Introducing John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts of Paradise Valley Arizona
John was always told he was too sick to become a Black Belt. But he was determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of not only becoming a Black Belt but to earn the title of Master.
John grew up in a small Midwestern town where most people ended up working, but wanted to one day become and Black Belt and Instructor. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, money was tight, his athletic skills were poor, and he had asthma. But when he met a Korean Martial Arts Teacher who taught him to have an indomitable spirit, he changed his health, and his life.
When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about John Nottingham. Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won't quit. A soldier, champion, 7th Degree Black Belt and awarded "Master of the Year", John Nottingham now has a place in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Along with some of his Black Belt students he founded the USA Martial Arts chain of schools, with six affiliate locations, taught thousands of people and has traveled the world training with the Masters.
Today he owns Nottingham Sword & Shield Security and USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley in Phoenix Arizona. He and his staff teach men, women and children self defense and practical security strategies. Here is a brief bio:
John D. Nottingham
International Master Instructor and President of USA Martial Arts
- Inducted International Hall of Fame 2005 "Master of the Year"
- Awarded Honorary Ph.D. of Philosophy in Martial Arts Science
- Former International Competitor and Olympic Style Taekwondo Certified Coach and Referee
- American Council on Martial Arts (ACMA) Certified Instructor
- Founder of NTS – Personal Safety, Tactical and Security Training Company
- Graduate of Gavin de Becker&Associates; Advanced Threat Assessment and Management
- Graduate Academy for Protectors
- Graduate of BTI Bodyguard Training International
- ASIS Security Executive Protection Certified by Robert Oatman
- Hand-to-Hand Combatives Course Engineer
- Trained and Formerly Licensed CDT Tactical Master with Bodyguard Tom Patire
- Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts Full Instructor Certification with Paul Vunak (PFS JKD & Filthy MMA)
- Submission Fighting Certified SSF Instructor with UFC/MMA Champion Frank Shamrock
- Certified Representative: Dr. Stewarts (KIA) Kyushu Jitsu Alliance on pressure points
- Certified Boxing Coach
- Certified Kickboxing Coach
- Certified Yoga Instructor
- Ambassador of the Shaolin Temple in China
- Bong Soo Han Hapkido Affiliate
- Machado Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Affiliate (Cousins of the UFC Gracies)
- Board of Advisors: Break The Chain Foundation: Prevention &Treatment of Child Abuse