Master Trusty (FWTMA Owner)
Master RJ Trusty has long held the belief that exploring various Martial Arts styles enriches overall training. When he purchased the school in 2004, he trained with Grandmaster Randolph S. Smith, Sr, in order to refine the requirements for Karate. In 2005, he began to train in Tai Chi with Shifu Ralph Dehner, to add the balance and grace of that style to his repertoire.
Master Trusty put in long extra hours of daily training, and achieved his 5th dan Master’s rank in 2008. Later that same year, he changed the name of the school to Five White Tigers Martial Arts. In keeping with his philosophies on the art; each element of the new logo has meaning for the school and the students.
Master Trusty also has his certification in Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) and is working with seniors and others on improving health, mobility and fall prevention.
He trained in Southern Shaolin Kung Fu with Shifu Ralph Brown from 2011-2013, and saw an opportunity to add Kung Fu elements and discipline to Five White Tigers Martial Arts.
Teaching children on the Autism Spectrum and with other special needs is also close to Master Trusty’s heart. He began instructing at Skyward Academy. His experiences in Tai Chi enhance the connection to the students, and they attain the benefits of balance, coordination, flexibility and stress relief.
In addition to his skills in Karate, Tai Chi and Kung Fu, Master Trusty also has a deep interest in Reiki and is a level Three healer in that art. He also devotes time to the study of Iron Palm, this art conditions the hands to deliver very powerful blows without injury, while maximizing the force against the attacker. All of the arts Master Trusty studies are interrelated, utilize breathing, conditioning, as well as tendon and strength exercises to attain a more comprehensive martial arts experience.
In 2015 Master Trusty started studying the Guided Chaos method of fighting. It a street tested art created by John Perkins.
Master Trusty’s continuing growth in Martial Arts has been brought back to enrich the teaching at Five White Tigers. There is a blend of skills to learn that aid each student in their own growth, balance, strength, power and perseverance. Master Trusty shares his knowledge and blends his myriad skills into each class. Every one of his instructors and students is encouraged and supported in their own martial arts journeys. We are Changing Our Community Through Martial Arts.
Five White Tigers Martial Arts Mission Statement
Five White Tigers Martial Arts (FWTMA)
The Bushido spirit permeates all students and ranks within our school. FWTMA focuses its efforts and energy into developing its students so that they achieve results higher than they originally thought possible. We do this by creating a family atmosphere where students may come and train together, secure in the knowledge that they are among friends who will help achieve their personal goals.
We expect our students to train hard in each class that they attend and to adopt the learnings which the instructors share with them. FWTMA maintains high expectations for its students. These expectations manifest themselves in the success that our students achieve in the personal, professional, and scholastic lives. Because of our commitment to excellence, our students also achieve success at local and regional tournaments, bringing home many trophies.
We challenge students to measure their progress against themselves and not against other students. This approach requires discipline from the student, yet instills confidence as they begin to see the results of their training.