As everyone presents differently, anyone interested in learning Okinawan Matsubayashi Karate, would be oriented through our class structure by way of - warmups/stretching, kihon (basics), kata and various martial arts drills.
A familiarity with our own body structure and the naturally imbued weapons (punches, kicks, etc.) and defensive mechanisms we each have, are explored and expanded into self defence situations through body sensory as well as environmental awareness. Kobudo (study of ancient weapons) is part of our studies and is an adjunct to Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karatedo.
The smaller class structure provides unique individual attention and assures each student progresses and is challenged according to their particular needs and aims!
Sensei Gary is a truly phenomenal teacher. Private and semi-private classes provide his undivided attention as well as customization based on the unique needs of his students. No two classes are ever the same! Sensei Gary is unfailingly positive and encouraging, instilling self-confidence in his students and always inspiring their best efforts. He has a unique and expansive background and experience that allows him to not only teach his students traditional Okinawan Karate, but also extremely effective self-defense techniques to use in the real world. I highly recommend Mushin Matsubayashi Karatedo if you're searching for a quality martial arts dojo in Durham Region.Karen
I had the opportunity to attend some of my kids training sessions, and it was a pleasure to see a true Master at work. The passion with which Sensei Gary teaches each class makes you fall in love with the sport. He truly transforms it into art. The quality and dedication of the training are phenomenal, and Sensei Gary truly makes it affordable for every family. We are blessed to have met Sensei Gary, and the kids genuinely enjoy each training session.Florina
Sensei Gary is a fantastic teacher. I learn something new in every lesson, even when I repeat the same kata. Sensei Gary makes connections between the elements of a kata and real- life applications. It makes me understand the importance of each move and how it can help me when confronted with a difficult situation. I find his knowledge of self-defense extraordinary, and I am fortunate to have him as my teacher. He is always willing to answer any question, and encourages personal reflections and feedback. Thank You, Sensei Gary, it is an absolute pleasure to learn from you.Ivan
Sensei Gary's classes are tailored to the specific needs of each student. Gary's class not only enhanced my martial art skills but also transformed me into a more confident and mindful person.Shiwen