What We Teach

The self-defense curriculum of the Independent Karate School is drawn from the martial arts of kenpo and jyu-jitsu.


The style of karate taught at the IKS is known as kenpo ("fist law" in Japanese). It is characterized by a focus on highly practical self-defense. While it shares many basic elements with other modern forms of karate, kenpo has absorbed techniques and influences from a number of other martial arts, including jyu-jitsu.


Jyu-jitsu ("the gentle art" in Japanese) is one of the traditional warrior arts of Japan. In jyu-jitsu, practitioners defend themselves by exploiting the attacker's own strength and momentum, using techniques that incorporate a sophisticated knowledge of physics and anatomy. The style of jyu-jitsu taught at the IKS is known as Enshudo.

Our Approach

The Independent Karate School uses the conventional system of colored belts to divide our extensive curriculum into manageable steps.

The curriculum for each rank includes specific self-defense techniques as well as required forms. Students learn methods of escape from particular grabs or holds (such as a choke hold or headlock), as well as learning a variety of approaches to successful defense against a punch.

As they master new material and improve in their overall level of execution, students progress through the ranks from white belt (beginners) to third-degree brown belt (students preparing for the black belt test).