Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The World's Most Widely Practiced Martial Arts Now in Phoenix

Introducing The World’s Most Popular Martial Art to Phoenix at Tatum & Greenway http://www.ScottsdaleTaekwondo.com

TAEKWONDO… Korea’s National Sport, Official Sport of the Olympic Games, Powerful Self-Defense, Healthy Fat-burning Workout, Renowned Kicking Arsenal

We teach your child to:

Pay Attention

Improve Grades

Stay Fit

Build Confidence

Use Self-Control

Handle Bullies

Make Friends

Achieve Goals

Have Fun!

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
Tatum & Greenway
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone (602) 896-8721

Monday, August 30, 2010

Announcing a New Children’s Program in Phoenix

August 31, 2010 by http://usa-martialarts.com http://KidsLoveMartialArtsPhoenix.com

National Champion Steve Caprara Teaches Phoenix Kids an Escape for Self-Defense

Phoenix USA Martial Arts Children’s Program

A Special Kid Oriented Blend of Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu and Jiu-jitsu designed to build character, coordination and confidence in your child.

Every child will gain confidence and enthusiasm while having a great time at each USA Martial Arts Karate Kids class they attend.

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Our program is a fun and engaging class focused on developing basic motor and listening skills of school aged children. The Phoenix USA MARTIAL ARTS KARATE KID program caters to all personality types: shy children will become more assertive and comfortable in public situations; energetic children will become better at controlling “those urges” and responding to instruction.

Phoenix, Scottsdale Area Kids Taekwondo Karate Program
The skills we focus on at Phoenix USA MARTIAL ARTS TAEKWONDO KIDS will help children enter society with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook. They will become better students at school, better listeners at home and more ambitious towards the future.

Children’s Age Specific Martial Arts Training
We believe the time between the ages of three to seven are some of the most important stages of a child’s development. However we recognize that three and four year olds have different developmental needs than the older five to seven year olds. Our Phoenix Kids Martial Arts program will enhance positive development for our youngest children to our oldest in a fun and motivating way.

Click here for our internet special

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone (602) 896-8721

Serving the Tatum/Greenway Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Desert Ridge, North Phoenix community

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

Much More Than Kicking and Punching

Arizona USA Martial Arts Phoenix Opens

At Arizona’s USA Martial Arts Phoenix, we use your child’s motivation towards Karate to reinforce positive values that are taught at home. Our children are rewarded for a positive attitude in every area of their lives.

The Greatest Gift You Can Give To Your Child!

Discipline…To know when to use Karate and when not to. Never on family or at school.
Confidence…To believe in themselves and to project a positive image to others.
Concentration…To become a better listener at home, school, and attentive to parents.

Click here for our Grand Opening Special!

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
Tatum & Greenway Paradise Valley | Scottsdale
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
(602) 896-8721

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Four Stories of How a Unique Program Transformed Four Kids and Parents Lives

From focusing, to goal setting, to self discipline, to self-respect --kids emerge from this program changed for the better. And their parents couldn't be happier.

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Arm Your Child With Self Esteem

Plus get a Free Official Martial Arts Uniform with Belt!

Award winning professional Instruction in Martial Arts, Self-Defense, Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Karate for Kids, Teens and Adults of all ages in the North Phoenix areas of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley.

Come see our brand new facility at Tatum & Greenway!

USA Martial Arts is an internationally recognized martial art academy.  Featured on the news in the USA, China, Korea  as well as TKD Times Magazine, and Kono for Kids, USA Martial Arts stands out as a leader with its unique character and citizenship building fitness programs.

Arizonan's might recognize USA Martial Arts or its expert staff from their appearances on

  • Channels 3, 5, 10, 12, 15
  • Good Morning Arizona
  • Good Evening Arizona
  • COX Cable
  • S.W.E.A.T. 
  • The State Press 
  • Arizona Republic
  • The East Valley Tribune
  • Independent Newspapers
  • Recognized by the Mayor of Scottsdale, 
  • Host of the international Korean Eagles Taekwondo Demo Team

So How Does This Help You or Your Child?
Good question.  You can have the confidence that USA Martial Arts has a reputation for excellence, integrity and produced champions at virtually every level of competition.  You can have the certainty that you are learning effective self-defense and equipping your child to handle bullies, prevent abduction and danger recognition skills.  You can feel good that you are on a winning team with the experience to deliver quality and outstanding service.

What Can I Expect for My Son or Daughter?
Our specialized Taekwondo Karate Kids program incorporates the best elements of traditional martial arts values and modern teaching methods.  Shy or outgoing, children learn to focus energy in a positive manner, develop respect for themselves and others, while having the time of their lives kicking and punching their way to awesome fitness.

Recognition and Reward
Through a carefully planned series of victories, positive encouragement, and caring instructors who lead by example, you will see your child's self esteem soar with each belt.  USA Martial Arts even has a special public recognition, striping, sticker and patch rewards system.  Our expert instructors take an interest in each child and work together with parents to help them succeed at home, focus at school, and develop strong social and citizenship skills.

USA Martial Arts instructors don't just teach fitness and 
discipline - they demonstrate it by leading by example.

Click here now for our amazing GRAND OPENING SPECIAL!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Taekwondo Information, History and Definition

Source: http://www.koreanculture.org/06about_korea/symbols/06taekwondo.htm

Taekwondo is an officially acknowledged international sport that originated in Korea and is today practiced worldwide. Taekwondo uses the whole body, particularly the hands and feet. It not only strengthens one's physique, but also cultivates character via physical and mental training. Coupled with techniques of discipline, taekwondo is a self-defense martial art. 
The evidence of taekwondo's existence as a systemized defense operation using the body's instinctive reflexes can be traced back to ceremonial games that were performed during religious events in the era of the ancient tribal states. During religious ceremonies such as Yeonggo and Dongmaeng (a sort of thanksgiving ceremony), and Mucheon (Dance to Heaven), ancient Koreans performed a unique exercise for physical training. This exercise was the original inception of taekwondo. 
With this historical background, taekwondo (also known by its older name, taekkyeon) secured the status of Korean's traditional martial art. During the Three Kingdoms period, taekkyeon became a required military art; the martial art was emphasized to enhance national defense and battle capabilities, and was practiced in the Musadan (a military organization) that was responsible for national defense.Examples of Musadan are the Seonbae of Goguryeo and the Hwarang of Silla. Seonbae, which was founded during the era of King Taejo of Goguryeo, practiced taekkyeon (also called taekgoni) to strengthen their country's defense capabilities. Supporting this claim is a mural in Muyongchong (Tomb of the Dancers) in southern Manchuria. Drawn on the ceiling of the burial chamber and the master chamber of the tomb was a vivid scene of a taekkyeon match. Taekkyeon was practiced in Silla in order to reinforce national development, and was the basic martial art of the Hwarang (Flower of Youth Corps). Evidence attesting to taekkyeon's role during the Silla period can be found in the Geumgangyeoksasang (a guardian of a temple gate), which is now housed in the Gyeongju National Museum.
The aforementioned traditions were continuously superseded and further developed during the Goryeo period. The value of taekkyeon as a martial art for the defense and prosperity of the nation was acknowledged, and as a consequence, its standards were raised, leading to further systemization and popularity. Among King Uijong's writings is a record stating that Yi Ui-min was promoted because of his outstanding taekkyeon techniques. The record also shows that Choe Chungheon threw banquets and let strong men from the Jungbang (Council of Generals) compete against each other in taekkyeon matches; winners from the match were awarded with government posts. Finally, there is a record about Byeon Anyeol's winning matches against Im Gyeonmi and Yeom Heungbang and being promoted from assistant-head to head of the Royal Secretariat as a reward. Such evidence implies that the value of taekwondo as a martial art was acknowledged in the Goryeo Dynasty at the national level, while also confirming the existence of clear judging criteria for competitions. 
Based on this information, it can be deduced that taekwondo, as a military art, had reached a level sophistication during the Goryeo period. A number of written entries, such as "the rafter was moved when Yi Uimin hit the pillar with his bare fist," or "the wall was broken when Du Gyeongseung hit the wall with his fist" substantiate the high and sometimes lethal level of taekwondo standards at that time. Another record states, "Yi Uimin punched a man's backbone and killed him." With the advent of explosives and the appearance of new weapons by the end of the Goryeo era, however, taekwondo, which was highly supported at the national level during the beginning and middle periods of the Goryeo Dynasty, received a steadily declining level of support. As a result of its weakened function as a martial art, the sport was transformed into a folk game at one point. According to records in the Goryeosa (History of Goryeo, 1454), people who gambled on taekkyeon for money or material goods were punished by 100 strokes of a paddle; a house owner who provided boarding or gambling money to gamblers also received the same number of paddles as punishment. Such records imply that taekkyeon was enjoyed as a folk game by many people and was deeply rooted in Koreans' lives.
Later, during the Joseon era, military arts regained their prominence due to political circumstances in the early period of the Dynasty's foundation and the need for national defense. People who were skilled in taekkyeon received preferable treatment, and taekkyeon was chosen as a military art. Documents show that during the selection of military soldiers by the Uiheungbu (a military command) during the 10th year (1410) of King Taejong, persons who had beaten three rivals in taekkyeon matches were selected to become bangpyeguns (shielding soldiers). In the following year, skills in taekkyeon were applied as a major criterion for recruiting soldiers. This practice attracted to the military service many of the gwanno, male provincial government slaves, who by virtue of their work were mostly well versed in the martial art.
Once the country's organizational structure was solidified, nonetheless, the importance of the martial art was again deemphasized due to the unavoidable strengthening of the power of the literati. However, this trend was reversed when the country experienced severe difficulties such as the Imjinwaeran (the Japanese invasion of Joseon) in 1592 and the Byeongjahoran (the Manchu invasion) in 1636. At the national level, the Hullyeondogam (Military Training Command) was established to support martial arts. Muye dobotongji, a text of martial arts, was written by Yi Deokmu and Bak Jega. Such national support enabled taekkyeon to regain its vitality as a martial art and folk game.

In Donggungnyeojiseungnam (Augmented Survey of the Geography of Korea), it is stated that in one of the towns in Eunjin-hyeon in Chungcheong-do province, people from the Chungcheong-do and Jeolla-do provinces gathered around on Buddhist All Souls' Day to compete in taekkyeon matches, while in the pungsokhwa (genre pictures) of that period scenes of taekkyeon can often be found. Based on this evidence, it is clear that taekkyeon was quite popular and deeply rooted in the daily lives of Koreans.

With time's passage, methods of national defense changed, along with peoples' altitudes. Consequently, taekkyeon became primarily a folk match or game rather than a military art. With Japan 's undisguised intention of invading Korea , however, taekkyeon emerged as a national pastime. The fact that it was already established as a folk game, coupled with the Koreans' consciousness of being a homogeneous nation distinct from the Japanese, fueled their passion for the art.

During the period when Japan controlled Korea , taekkyeon was suppressed. Nevertheless, it was secretly passed on among certain taekkyeon masters even during this period.

After national independence in 1945, taekkyeon's revitalization began once again, aided by restored personal freedoms. It was during this period that a new word, "taekwon," was coined and began to be widely used. Concurrently, the characteristics of the master-trainee relationship in taekwondo changed to emphasize the characteristics of taekwondo as more of a sport than a martial art. With the foundation of the Korea Taekwondo Association in September of 1961, taekwondo officially became a sport .

In 1962, the Korea Taekwondo Association became a member organization of the Korea Amateur Sports Association, and the following year taekwondo was chosen as a regular entry for the National Sports Festival. In 1971 taekwondo's outstanding value was acknowledged, and taekwondo was recognized as a national sport; today there are about 3,700 taekwondo practice halls and approximately 10,000 masters in Korea , along with 3,000,000 grade-holders and 3,500,000 trainees.

In 1971, the Korea Taekwondo Association established etiquette criteria to guide those practicing taekwondo. The criteria include the areas of etiquette and attitude, articles to follow in daily living places and in practice halls, dress code and personal appearance guidelines to be followed when conversing or visiting someone. The Gukgiwon was opened in 1972 to function as the central practice hall and competition stadium for taekwondo.

The first World Taekwondo Championship was held in Seoul during 1973, at which time the World Taekwondo Federation was founded. The World Taekwondo Federation eventually became a member of the GAISF (General Association of International Sports Federations), and was chosen as an official entry by the Committee for the International Soldiers Meet (CISM) in 1976. Today, the World Taekwondo Federation has 153 member countries, and 3,000 masters have been dispatched to these countries to instruct approximately 50 million trainees worldwide.

The sport's steady progress and growth were responsible for taekwondo's selection as a demonstration sport for the Olympic Games at the General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee on July 15, 1980. During the General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee in 1981, taekwondo was also chosen for inclusion in the 10th Asian Games. Having been selected as a demonstration sport for the 1988 Olympic Games, taekwondo firmly established its presence in the international sports arena.

The First International Taekwondo Academic Conference, which was held in Seoul in December 1983, was another event which greatly contributed to the development of taekwondo. Partially as a result of the heightened worldwide interest in taekwondo demonstrated by this event, it was decided during the International Olympic Committee meeting held in Sydney , Australia , that taekwondo would become an official entry in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

The training methods of taekwondo can be differentiated into gibondongjak, pumse, gyeorugi, dallyeon, and hosinsul. The gibondongjak (basic movements) refer to the use of the hands and feet and are the basis of taekwondo. They include chigi (striking) techniques by use of fists and the outer side of the hand. Pumse refers to training that is done alone with an imaginary counterpart. Following the drill line, one practices to master effective techniques of attack and defense movements so as to improve one's readiness, muscular power, flexibility, ability to shift one's center of power, control of breathing, and speed of movement. Types of pumse include Taegeuk (1-8 jang) and Palgwae (1-8 jang) for non-grade-holders, and Goryeo, Geumgang, Taebaek, Pyeongwon, Sipjin, Jitae, Cheonggwon, Hansu, and Ilyeo for grade-holders.

Gyeorugi, an application of Pumse to an actual situation in order to demonstrate techniques of attack and defense, is divided into two parts: machueogyeorugi and gyeorugi. Machueogyeorugi refers to a synchronized demonstration of given attack and defense techniques, while gyeorugi refers to the free application of those techniques to an opponent's vulnerable areas. The latter enhances one's spirit of fighting and courage.

Dallyeon involves strengthening body parts such as one's hands and feet, through the use of various equipment, in order to increase one's power for attack and defense, while hosinsul consists of techniques to defeat a rival's attack and effectively counterattack.

Taekwondo matches are held according to weight categories. These categories include finweight, flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, welter-weight, middleweight, and heavyweight. The time allotted for a match is three three-minute rounds, with a one minute rest between rounds.

The competition floor is a square with sides of a total length of eight meters. A mattress is placed on the floor. For the safety of the competitor, protective pads for certain parts of the body, such as the torso and head, are worn over the competition outfit. Judging is carried out by one examiner, one chief referee, and four sub-referees.

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Korean Clothing and Origins of Martial Arts Uniforms

Korean Clothing and Martial Arts Uniforms Origins

Hwarang Do
Kuk Sool Won
Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do
Han Moo Do
Tae Kwon Do
Tu Kong Moo Sool

Source: http://www.lifeinkorea.com/culture/clothes/clothes.cfm?xURL=male

Cheogori and Paji
Men's cheogori were generally longer than their women's counterparts, reaching down to the waist or even lower. Like the women's version, they are tied across the chest in front.

The earliest versions of the paji had narrow legs to facilitate horseback riding and hunting. However, a more agrarian society dictated wider legs to facilitate squatting in the fields. The baggier pants are also more comfortable for sitting on floors than narrower pants.

The dop'o was a scholar's overcoat used from the middle of theChosun Dynasty (1392-1910), although commoners could also wear it for family rites or other special occassions. It was worn over other articles of clothing.

This style of clothing was worn by scholars during the Koryo (918-1392) and Chosun (1392-1910) periods. Hak means "study" in Korean, and the style symbolizes a sublime, noble mind.
These clothes were worn by scholars during their free time. The name came from the feeling that people had when looking at the clothes. "Shim" means to ponder or contemplate. Similar to hakch'anguishimui represents a more passive state than actively studying.
typical shimui
bangnyeongkit shimui
bangnyeongkit shimui-
shimui with square collar
t'eol magojaT'eol Magoja
The magoja was originally Manchurian clothing. It became popular in Korea after Deawongun, one of the most famous political figures of the late Chosun dynasty, returned from seclusion in Manchuria wearing the clothing. It was used to keep the body warm and was considered a luxury.

This robe-like clothing first appeared during the Koryo period (918-1392) and was worn by low-level government officials. From the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910), the clothes were also worn by commoners.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grand Opening of USA Martial Arts and Helix Tactical in North Phoenix

Grand Opening of USA Martial Arts and HELIX TACTICAL in North Phoenix

USA Martial Arts is proud to celebrate the opening of a new North Phoenix, Scottsdale location at Tatum and Greenway road.  

Wednesday September 1 · 5:30pm - 6:30pm

LocationUSA Martial Arts 4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9 Phoenix, AZ 85032 SW corner Tatum & Greenway in Albertsons center PV

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Register now for our new school celebration with UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast" Severn. info@usa-martialarts.com. Learn the secrets of one of the most experienced NHB/MMA experts in the world. Safe, fast, extraordinarily effective. All ages. Photos and autographs too!
Special Law Enforcement & Defensive tactics training to follow. Help pass the word.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Children and Parents Love Taekwondo Scottsdale Phoenix!

Dear caring parent:

Hi, my name is John Nottingham.

I’d like to tell you the stories of four kinds of kids that I’ve seen walk through the doors of my Martial Arts academy time and time again.

Then, afterward, I’d like to tell you about how this program transformed their lives. And the joy their parents got from seeing the incredible transformations.

(Please note: On this page I say “he” a lot when talking about kids – but that’s just to keep thing simple. Martial Arts is just as much for girls as it is for boys!)

So without further ado… click here

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Korean Eagles TKD Demo Team from Seoul perform at Scottsdale Community College before the mayor and an amazed group of Phoenix area men, women and children at the USA Martial Arts charity show. http://USA-MartialArts.com 

What is TaeKwonDo?
The martial art known as TaeKwonDo originated from Korea and is arguably the most widely practiced in the world today.
TaeKwonDo is an empty hand form of combat that incorporates the use of powerful, lightning speed kicks and strikes-although the art is most widely known for its extraordinary kicks.
Tae means Foot, Kwon means hand, and Do means the way of. In other words, TaeKwonDo is the art of the hand and the foot. The name (and art) TaeKwonDo was formed on April 11, 1955.
Tae Kwon Do is the national sport of South Korea. It is practiced by millions of people in over 200 countries. The martial art was accepted as an Olympic demonstration sport in the year 1988 in Seoul, South Korea and became a full medal sport in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
There are many different styles of TaeKwonDo. However, there are two primary categories that the various arts fall into: Sport or Traditional. 
The different styles teach different forms (or hyungs) that are to be practiced. Sport TaeKwonDo focuses more on competition and speed (sport), while Traditional TaeKwonDo focuses on strong self defense and traditional values.
What Does USA Martial Arts Teach?
USA Martial Arts TaeKwonDo teaches traditional TaeKwonDo with emphasis on practical self-defense (including a locking and throwing system consisting of Hapkido, TaeKwonDo and Yudo).  The founder got his start in a very traditional Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do (often called Korean Karate) and Kung Fu school and has continued with a lifetime's study of martial arts, earning numerous Black Belt, Master and Instructor rankings.  USA Martial Arts also offer students the opportunity to participate in tournaments at local, national and international levels. USA martial arts students have excelled at numerous competitions, producing many champions, and USA Martial Arts believes that healthy tournament competition helps a student to become his/her best. 
USA Martial Arts students begin with learning a classical form of Taekwondo because research has proven it to be one of the fastest ways to develop the basics and physical attributes to prevent injury, get in shape and develop a teachable and positive attitude.  As students progress they discover that they can specialize in a variety of disciplines from grappling, pressure points, weaponry, performance and much more.  USA Martial Arts curriculum embraces an University style approach to teaching, providing a foundation in general education requirements and encouraging specialization as students advance.
They also believe that competition is only one aspect of your martial arts journey.  USA Martial Arts teaches an integrated curriculum of martial arts that includes traditional and contemporary TaeKwonDo, which is based on the best of several disciplines.  This curriculum  focuses on strong self-defense and the curriculum was created by a team of Masters and experts with multi-discipline backgrounds.  This is why USA Martial Arts students learn more and faster than most schools. 
On the mat, our school focuses on effective self-defense, strong values, comeraderie, and community service. Our dojang (training hall) teaches the martial arts student to manifest the martial arts philosophy in their daily lives. We are not just about punching and kicking.
In four words, our school is Protection, Values, Health, and Community.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Taekwondo - Path to Peace

Taekwondo's Pathway to Peace

The students journey in Taekwondo begins with respect.  A student enters the Dojang (Taekwondo Gym) and learns the first lesson - the bow.  The bow is a symbol of humility and expression of honor and respect.  It is a gesture of courtesy offered on entering or leaving the school, beginning or ending a class, the flags and to senior ranks - especially the SaBomNim (Master Instructor). 

There are no short cuts to take nor magic pills one can buy in the traditional Dojang.
The student often enters the Dojang thinking they are beginning a journey up the color belt ranks to the coveted Black Belt.  Soon, they find that Taekwondo's journey begins inside of them as they put on their first uniform and white belt.  
The Dobok (uniform) and Di (belt) are symbols of innocence and sign of humility - everyone is equal.  Merit is the only currency in the Dojang.  Here, everything must be earned through effort, sincerity, attitude and rectitude. 

The student must then memorize and then recite the Tenets before each class.  As maturity is developed the students eyes begin to open to the lesson that Taekwondo is a path of peace to understand our ourselves, overcome fears, insecurities and doubts.

The Tenets hold Taekwondoists to a higher standard of conduct in daily life.  It is through the disciplined training that students confront those challenges, learn to apply the age old wisdom of the Taekwondo Tenets.

While some come in to learn how to fight, they soon discover that our greatest opponent is within us.  The Taekwondo Dojang is where we fight for inner peace.  It is through this self awareness that we develop knowledge and understanding, overcoming the impulses to resort to the use of power.  This use of power is not just in the physical sense.  It is also the abuse of power in words, harsh looks, unchecked emotions, and other ways.  

The Taekwondo student develops a greater sense of compassion.  The give and take of trading kicks and punches, experiencing and overcoming the problems and set backs, teaches lessons that go beyond the superficial.

The Dojang they find is like a family unit.  Each persons strengths and weaknesses emerge and through mutual encouragement, everyone grows.

It is the difficult and demanding training, strict rules and discipline that a student experiences a deeper empathy.  The shared experience in facing each challenge, belt, board break, practice attack, bonds students to one another, as well as the teacher.    
Ultimately, they indeed learn to physically defend themselves and can fight.  

However the subtle changes in how they conduct and carry themselves now begin to prevent the likelihood from that ever happening.  A level of modesty, humility emerges into a new kind of gentleness, without the need to prove themselves.  They carry this inner-strength in how they walk, move, talk and interact.  The mind becomes more alert to danger in ways that prior to Taekwondo it would not have.

As the student grows they develop a mild manner on the outside and incredible strength on the inside.  The experiences and lessons transcend the walls of the Dojang and effect daily life in ways they often never expected.

Taekwondo Oath
I shall observe the Tenets of Taekwondo
I shall respect my Instructors and Seniors
I shall never misuse Taekwondo
I will be a champion of Freedom and Justice
I will build a more Peaceful World

Taekwondo - Parents Choice The World Over

Taekwondo embraces technology
Taekwondo is the world's most popular Martial Art

Taekwondo is an amazing martial art.  Born out of thousands of years of the Korean people's struggle, it emerged today as a unique ambassador of respect, good-will, character development and fitness.  

  • Did you know that some of the first steps towards the discussion of reunification for North and South Korea came from Taekwondo practitioners?  
  • Did you know that Taekwondo was spread by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee to the former Soviet Union and with it, democratic ideals of freedom and justice?  
  • Did you know that Tae Kwon Do is Korea's national sport and an official sport in the Olympic Games?
  • Did you know that Taekwondo is the world's most widely practiced and popular martial art?

Beyond the political scope of Taekwondo's remarkable achievements, it is the impact it has on children that has gained such favor with parents from all over the world.   From improving attitude, concentration, academic performance to reinforcing discipline and respect in the home, Taekwondo's overall track record, rapid growth and acceptance is unique among the martial arts.  

Of course who could forget Taekwondo's trademark high flying kicks and amazing physical development.  Taekwondoists gain strength, flexibility and learn self defense applications, and a growing number while training along with other family members.  TKD, as practitioners call it, encourages family involvement and can be practiced at any age.  

Perhaps what resonates most with parents is the emphasis on safety practices, strict use of padding, structured rules and endorsement at an official Olympic sport.   It is also known for faster belt rank advancement and promotion to keep kids and students motivated to continue training.

If you would like your child to try Taekwondo now available in Phoenix Paradise Valley, Scottsdale area click here for internet specials.

New Taekwondo Dojang Opens in North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale at Tatum & Greenway

The Korean Eagles Taekwondo Demo Team from Seoul Korea at the August Grand Opening of USA Martial Arts in Phoenix.  USA Martial Arts is the only authentic Taekwondo school in the area specializing in children and taught by an authentic certified Master.
The Martial Art and Sport of Korean Taekwondo
New Taekwondo Dojang Opens in North Phoenix, PV, Scottsdale at Tatum & Greenway

I believe Tae Kwon Do (TKD) is a tool that can be taught as both sport and martial art.  With the right instructor and curriculum, it is proven as powerful self defense, and more importantly, an effective means to instill virtue and leadership life-skills.  From confidence, respect, integrity and perseverance, Taekwondo is renowned for instilling positive virtues.  Perhaps this is one reason why it is the worlds most popular martial art, especially for children.
USA Martial Arts Taekwondo Phoenix AZ - School of Life!
While my schools have produced champions state, national and international competitions, my belief is that the TKD's greatest value is in it's unique ability to build confidence and develop character.  My life is evidence of this.

I was a very insecure child with asthma, yet Tae Kwon Do (TKD) helped me build my mind and body in surprising ways.  I directly credit it for building my body to be strong enough to serve in the military, increasing my discipline to raise my grades in school and helping me believe in my dreams.

WTF Taekwondo, ITF Taekwondo, ATA Taekwondo, Freestyle Taekwondo
World Taekwondo Federation, International Taekwondo Federation, American Taekwondo Association, Jhoon Rhee American Freestyle Taekwondo, Kukkiwon World Taekwondo
It was the magic of that transformation that inspired me to want to become an instructor one day.  That dream came true.  Having taught traditional Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do,  ITF, Jhoon Rhee Freestyle and WTF / Kukkiwon Taekwondo, I came to respect the value and strength of each.  Today I share those lessons with my students and emphasize the philosophy.  It is much more than just kicking, punching and blocking.

Special Offer for Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona Residents

To me, Taekwondo is a cultural treasure and a gift.  I hope that my team and I have the honor of sharing our experience and this amazing martial art with your child.

 Special offer click here

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone 602-896-8721
Special Online Offer http://USA-MartialArts.com

Authentic Korean Taekwondo Martial Arts Now in North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley

Learn Authentic Korean Taekwondo from a Internationally Acclaimed Master Instructor!

Taekwondo is Korea's National Sport and an Official Sport in the Olympic Games.  USA Martial Arts is proud to continue the traditional style of Taekwondo and teach it as a philosophy as well as effective martial.

Taekwondo training at USA Martial Arts offers many physical, psychological, and mental benefits. Classes are set up not only to teach specific techniques, but also to teach students how to work together, solve problems, and perform under pressure.
Key Physical Benefits
  • Improved cardiovascular health and endurance
  • Improved strength and muscle tone
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Improved agility and coordination
  • Ability to defend yourself or others
Key Psychological Benefits
  • Self confidence
  • Discipline
  • Ability to perform under pressure
  • Ability to work together in a team
  • Ability to work towards a difficult, but attainable goal
Key Mental Benefits
  • Ability to concentrate and focus
  • Ability to analyze and find weaknesses in opponents' styles
  • Ability to think and make decisions quickly in a crisis
  • Development of leadership skills and the ability to teach others
Contact us today to find out how you can take advantage of these benefits in your life!
We specialize in beginners and children with no experience.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Four Kinds of Phoenix Kids I've Seen

By http://KidsLoveMartialArtsPhoenix.com

To a Caring Parent,

Hi, my name is John Nottingham.

I’d like to tell you the stories of four kinds of kids that I’ve seen walk through the doors of my Martial Arts academy time and time again.

Then, afterward, I’d like to tell you about how this program transformed their lives. And the joy their parents got from seeing the incredible transformations.

(Please note: On this page I say “he” a lot when talking about kids – but that’s just to keep thing simple. Martial Arts is just as much for girls as it is for boys!)

So without further ado… click here

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

We’re Not Competing With Other Martial Arts Schools

By http://usa-martialarts.com & KidsLoveMartialArtsPhoenix.com 

Much more than kicks, punches, blocks and throws.

When I started teaching martial arts at age 14 in my first teachers Taekwondo Kung Fu school I made up my mind that I was not ever in competition with other martial arts schools. Here I am 6 degrees of Black Belt and nearly 26 years later, having studied all over the world and taught thousands, still holding firm to that belief.

I love martial arts… all of them. I love martial artists.

We are all part of the same big family. It is in our diversity, each having our own gifts and abilities, that we have strength. We need every instructor and school to serve our communities in combating the issues men, women and children face these days.

I believe martial arts has the answers to so many of today’s problems that children and over-taxed adults encounter.

So what are we competing with?

Ignorance, glamorized violence, cruelty, bad manners, low self esteem, fear and self-doubt, poor health such as obesity, heart disease, undisciplined eating habits. If anything, we are competing with the ever-growing allure of stimulating video games and media that can influence an imbalance in life, disrupt healthy relationships and social skill development.

We’re competing with indifference in patriotism, a sense of community and fading American family values like serving a cause greater than one’s self. We’re competing with the disintegration of the family unit (because we provide a healthy activity the whole family can do together and reinforce respect at home).

Martial Arts can resolve these problems. There is no question it saves lives in self-defense situations as history clearly proves that. It is unparalleled in handling bullies and non-violent conflict resolution.  But more importantly, Martial Arts can equip people, especially the next generation, with the leadership skills, character, and a strong spirit to face challenges head-on in an ever changing world.

Where else can parents choose their child’s peer group and surround them with polite, goal oriented, values centered friends who are all engaged in a healthy lifestyle? It’s one stop shopping rather than being a Mom taxi toting the kids from one activity to another in hopes of gaining these essential skills.

We have thousands of letters on file from ecstatic parents touting the amazing transformational power of our martial arts program on their children. It goes so far beyond the kicks, punches, blocks and throws. That’s because our role-model instructors teach martial arts as a philosophy and load it with life skills through experiential learning.  Simply put, they walk the talk.

Why are more and more parents choosing martial arts? Because it works in a rapidly changing world and they want their kids to have the edge in school and life.

Consider martial arts for your family today. Even if it isn’t our school, find one that suits your goals and personality. Try a few out, watch a class and speak to the instructors. You may be surprised at the value you find.

Beware… it just might change your lives forever.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why Choose USA Martial Arts North Phoenix Scottsdale?

The key in choosing a martial arts school is finding one that can motivate students to actually stick with it—martial arts are not quick or easy. We believe that convenience, professionalism, flexibility of memberships, proven curriculum, and atmosphere are crucial elements in supplying this motivation.

The most difficult thing when getting started in martial arts is taking the first step. We’ve worked to make this incredibly easy and very educational. Many schools will offer a free class or two, perhaps a free week and then expect you to sign up for a lengthy membership. We don’t believe that is enough time to get to know a school, the instructors, and staff. We’ve discovered that at least a month of trial time offers the perfect amount of time. Our EasyTrial offers the perfect no-obligation way to try USA Martial Arts—we’ll work with you to identify good days and times from our convenient class schedule.

On average we tend to offer many more class times than other schools. We focus heavily on our scheduling and work to supply convenient options while still maintaining a productive instructional environment. We’ve also tried to make our membership options equally convenient. While many schools offer only long-term annual memberships USA Martial rts offers both annual (which offer savings) and month-to-month options that allow you to cancel at any time—we believe that much in our programs.

Our core offerings of traditional Taekwondo classes for adults, families, and children are goal oriented and motivational. We offer classes Monday through Saturday from early day to late evening that are typically about 50 minutes long. Join us for classes and discover the benefits of study with USA Martial Arts. In addition to our traditional Taekwondo programs we have developed specialized, martial art based, youth programs for our younger students. Programs such as our A+ AfterSchool program and SummerCamp program offer members a constructive option for children.

It’s our members who often tell us that, among other things, the atmosphere at USA Martial Arts distinguishes us from others. We believe in supplying members a professional, inviting, and family oriented atmosphere—a place where students and families feel at home. Although we honor martial art traditions that go back centuries, we are dynamic and constantly seek new and innovative ways to teach and service our members.

Amazing online trial offer http://www.kidslovemartialartsphoenix.com/

Monday, August 9, 2010

North Phoenix Martial Arts School Offers More Than Self-Defense To Families


By http://usa-martialarts.com

Welcome To The Exciting World of USA Martial Arts!

Featured in TKD Times, KONO Magazines, Channels 3,5,10,12,15, the AZ Republic, State Press and more

Since 1992, USA Martial Arts – Phoenix Scottsdale has been providing instruction in traditional and modern mixed martial arts in the Phoenix, AZ area and surrounding communities.
We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us at our North Phoenix location if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, the benefits of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us, as well.

USA Martial Arts – Practical Self-Defense, Character Development, and Peace of Mind!

The vision of USA Martial Arts is to build a stronger community by helping people get strong and fit, be safe and at the same time instill the inner-strength and character of a true Martial Artist. We strive to uphold important values like honor, courtesy, perseverance, self control and integrity.
We will also help you achieve self discipline, high self esteem, a positive out look, a spirit of constant improvement, and a non-quitting spirit. These values and life skills will lead to remarkable improvements in academics, careers, and relationships, literally making a better community one Black Belt at a time.

We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. Our site is designed to give you information about our facility, the benefits of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.

Reality Based Self Defense 
Last Resort Handgun Disarm Defense

USA Martial Arts founder is a military hand to hand combat, law enforcement and bodyguard trainer. The self defense curriculum incorporates a combination of techniques found in many effective disciplines: Karate, Taekwondo, Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Krav Maga, submission grappling and Escrima to provide students with a realistic personal protection self-defense system for a modern world.

Read more about our program philosophy here: Our Programs

Functional Fitness
No matter if you are five or sixty five, Strength, Conditioning, and Flexibility are all benefits that a student can expect to receive with USA Martial Arts Training. Every muscle group is strengthened and defined with the exercises, movements, techniques, and training drills that are incorporated into our curriculum. Your endurance and stamina will peak as we increase your cardiovascular conditioning. All these physical benefits for your body will be felt in your daily life and activities, increasing your energy and confidence.

Focus + Discipline = Success

Most exercise gets some results when done, most self defense is better than none. The problem is that most fitness programs fail to offer the excitement and interest to keep the participant consistent in their training, therefore setting them up for failure in their results.

The success in the results of the USA Martial Arts physical training program is supported by personal development. The student learns concepts and receives coaching that keeps them on track like focus, goal setting, self discipline, and confidence, which are inherent in our Martial Arts training. It is like having your own personal trainer and success coach all in one. The best thing of all is you will receive incredible physical benefits and personal development traits, while receiving the empowerment that comes through the self defense training that will be invaluable as you learn the skills needed to protect yourself and your family.