MAI is what Martial Arts are really all about. MAI is a true family training center and “School of Champions”. It instills in its students the knowledge, confidence, self control, and discipline true to the sport. We teach focus, goal setting, and leadership that will assist you and your child in school, sports and life. We pride ourselves on being a family oriented school, so if any of the MAI staff can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Sensei Rick Manos, born in Riverside, California, has made his home in Southern California for over 40 years. Having trained for 30+ years under Shihan Joe Pagliuso, Sensei Manos received his first Black Belt in 1980 at the age of 16. He currently holds a 6th degree Black Belt and continues to train with masters worldwide in many different martial art styles.
Sensei Manos opened his own dojo in Anaheim Hills, California in 1987. In addition to operating a very successful studio, in the mid- 1990’s he began serving as a consultant and instructor for the Los Angeles Police Department Civilian Martial Arts Advisory Panel.
With over 25 years of teaching experience in karate, he is also a veteran competitor and esteemed referee for martial arts tournaments throughout the United States. Utilizing all of his expertise in this field, Sensei Rick Manos continues to dedicate his life to bringing the exciting world of martial arts to his students and friends.
The art of karate as practiced today can be traced directly to an Okinawan style called, in Japanese, Okinawa-te (Okinawan hands). This system is, in turn, a descendant of the ancient Chinese art of ch’uan-fa (fist way).
Little is known about the historical development of karate in Okinawa, but there is an interesting story told: About five hundred years ago, King Hashi of the Okinawan Sho dynasty, succeeded in uniting the Ryukyu Islands into one kingdom. To ensure rule by law, and to discourage military rivals, he seized all weapons in the kingdom and made possession of weapons a crime against the state. As a direct result, it is said the art of “empty-handed” self-defense (Okinawa-te) was developed.
The man most responsible for the systemization of karate as we know it today was Shihan Gichin Funakoshi. He was born in Okinawa in 1869 and began studying karate at the age of eleven under the two top masters of the art at that time. He is credited with being the first man to introduce karate to Japan when he began exhibitions in 1917.
In 1948, the Japan Karate Association (JKA) was developed with Funakoshi as chief instructor. This organization made it possible for the leading karate-ka’s to pool their knowledge and ability, allowing the development of the three aspects of present-day karate (as self-defense, physical art, and sport). The efforts of Gichin Funakoshi and the JKA allowed the introduction of karate throughout the world.
The Anaheim Hills studio was opened in July 1987. We are very proud to offer our students approximately 4,000 square feet of training area in a studio that is immaculately maintained at all times.
Visitors are always welcome to come tour our studio and are free to watch any class in progress. Guests will experience, first hand, our very friendly and professional environment. We wish you success in your training and look forward to working with you in meeting your goals.