Thrive has a martial arts program!

As an extension of our existing mindful movement arts (yoga) we also offer a mindful martial arts program for both children and adults. We teach our students how to be soft and flow, as well as how to be hard and assertive; to breathe, to be mindful, and to defend themselves effectively.

Current Classes:

Kids Karate and Martial Arts with Matt Murphy

Every Wednesday! Sign up for a 4 week series for $60 or 12 week course $149. Taught by Matt Judo Murphy, a double black belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with over 20 years of experience, and also a certified yoga instructor. Your kids will learn: 👊🏼Confidence 👊🏼Strength 👊🏼Flexibility 👊🏼Discipline 👊🏼Focus!  Sign up now – Limited spots available!

Self Defense (Adults)

Every Wednesday! Blended martial arts instruction from two instructors, with an emphasis on mindfulness and practical self-defense; blending striking arts and grappling arts together with the calming focus of yoga techniques to prime the body for right thought and right action when it matters most. Particularly suited for women, but open to mindful gentlemen as well.

Taught by Erin Colleen Geraghty and Matt Murphy. Erin is a black belt in Shotokan Karate and teacher of women’s self-defense in Japan, and is also a certified yoga instructor. Limited spots available! Sign up for a 4 week series for $60.


What exactly are we teaching in our martial arts classes?  And why is it unique to Thrive?

We will tell you right up front, this is very different from any other self-defense or martial arts program we’ve personally experienced before introducing it to Thrive.  And it developed organically.

As in our yoga practice, we blend the key ingredients of hardness and softness to complete a practical and empowering whole in our approach.  Tense fighters lose fights, and anxious students forget their lessons.  So our classes are framed with the breath, the postures, and the mindfulness of intention-setting from our yoga practice, which allows for optimal instruction and learning on the part of our students.

Once our students are properly dropped into their body and intentions, we get to the core of our martial arts instruction: a blend of practical striking techniques from kickboxing and Karate blended with grappling techniques from wrestling, Judo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  We tailor the curriculum to feature the most high-percentage proven techniques as seen in sport mixed martial arts competition, and then add whatever is outlawed by that ruleset as appropriate and effective for realistic self-defense.

In other words, we teach practical self-defense from a mixed-martial arts perspective, wrapped in a yoga intro and outro.

Yes, that’s right: we’re essentially teaching MMA in a yoga studio. 

It is not a format that was born fully-formed from our minds, but its organic evoluton has proven to be an empowering and effective way for our students to learn martial arts.  We’re sharing everything we’ve learned in an environment without the common pitfalls of a dojo / gym’s big egos and unsafe training conditions for novices.