Life-Changing Okinawan Martial Arts

1700 Missouri St, Houston, TX 77006
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When thinking through the best options for karate classes and self-defense training, come to the okinawa karate center. With more than 40 years of experience, we offer a truly unique and rare style of okinawan goju-ryu taught outside of the birth placeof all karate based style.

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Seeing the excited look in your child's eyes when they try on their uniform for their prospective Karate classes, it's hard to think through all the pros and cons on martial arts training. Okinawa Karate Center in Houston, Texas, is a non-commercial school, which means we don't rely on the income from teaching to support our work. We never place the dollar value above what you will learn, and we're not about to change that. Contact us at (844) 921-4917 in Houston, TX, to learn more about our options for Okinawan martial arts, karate instruction, and weapons classes.


No matter what kind of martial arts style you are interested in, many of them share the health benefits you find in commonly played sports. At Okinawa Karate Center in Houston, Texas, we know that the benefits of martial arts should reach beyond the physical and improve you psychologically and spiritually. These are foundational to disciplines such as yoga and taiji, and wonderfully complement a holistic approach to life.

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  • In May, 2014, I had the opportunity to train with Shihan Rusty McMains for several sessions. I ha...

    In May, 2014, I had the opportunity to train with Shihan Rusty McMains for several sessions. I had heard a lot about Shihan and had high expectations. He delivered much beyond my expectations, which words cannot adequately describe.

    I have been a Police Officer with the Niagara Regional Police for 24 years, and have consistently trained in and taught the martial arts (Karate, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi) for over 30 years. No matter what style of martial arts you practice, and for any person in law enforcement, Shihan McMains methods work! Whether you are seeking how to control an opponent, self defense, or martial art mastery – learning from Shihan will help you improve immensely and quickly.

    Without hesitation, I can say that the skill level and the concepts taught by Shihan McMains is at a standard I have never encountered. Shihan not only demonstrated the effectiveness of his methods (which I felt first hand as his Uke for much of the weekend) but he easily explained how we could achieve the same level, with practice. Shihan McMains' techniques were natural, easy to apply, common sense, and at times utterly painful and brutal in potential.

    More important than the techniques, Shihan McMains brought an understanding of Goju Ryu concepts and application that made total sense, and saved me many years of study to arrive at the same understanding, if at all. I enjoy practicing kata, but after learning from Shihan for only a few sessions, kata has taken on an entirely new meaning and I feel an excitement just to practice one move. My training in Tai Chi has also moved up to a higher level, as Shihan taught universal concepts that work for any style.

    I also enjoyed that there was no baggage of tradition for its own sake. It was refreshing to have a master reinforce the need to question and analyze everything, to think things out for yourself and choose on what makes practical sense rather than to blindly accept what is taught.

    Steven Tchang

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