This is a true Okinawan Karate school focused on teaching the students correctly at their own pace as opposed to a typical martial arts school that is focused on cash flow and pushing students thru their belt ranks at a pre-designated pace. The classes are small enough to provide each student with hands on training and the theory / reason behind each movement.
This is an authentic, non-commercial Okinawan karate dojo. this place is not about wining plastic trophies or sport karate. you only compete with your own mental and physical limitations while preserving an ancient art of self-preservation. Alex
Absolutely wonderful Karate school!
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.