes will fit your life, then contact us to schedule your first class. We look forward to welcoming you to Sun Dragon!


Things That Happen to all Sun Dragons

Our own Summer Cacciotti penned a humorous and factual list of things that eventually happen to all Sun Dragons. Enjoy!

Things that eventually happen to all Sun Dragons

On a long enough time line, everyone will eventually:

1. Learn to bow, and bow, and bow. Then bow some more.
2. Shamelessly copy a more senior student’s movements.
3. Cringe when someone walks on the training floor in shoes.
4. Do something you never thought you could do.
5. Do something you never imagined you would want to do.
6. Be corrected on a point of etiquette you were unaware of.
7. Enjoy a sparkling clean dojo after a big soji day.
8. Forget your water bottle at the dojo.
9. Feel happier about a water break than you would a happy hour.
10. Tangle up your arms while blocking.
(Read on …)