Many martial arts schools make a big deal about offering “self defense courses” but our karate school has no need of that. Shorin-ryu Karate is the original form of Karate and was developed by the Pechin (warrior scholars) of the Ryukyu Kingdom specifically to be a system of self defense. Self defense is at the core of what we teach and practice. Our students and instructors talk about and practice (both empty hand and weapons) self defense in each and every class. Our students don’t pay special fees for extra courses because we teach it to all students in every class. Karate is self defense. Self defense is Karate.