Matthew Schafer

About me

Industry Education
Occupation Teaching self-defense, martial arts, defensive tactics, "verbal judo", and various other self-defense related topics.
Location Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Introduction Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet. My name is Matthew Schafer and I am the owner and chief instructor of the "Schafer Self-Defense Academy" in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I decided to start this blog because I wanted to share a little of my self-defense knowledge and perhaps help a few people.

Here I plan to talk about various elements of self-defense and martial arts that I hope you will find both interesting and useful. As far as myself, I began studying the martial arts when I was 6 when a family friend began teaching me traditional Okinawan Karate. From there I went on to study Taekwondo, Kenpo, Jujitsu, Judo, Tai Jitsu, Aikido, Tai Chi, Kung Fu San Soo, and western boxing.

Today I am a 6th degree black belt and master instructor in Kenpo Karate and I teach self-defense classes and seminars throughout the state to private citizens, law enforcement/security personnel, and the military. To view my full profile, and those of my assistant instructors, visit my website at