Most people take up Karate for self defence purposes. We recognise, and teach, practical self defence from the first lesson. Even people who think they can defend themselves usually cannot! The majority of law abiding citizens would not be able to deal with a potentially violent situation, so what chance would they have against a mugger, a rapist or even a football hooligan? It is difficult to put a time factor on how long proficiency takes as everyone has a different potential to learn. We have found, from past experience, that after six months or so of training, most students are well on the way to achieving a good, sound knowledge of self defence.