Sensei Esther Kurtz


About me

Sensei Esther Kurtz

Sensei Esther Kurtz

20 years of martial arts training. Originator and instructor of the free monthly self defense classes.


“Educate yourself. Arm yourself. Don’t be a victim, be the OPPONENT they never saw coming.”

Esther Kurtz began her martial arts training in 1999 with Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in St. Helena, California and has been a student of Shoshin Ryu North Carolina since January 2011.

She established and instructs the free monthly self-defense class, which began in February of 2019. Esther believes that the ability to defend oneself is an essential life skill, and one that translates beyond physical safety.