About Us

Okinawa Karate Center about us

For more than 40 years, Shihan Rusty McMains has been bringing the very best in martial arts instruction to the US and Canada. The Okinawa Karate Center (Uchinadikan - Okinawan dialect) in Houston, Texas, has a long history of offering the most authentic Okinawa Goju-Ryu found in the US. In addition to teaching a very unique brand of Okinawa Karate, all our teaching are based on sound medical and physical sciences as well as practical fighting and study methods developed by Shihan McMains through decades of real-time application. This places the Okinawa Karate Center as one of the few schools in the world that expressly teaches these martial sciences as part of its general program and one of but a handful in North America.

Uchinadi-Kan was born out of an overwhelming interest in the classical arts of Okinawa: Ryukyu Kempo and more specifically Goju-Ryu Karate. The term "uchinadi-kan" literally translates as "Okinawa(uchina) Hand(di) Center(kan). A deeper translation, based on the extensive research by Shihan McMains and others, is more precisely interpreted as "The center for the study of the original life protection arts of the people of Okinawa/Ryukyu". Therefore, Uchinadi-Kan was chosen to reflect the true nature or deep arts of all Okinawan martial systems when self-preservation was a high priority before these arts became a sport.

Shihan McMains is not just a member of several of the world's leading martial arts organizations, he is a global leader in these fields. His highly expanded understanding of Western and Eastern sciences and his ability to apply those sciences to any form of martial arts training and protection techniques is unparalleled. He has consulted and trained instructors in Judo/Jujutsu, Arnis/Escrima, Karate, Taekwondo, MMA, Krav Magra and others.

Just as impressive as Shihan McMains' personal experiences is the collection of extensive experiences of associated schools and instructors both in North America and Okinawa that provide for a network of information and training unlike other organizations. All this with the intent in bringing our students the best instruction possible while leaving a legacy for future generations.

Powerful Experience

Shihan McMains holds Black Belt rankings and instructor certifications in several martial arts including:

  • 7th Dan Toritejutsu / Master Instructor
  • 7th Dan Okinawan Kempo / Master Instructor
  • 7th Dan Chin Sook Hage Kwan / Master Instructor
  • 6th Dan Okinawa Goju-Ryu / Renshi (1st Level Master Instructor)
  • 3rd Dan Chungdokwan
  • 1st Dan Jujutsu
  • Apprentice Instructor WuYiJieHe Family Martial and Healing Arts

Shihan McMains also has extensive training in other Okinawan/Japanese Karate styles, Filipino Arnis, Hapkido/Kuksool, Judo, Okinawan Kobudo, Taiji/Qigong and Western Boxing. He is a former TECLOES and Texas Dept of Corrections Self-Defense and Physical Fitness Instructor. As a former amatuer and semi-professional fighter, Shihan McMains understands what "putting it on the line" actually means. Though his students may never step into the ring, it is important that his students approach their training with this in mind.

Studying Under Masters

In the four decades he has been practicing the martial arts, he has had the distinct honor and privilege of training directly with some of the world's leading martial artists. Because of his close relationship with these instructors, some of the most prized "classes" were held in ordinary situations including hallways, poolside or on tennis courts of hotels, late at night in backyards, or restaurant parking lots while people waited for their tables.

In addition to the hours of practice, there were also hours of discussions on planes, in cars, and just hanging out at the house. With this privilege comes the responsibility of maintaining a very high level of knowledge, expertise, integrity, and trust.

What these masters passed to Shihan McMains was not a martial arts system but rather the internal concepts and principles that supported their systems. The more they shared from their individual systems the more Shihan McMains began to see that they weren't all that different as they shared the same foundations. It was upon these "First Principles" that Shihan McMains developed his style of teaching.

Our Dojo Philosophy

At the Okinawa Karate Center (Uchinadikan), we seek to foster positive virtues in our colleagues and friends while providing a complete life-protection system for adults and children. We hope to cultivate a spirit that builds character, sincerity, integrity, perseverance, and respect through sharing and learning. An open mind is essential to achieve this goal.

Health Benefits

Our brand of martial arts is unique than what is found in most of today's martial arts schools. Modern martial arts have developed into specialized sports, losing much of their original life-protection and life-benefiting intents. Our teaching are built upon the same time proven sciences that gave birth to the original martial and holistic healing arts found throughout India, Indochina, China and Japan. The physical and mental health and therapeutic benefits are far reaching and follows the student throughout their life.

No one is a better example of these health benefits than Shihan McMains who has successfully been battling cancer since 2012. His doctors firmly believe that his physical condition and attitude developed over his lifetime of martial arts practice are just as much a part of his recovery as chemotherapy and other common cancer treatments.