Okinwan Karate Club of Ann Arbor
Barbara L. Christensen Sensei has a very diverse martial arts background. She has trained in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Shudokan Karate, but she currently restricts her training and teaching to Shorin Ryu karate, traditional Okinawan Kobudo and Toei Torite Jujitsu. Christensen Sensei's training and rank of Nanadan (7th Dan) comes directly from Shimabukuro Eizo O'Sensei, Judan (10th Dan) of Okinawa, Japan.
As a freshman in college, she enrolled in a self-
defense course. After the course completed,
she began attending Tae Kwon Do classes with
the instructor. After a few years, she migrated
to Shorin Ryu because she liked the completeness of the style. Christensen Sensei was the
first female in her
Christensen Sensei is also one of the founders of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF). The yearly special training that the NWMAF sponsors attracts over 500 female martial artists worldwide. In 2012, Christensen Sensei was honored by Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors for over 40 years of teaching.