-karate self defence-

Do you ask yourself,

if and how your basic karate-training can help you outside your dojo in

real life self defence situations

with totally different dynamics and settings?

Do you want to deepen your karate practice from a hobby to a true way of life?


-> Then this is for you!


Karate Self Defence offers many possibilities, to apply traditional karate-do for todays needs.

What you will discover here is far away from ´fantasy scenarios´, that we often see on YouTube or anywhere else. The goal of Karate Self Defence is to complete your training of junbi undo, kihon, kata, kumite and some kihon bunkai but also the many aspects of mindfulness with the necessary ingredients, to make your effords applicable and stressproof in unpredictable conflict situations. Expect down-to-earth physical and mental techniques that build up on regular basic karate training and much more skills and knowledge, that will help you.

Nevertheless avoiding violence and de-escalating conflicts always have first priority!

The guarantee, mentioned in the video, is expanded up to 60 days!

What you will learn and train in karate self defence:

  • a traditional and solid karate-curriculum & how to apply it for your body type.
  • how to raise your situational awareness and mindfulness throughout the day.
  • to improve your resilience in mental and physical stress.
  • to effectively apply goju ryu movement patterns, when the situation becomes unpredictable and dangerous!
  • to use verbal skills and de-escalation tactics.
  • to bring your body into an optimal, healthy and ´ready´ condition.
  • to raise your self confidence in conflict situations.
  • to gain inner peace and freedom while becoming a grounded and in every way strong person.

Newbies get the possibility to learn everything from the beginning (if you are completely new to karate at all, I´ll give you some extra support on Zoom), seasoned karateka can jump right into the advanced chapters.

So far many dedicated karateka from all over the world are participating in karate self defence: Iceland, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Germany… I am so thankful for your trust and for supporting me to spread it! You find some of the testimonials below.

Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Dear visitor,

thank you so much for your interest in this page! Before I tell you something about the content of this video-library and the modalities, let me please introduce myself. My name is Thomas Meißner. I live with my family next to the beautiful university-city Göttingen in Germany. Since my early years as a teenager I am involved in martial arts and meditation. At first I started my karate-training in the shotokan-style, later (for over 20 years now) I have been training Okinawa Goju-Ryu in the IOGKF Comparing both, Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do is more a close-distance-style with some grappling-elements and close combat training drills.

Since 2006 I run a dojo after my former sensei had to stop his training caused by health issues. Since that time I ask myself, if my students would be able to deal with violent assaults, verbally and physically. Students of martial arts should be able to defend themselves and their loved ones, I am absolutely convinced. This became my biggest concern, bigger than grading, competing or anything else. After many, many gasshukus, a lot of teachings from amazing karate-instructors, participating in seminars of other fighting-styles and finally after studying video-materials from security cams and mobiles with real violent content for hours and hours, I came to a point, where the traditional karate-syllabus makes perfect sense for todays demands when it comes to street defence. I don´t want to puff my chest and play the selfdefence-expert in this case. I think situations of violent assault are unpredictable and mostly different. There are no 100% experts in this field, there is no „one-size-fits-all“, just different ways of training. I want to offer my insights in terms of karate & self defence and maybe I can help you to…

  • find a holistic and fascinating way to become an internal and external modern times warrior,
  • find blind spots in your training, which you can start working on
  • find ways to stay brave and keep your peaceful warrior consciousness throughout the day
  • learn effective selfdefence-techniques directly from a very smart and ages proven karate-syllabus that originates on Okinawa, where karate-do has it´s roots before it became a sport.
  • train stress-drills to make your training and real-world-preparation as realistic as possible.


We know, that learning too many techniques can lead to problems, when it comes to applying them outside the dojo. From this perspective, it makes absolute sense, to start working with junbi undo and one single kata, until it becomes ones ´second nature´, as many senior instructors of the IOGKF are repeatedly teaching. In this program, you will start with the kata “Gekisai Dai Ich”, as it was tought from Chojun Miyagi Sensei to An Ichi Miyagi Sensei and from him to Morio Higaonna Sensei. For this kata, you can expect techniques for the whole range of possible attacks outside the dojo. Gekisai Dai Ni Kata is also included and the other katas will follow step by step with regular updates. You can also expect a whole training plan, that shows you, how to integrate all the training aspects into your week and a whole module of videos and worksheets, that teach you the training and preparation of your mind. Another important aspect is the verbal part, from verbal skills to de-escalation. In this field you will also progress. With karate self defence you can expect a holistic system.

Around 15 years ago, Morio Higaonna Sensei (10th Dan, Hanshi), founder and former chief instructor of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF) emphasized, that there are three important aspects in selfdefence: Spirit, Technique, Conditioning.

Module 1: Spirit

Module 2: Technique

Module 3: Conditioning

Additional free modules (you get when you enroll the course):

*Bonus* Module 4: De-Escalation & Verbal Skills

*Bonus* Module 5: Martial Arts Nutrition Hacks

*Bonus* Module 6: Anatomy for Karate

We can work on those three aspects isolated, but in fact, real karate occurs, where these three areas are overlapping. This is a central part of the whole video-library. You can expect to get detailed, in depth instructions for these three interconnected parts. During my work as a highschool-teacher I finished an education to become a mediator, so I am officially acknowledged to work in the field of conflict management. This also finds it´s place in this video-library as other content I learned in seminars (concerning family-/child-security and so on) will follow later on. I hope, until now you got a glimpse that this program is made to help and support honourable people. It´s nothing for hooligans, streetfighters, haters, extremists (exception: karate-extremists), bullies, sexists and racists. Karate self defence is hate-free.

“Is it something for me?”

Karate self defence is optimal for you, if you are

  • looking for a self defence system, that goes deeper than learning techniques and ´remembering them in violent conflicts´.
  • looking for a martial art, that is effective in it´s curriculum and application, that gives you a justified sense of security and freedom from fear and will strengthen your mindfulness!
  • already practicing a martial art or training a selfdefence-system, even then you can benefit from this program!

Do you want to know more about my perspective on karate in it´s original purpose? Then have a look at my blog! Just click here.

If you take out this subscription, you can visit the video-library, download the training plans and jump right into your training! You have a 60-days-money-back guarantee. After these you are subscribed for at least one year with monthly payments of € 6,99 / roughly $7,50 (equals one big Starbucks coffee a month!). The video-library is growing continiously, expect regular uploads.

If you are like me, you will probably think “Oh no, not another membership fee!”.  But I can tell you, that I worked it out with a lot of dedication and testing and also got a lot of very positive feedback! Within these 60 days you can form your own opinion and decide, if you want to stick with this very affordable offer or if you want to stay on your old track.

Thank you for your time and attention, I hope to see you in the members-area! If you have any questions, please write an email to info(at)karate-selfdefence.com.

Arigato gozaimashita!

Very respectfully,
Thomas Meißner



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Download your worksheets and training plans as pdf. Use over 120 instructional videos, that definitely will be a good investment of time!
What can you expect if you enroll for this course? Let’s have a closer look at some screen shots.
All together you‘ll find over 150 instructional videos by now, the library is constantly growing!
It moves forward to the next kata, but also in the current chapters there are new videos added or even whole new modules created.
For your individual planning and tracking you can download the training plans and protocols as pdf. 🥋

To see, how the course is structured, have a look at the menu screenshot.:

A lot of positive feedback was given for this course, let´s have a look…

…what others say about this video library:

Thomas’s instruction is great. There is a lot to learn and plenty to think about. ‘Mind Body Spirit’ - so the ‘thinking’ part is equally important - perhaps more so than the physical training. And Thomas’s teaching is very thought provoking. Just what I need to augment my dojo training. Thank you Thomas!
David Jagger
Karate practicioner (IOGKF), Canada
Dear Thomas, I have been following your online course strictly since one month now and it somehow became a second home for me. In my opinion you are doing a great job especially in terms of awakening the right spirit, states of mind and motivation. I am putting the chapters into my daily schedule and work on them during the day.
Justus Jonas
karate practicioner shotokan, Germany
Thomas' online training is not only during quarantine time relevant, also anytime. The videos contain decades of martial arts, energy art and meditation practice and teaching. I experienced first hand Thomas' great teaching skill many years ago, And it does show in the video training. In short, you'll get: Clear and thourough theoritical background Well designed training classes It's not only about having a fit body and knowing nice technics, Thomas' training helps to develop a strong mind as well. he puts emphasis on how one can deal with real life situations. And that's so so valuable.
Tiana Tefy
karate practicioner, teacher for qigong & meditation, France
The video-course is a game changer in my perspective on the whole karate system and how it is built to enable students to personal growth and self defence. I am looking forward to the upcoming materials.
Christian Malle
karate practicioner (IOGKF), Germany

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