Sensei Aric Keyes is our head instructor. With well over 30 years of martial arts experience and more than 20 years teaching professionally to military, law enforcement and civilian students.
A 5th-degree Black Belt in traditional Karate as well as a Black Belt in Koryu Uchinadi under Hanshi Patrick McCarthy. Aric also has a Bio-Medical imaging degree from RIT along with a business management certification from the Saunders College of Business. An ARMY Veteran of 13 years where he was a combat medic and senior trainer in his reserve unit. Aric is an expert in safety & security, specializing in school security. He is certified by Cornell University as a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) instructor as well as a certified instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention by the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Besides his technical proficiency and deep understanding of martial arts, he is known for his patience and calm demeanor when helping his students. Working with students as young as 3 years old, Sensei Keyes is great with students of all ages and all skill levels.
Sensei Keyes uses his knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, physics as well as the psychological effects of stress and violence to thoroughly explain how we apply our traditional self-defense practices to modern altercations. With his incredibly diverse background of knowledge and experience with which to draw upon while teaching, you are guaranteed to learn something in every class!