Monday, December 26, 2011

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defense and The Average Joe

Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defense and The Average Joe

At USA Martial Arts Phoenix MMA of Phoenix, AZ and Scottsdale AZ we can help you get in the best shape of your life while learning the moves and techniques used in the UFC and other Mixed Martial Arts competitions.

Fight to Be Fit
The Mixed Martial Arts program at USA Martial Arts Phoenix MMA, located in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley combines the best elements of striking martial arts, self-defense training, and grappling skills to take your skills to the top level. It’s no wonder that local law enforcement and even the Marine Corps have adapted Mixed Martial Arts to suit their needs.

The martial arts were originally aimed toward self-defense and the preservation of life. Today, however, people come to us from all walks of life, each with their own reasons wanting to train at USA Martial Arts Phoenix. Some want to learn self-defense, some seek to become physically fit, some enjoy the sporting aspect of tournaments and other just want to have fun. Whatever your reason for wanting to train and grow with us, you’ll find others with similar interests training at USA Martial Arts Phoenix.

The Mixed Martial Arts Program has developed proven teaching methods that will not only help you learn the techniques quickly and easily, but also provides a wide range of benefits for this teen and adult only program.

Benefits like:
· Improved reflexes and coordination increases your performance in all physical activities · Increased strength and stamina boost your energy so you feel great all day long
· Increased flexibility and weight control for better overall fitness
· Great cardiovascular workout keeps you in great shape physically!

A Tradition of Teaching Excellence
At USA Martial Arts Phoenix our courteous instructors are personally selected, not only for their martial arts skills, but also for their ability to effectively communicate their knowledge and understanding to students. Through a special USA Martial Arts Phoenix sponsored program of advanced training, they are constantly upgrading their skills. With our strategic affiliation with some of the finest Grandmasters, Champions and MMA fighters, it’s no surprise that USA Martial Arts Phoenix instructors are ranked among the finest in the country.

You Don’t Have to be a Cage Fighter to Train Like One
We all know that goals you set are goals you get. So, whatever you hope to accomplish, fitness, self-defense, learn the moves, compete, USA Martial Arts Phoenix can help you get there with our Mixed Martial Arts Program. There’s absolutely no experience necessary and you don’t have to be athletic or even exercised a day in your life to be able to start. Our instructors are ready to help you, you can contact us at or

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Considering Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts for Your Phoenix Kid?

Considering Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts for Your Phoenix Kid?

Phoenix Tae Kwon Do, Scottsdale Arizona Martial Arts, Phoenix Kids TaeKwonDo

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts is a single-location, privately-owned school, so students get highly personalized instruction. Our facility has a very intimate ambiance, perfect for our personalized style of teaching. Your child will train in one of the finest facilities with state-of-the art mats and equipment for optimal safety. It is a highly respectful environment, and there is a strong emphasis on developing confidence, self-discipline, courtesy, and perseverance along with the physical TKD skills.

Perfect For Your Karate Kids!
Taekwondo Phoenix Arizona is Great For Children

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts Kickboxing is a family oriented academy, we strive to build champions in life, and prepare future leaders for unlimited success. If we all try our best at anything we do, keep positive, and have perseverance the results will show. We don't focus on a gold medal, but instead we focus on discipline, respect, and being good role models at home, school, and in our community. Martial Arts is not about fighting and winning gold medals... it is about being a well rounded person with dignity and respect for oneself and others.

Making Good Kids Great Karate Kids!
Phoenix Taekwondo Fun For Children of all Ages

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts is recognized and certified by both World Tae Kwon Do Federation in Korea and USA Tae Kwon Do. This highest level of certification means that a Black Belt you earn at USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do will be recognized anywhere in the world, and you can enter any National, World, or Olympic competition if qualified. We are the home of many Arizona State champions, National and International champions. Our style of Tae Kwon Do pairs the ancient traditions of martial arts and self-defense. Our special USA Martial Arts curriculum also integrates other practical martial arts for effective self defense, weapons and more. USA Martial Arts Phoenix is more than the physical kicks, punches, and blocks. It's a method of personal development that enhances mental and physical strength and helps students create a positive way of life.

Tae Kwon Do is a great way to increase:
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Coordination

and also helps you:
  • Build self-confidence
  • Improve concentration
  • Practice self discipline
  • Increase respect
  • Learn self defense
  • Develop the "yes I can" positive winning attitude

Today Tae Kwon Do is one of the most practiced martial arts around the world and in it has become an official Olympic Sport in the 2000 Olympics. Taekwondo is recommended by professionals and renowned for its positive impact on child development. People of ages ranging from 3 years old on to 90+ practice Tae Kwon Do today.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Serves Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Paradise Valley Arizona.

Award-winning Martial Arts Personal Development Leadership Instruction

USA Martial Arts Phoenix 4731 E. Greenway Suite 9 Phoenix AZ 85032

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Learn Martial Arts From a Master

Why Choose USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts?

Our Goals

  • To provide the highest quality martial arts instruction in the Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale area
  • To empower our students with valuable skills for daily life
  • To contribute to a safe and peaceful Phoenix and Scottsdale community

"Together we can make a difference!"

  • 1. Experience
    USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts serves the Phoenix, PV and Scottsdale Arizona area. We have been teaching the benefits of martial arts training to thousands of children and adults. Led by Hall of Fame Master John Nottingham, our school is committed to teaching focus, confidence, and respect through the self-defense techniques of Tae Kwon Do.
    Learn from a Master.

  • 2. Flexible Schedule
    We realize that today's families have busy schedules, and adding something new may be challenging. That's why we've designed our program with flexible class times, in order to accomodate as many people's schedules as possible. Unlike other activities, you don't have to come to the same day and time each week. We offer numerous Children, Adult, Family, and Little Tigers classes Monday through Saturday, at varying times. You attend whichever classes best fit your schedule.
  • 3. Positive Atmosphere
    "The friendly students, instructors, and positive environment are why I chose USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do. It feels good to be here and to have my family be a part of it. USA Martial Arts with Master Nottingham is the best thing we've ever done for our child." -Jane Mason We encourage you to visit our school and see what a difference a positive learning environment can make.
  • 4. Our Facilities
    We take pride in the quality of our Tae Kwon Do schools. Our schools provide a spacious, clean, and safe environment for our students and families. Fully matted with the best equipment! Be sure to Contact Us to arrange a tour to see our facilities in person.
  • 5. Our Instructors
    Our staff knows the impact a good teacher can have on a student. Our instructors are patient and enthusiastic, and teach with a perfect blend of discipline and fun. We have a strong student-to-teacher ratio, so that every student receives the personal attention they need. At USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do, our instructors are dedicated to helping all students achieve their best.
  • 6. Our Classes
    All of our classes are taught by our highly trained instructors who are hand-picked and certified by Master Nottingham. Each instructor is extensively educated in teaching methodology, child development, and personal character. Each will work patiently with your child to teach them about self-discipline, respect, concentration, cooperation, anger management, stranger danger, dealing with bullies, honesty, and much, much more. Designed by a child psychologist specializing in child development, each class, drill and life skill message is age appropriate and proven to help your child reach their full potential.
USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Serves Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Cave Creek Phoenix AZ

Looking For Gift Ideas for Children or Grandchildren? Try Taekwondo!

Karate Kids Taekwondo is a great idea for a gift this holiday season. Instead of another toy or easily forgotten Christmas gift, you can give the lasting gift of confidence. A clever gift idea sure to be remembered and appreciated for years to come!

"USA Martial Arts is the greatest gift you can give your child!"

USA Martial Arts Karate Kids Taekwondo program for children will never be forgotten. The life lessons, virtues and practical self defense skills will last a lifetime.

  • Confidence
  • Focus
  • Discipline
  • Inner Strength
  • Self Respect
  • Concentration

Plus martial arts is an awesome cross training program that helps improve skills for other sports and activities like soccer, baseball, football, and swimming. USA Martial Arts Phoenix Taekwondo Children's Karate kid program also helps develop flexibility, coordination and strength.

But where most sports stop there, USA Martial Arts Phoenix Children's program specializes in helping children develop a positive attitude. This YES I CAN attitude comes from the inner strength and confidence of knowing you can defend yourself and achieve things through practice, patience and dedication.

Are these winning traits and skills you would like for your son or daughter?

Gift certificates available with pre-wrapped uniform for under the tree.


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The kickboxing program at USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing Phoenix is ideal for those seeking a workout that is both mentally and physically exhilarating. The combination of fat burning strength training, aerobic conditioning with kickboxing techniques provides an incredible muscle toning workout, burning up to 900 calories per class.

Our functional fitness i love kickboxing classes are designed for the beginner through the advanced student. With focus on many different muscle groups and learning basic self defense, our kickboxing classes are great to:

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* Gain Self Confidence
This fast-paced class combines heavy cardiovascular endurance with powerful punches and kicks set to high tempo music. It's a tremendous workout that will not only get you in shape, but keep you where you want to be.

One benefit you will have over a local gym is smaller class size, personalized attention and resistance training against a punching bag or instructor. This is not your typical KICKBOXING class taught at a local gym. At USA Martial Arts Kickboxing you will be taught real life kickboxing techniques by professional martial artist, while having fun and burning calories.

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Phoenix Best Children's Martial Arts Academy


USA Martial Arts Phoenix Taekwondo and Self Defense Academy specially designs classes to teach your karate kid FOCUS, CONCENTRATION, and DISCIPLINE. Arm your child with self esteem and the tools to cope with the challenges of the world.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix helps instill strong values and the FOCUS, CONCENTRATION, and DISCIPLINE to successfully navigate the challenges of life.Children today face difficult life issues at a very young age. In the more serious cases kids have to deal with physical and cognitive challenges, abuse, and broken homes. In other instances kids are dealing with self-image problems, bullying, fitting in with peers, academic pressure, athletic pressure, and the cruelties of growing up fast.

Many of these challenges are unavoidable and the best parents can hope for is imparting solid life skills to assist their child in overcoming these challenges.When speaking about these challenges kids often speak in general and indirect terms. They lack the maturity and self-awareness to articulate the problems and formulate direct responses to address their challenges. This “whatever” attitude often manifests itself in a child’s general ambivalence towards everything they don’t like.

The goal for all instructors of USA Martial Arts Phoenix AZ is to assist parents in developing the tools necessary for children to successfully manage the problems they encounter in life.

With a special focus on building FOCUS, CONCENTRATION, and DISCIPLINE, USA Martial Arts Phoenix is committed to instilling strong internal values in the future generation. We welcome students of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds, and encourage parents to discuss the special needs of their child with our instructors.

Register today and get started in Phoenix Best Children Martial Arts Program.

Phoenix Men, Women and Children Unleash Their Inner-Strength at USA Martial Arts Phoenix

Build a Better You

at USA Martial Arts Phoenix

At USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing Phoenix, we help build a better you. We offer a rewarding and family friendly training environment for CHILDREN and ADULTS interested in karate and martial arts in Phoenix.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix training methods take a modern approach to traditional training systems. This creates a positive learning environment while upholding traditional values. Our award winning age specific karate children martial arts taekwondo classes for karate kids starting at 4.5 years are dedicated to life skills education, character development, health and wellness. Our Tigers class is a fundamental kids karate class for 4-6 years of age. We help build their focus and concentration using the One Merit Badge Character Life Skills system. Students in our classes will learn to earn through various life skills and leadership teachings.

In addition, we offer quality instruction for teens and adults in kung-fu application for self-defense, traditional weapons forms and application training, fitness kickboxing, kettlebell functional movement training as well as yoga to increase focus, flexibility and manage stress. All our martial arts classes offer a fun and friendly environment that will challenge each and every student mentally and physically. At USA Martial Arts Phoenix, you will develop that take charge attitude that will have you answering YES I CAN to any situation big or small. Develop a positive attitude, make better choices, get physically fit and build a better you.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Phoenix Taekwondo School Fast Tracks Kids Success

If you live in the Phoenix AZ area and are interested in learning Taekwondo USA Martial Arts Phoenix is the place to be.

Karate Kids Phoenix Taekwondo Children
A Mixed Martial Arts Curriculum with a Taekwondo Character Education Foundation


Many parents struggle with solutions to put their child on the fast track to success, and one such soloution is usually not far from home. It is your local Martial Arts school.

How will Martial Arts change my child's life?:

Phoenix Best Martial Arts for Kids

The difference could be as simple as keeping your child away from peer pressure that leads to drug abuse. Although the answer is much deeper, martial arts will give any child the tools necessary to become a success in life.

Let's face it - we live in a time of Video games, Internet, cable TV and fast food that tastes good. Globally, Type II Diabetes is on the rise in children due to inactivity, high calorie diet, lifestyles, physical eduation cutbacks, and lack of time.

Martial Arts give children a positive way to burn calories, and socialise with quality friends in a safe setiing. It also keeps them away from the TV.

My child doesn't do what he's told:

Martial Arts for Children

Children want structure, and they crave discipline. This makes them feel secure in family, school and public settings. Within their Taekwondo Martial Arts Life Skills and Leadership training they will find the structure and discipline they need to give them the abilty to develop confidence, security, a POSITIVE social network, and of course better manners at home.

My child has no social skills:

The Phoenix Karate Kid Solution

Social skills, (like good manners), eye contact, and public speaking, are developed in each Martial Arts lesson. The USA Martial Arts Taekwondo Phoenix Academy even has a Leadership program where children further develop their leadership skills, becoming the role models for others to follow. Leadership team members learn about showmanship, humility and the courage to perform in a variety of public settings.

I want to improve my child's educational success

Goal setting skills (a major component in Martial Arts training) make a huge difference in anyone's life. By making accomplishments, your child develops a positive self-image. This "positive self visualization" develops academic and athletic success. From soccer, football, to hockey, martial arts can help develop the cross training core strength, flexibility, discipline and attitude to succeed.

So what do I do now?:

How To Do Phoenix Taekwondo

Contact us to get a FREE uniform and lesson for you and your child to experience the benefits of Martial Arts in a safe, controlled, friendly environment.

So for self-defense, fitness, developing inner strength join USA Martial Arts Taekwondo Phoenix Karate Kids AZ today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Enrolling yourself or your child in martial arts classes at USA Martial Arts Phoenix could be the best decision you ever make

In Dr. James Ratey’s book “Spark,” exercise, like the type performed in martial arts classes at the USA Martial Arts Children's Taekwondo and self-defense school, has been proven to grow new stem cells which are later used in the brain to enhance creativity, problem solving and memory.

Enrolling yourself or your child in martial arts classes at USA Martial Arts Phoenix Taekwondo could be the best decision you ever make.

Study after study shows that Taekwondo for Children enhances focus, self esteem, improves behavior, respect and boost grades.

Whether it is the discipline, fitness, self-defense skills or the fresh brain cells, our students get better grades, and adults report clearer thinking and focus at work.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Taekwondo Children's program has been enhancing children's self-esteem, fitness and focus for over 25 years. Our caring instructors are unmatched in their experience and ability to bring out your child's best.



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Best of Phoenix Martial Arts School

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Teaching Arizona Children and Adults a Unique Blend of Traditional and Modern Martial Arts

Taekwondo provides the foundation for the USA Martial Arts Phoenix curriculum. It emphasizes the values, work ethic, motivation and attitudinal lessons that help men, women and children succeed in this fully integrated martial arts curriculum. However there is much more to this school than your typical Taekwondo for Children or Karate Kids corner dojo.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix staff hold Black Belts, in-depth experience and Master Instructor ranks in over six systems including Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Karate, Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, MMA Grappling, XMA and more. The USA Martial Arts Phoenix blend teaches more than most martial arts schools. However, the real focus at USA Martial Arts Phoenix is not Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu or kicks, punches, and throws.

The primary goal at USA Martial Arts Phoenix is to bring out the best in each man, woman and child in our school. Our experience shows the best way to do that is to build a person from the inside out.

  • Inner strength
  • Character & honor
  • Good manners
  • Self confidence
  • Focus & Concentration

That's why the USA Martial Arts program has a rewards system for demonstrating kindness, compassion, good academic performance, community service, respect and citizenship. The result has been thousands of high achieving students and hundreds of outstanding Black Belts. Additionally, USA Martial Arts Phoenix students can compete locally, nationally and internationally. They have opportunities to learn about different cultures, learn Korean, Japanese, Chinese and an appreciation for history.

All of these benefits are in addition to:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Functional strength development
  • Highly effective self defense
  • Positive peer group
  • "Yes I Can" attitude toward life
  • Speed, power and accuracy
If you are interested in professional group or private martial arts lessons for yourself or a child, consider USA Martial Arts Phoenix. Winner BEST OF PHOENIX.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inspirational Speech I AM A CHAMPION

Today gentlemen, I am honored to coach you

More honored to be leading you onto the field of battle
But there’s another honor to be bestowed upon you
And that is in the answer that comes with that question:
That’s right, and you need to remember that all through this game
I will conquer what has not been conquered
Defeat will not be in my creed
I will believe what others have doubted
I will always endeavor to pull esteem, honor, and respect out of my team
I have trained my mind and my body will follow
I will acknowledge the fact that my opponent does not expect me to win
But I will never surrender
Weakness will not be in my heart
I will look to my comrades and to those who are a part of me in this world and those who have trained me
And I will draw strength from them
I will gladly go out into the field of battle
And I will move in everything I can do
And I will reach my field of battle by any means at my disposal
And when I get there, I will arrive violently
I will rip the heart from my enemy, and leave it bleeding on the ground
Because he cannot stop me
To my side I have comrades, comrades that have been with me through thick and thin
Who have sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears
Never will I let them fall, never will I let them down, and I will never leave an enemy behind
Because our opponent does not know my heart
No one will deny me, no one will define me
And no one will tell me who and what I am and can be
Belief will change my world
It has moved continents, it has moved countries, it has put men on the moon
And it will carry me through this battle
Defeat, retreat: those are not in my words
I don’t understand those definitions
I don’t understand when things go wrong
I don’t understand mistakes
But I do understand this:
I understand victory,
And I understand never surrendering
No matter how bad things go my heart and my mind will carry my body through limits and weakness
Today will be that day
Not tomorrow, not next week, but right now, right here
In your house and in your homes
History will remember me
I will not let worrying affect my cause
I will define myself
I will write my own pages
And no one will tell me what I cannot be
I will never give up
Not until Ive given everything I got
Because who am I? I AM A CHAMPION!


USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9 Phoenix, Arizona 85032

Monday, November 14, 2011

How To Talk Your Way Out of Bullying With Verbal Judo

Martial Arts School in Phoenix Offering A BULLYING SEMINAR USING VERBAL JUDO.

November 14, 2011 3:30pm

Saturday Nov. 19th, 2011- USA Martial Arts Phoenix hosts a Comlimentary Bully Seminar using concepts from Verbal Judo- a type of non-violent approach that police officers use to talk suspects down from violence. Law enforcement calls this Tactical Communications Training. USA Martial Arts Phoenix calls it Bully Readiness Training.

Our children face the potential to be bullied every single day by the way they walk, talk, stand, shake hands, etc. Are kids being equipped with the skills they need to deal with the verbal and sometimes physical attacks that bullies will use to feel superior? My response would be not enough. Now, I am not talking retaliation, and I am not considering that the answer is to resort to violence. In our Phoenix karate school, we promote peace and non-violent forms of resolution as the first course of action! Only when you have no choice do you resort to physical contact.

Allow me to give you some tips for your child so that they are less likely to become victim to a bully:

Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To

Everyone has a confidence number between 1 and 5 above their heads. Ask your kids what number they think they are. Tell them that the bully is a 5. This means that they are agressively confident and want to exercise control over others. Tell your child that they do not want to be a 5. Their ideal confidence number is a 3, and that the bully is looking for someone who is a 1 or 2. The bully will see the other person as lesser than her by a comfortable margin. The bully will not typically verbally or physically attack those they feel threatened by. This would harm their egos they lost a power struggle.

Be a 3! You must practice your show of confidence, while not being overbearing.

Have your child practice his or her confidence. Have them practice activities like martial arts that will enhance or build their confidence. Tell them that in groups, your numbers work together.

Public Face

When you walk out of your house, what is your appearance like? Do you hold your head high? Do you make eye contact with others? (this is huge!!! Practice eye contact with your children!) Your public face is what people see. If a bully is looking for a victim, are they looking for the person that shows their confidence?

“Be a 3! Be a 3! Be a 3! Be a 3!”

Anger Guard & Verbal Armor

Do not get angry. This enables the bully and encourages them to continue inflicting pain. When a child does not show anger, the bully will look to other victims and will lose interest in you.

You should practice having thick verbal armor. This protects you from a bully’s attacks. If everything the bully says gets the desired reaction, he/she will continue. This starts by having the right public face or expression of confidence. We practice this in our Cary Karate class.

Neutral Funny Word Block

Bully calls you stupid. You reply with a funny reaction or do not react at all. Do not retaliate by calling them names or saying “It takes one to know one!” This escalates the situation and shows theb ully that you were affected by his/her actions. This is what they thrive on.

Verbal Judo 5-step

1.) Ask Them to Stop. (Tonally Equivalent-match the tone of their voice)

2.) Tell Them Why They Should Stop. (e.g. Our school has a strict anti-bullying policy. I believe that you are violating that. Is that something that you want to do?)

3.) The Verbal or Physical Assault Continues: Give them options.

POSITIVE OPTION FIRST “First of all, you can stop pushing me and we can continue playing on the playground, or I can tell the teacher and you can get suspended from the school, and that’s the last thing I want to do.”

4.) The Verbal or Physical Assault Continues: Ask If

Say “Is there anything that I can do to get you to stop pushing me, I’d like to think so.”

5.) The Verbal or Physical Assault Continues: Take Action.

This can be a number of things. First of all, Take Action does not necessarily mean to retaliate. Talk to your parents about these issues to form a game plan of action.

It could mean running away, telling a teacher,

Public Face

You should use steps 1 – 5 while showing your public face.

“You gotta’ look good and sound good or it’s NO GOOD!”

The 4 Different Points of View of Bullying

Child being bullied or (VICTIM)

The victim of verbal abuse or bullying can suffer from “lowered self-esteem, high stress or fear, depression, anxiety, feelings of loneliness and sometimes suicidal thoughts. Children who are bullied also often have a higher rate of school absences.” (Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD)


Bullying is a way to gain power. Bullies often times experience no shame or guilt. Bullies need just as much help as those that they bully.

Bullying is defined by the American Psychological Association as an aggressive behavior that is intended to cause distress or harm, and that involves an imbalance of power or strength between the aggressor and the victim.


Kids have to band together. This abuse should not be tolerated by anyone.

Persons of Authority

As a parent, we entrust those in authority with the custody of our kids when we drop them off at school, soccer, TaeKwonDo, Neighbors, etc. There has to be an open line-of-communication between parents and those in authority.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix 4731 E. Greenway Suite 9 Phoenix, Arizona 85032 Telephone 602.896.8721 email


John Nottingham is the owner of USA Martial Arts Phoenix and Nottingham Sword & Shield Security Bodyguards. He is a 6th Degree multiple Black Belt holder, licensed Private Investigator, and certified Executive Protection Specialist. He has had a chain of Martial Arts schools in Metro-Phoenix Arizona since 1992 and believes that the highest purpose of a martial arts education is to prepare students for citizenship. They teach their Phoenix martial arts students to manifest the martial arts philosophy and tenets into their daily lives. That is how Nottingham's Tae Kwon Do has become the highest-rated karate school in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Arizona. USA Martial Arts Phoenix is also rated BEST OF PHOENIX! At USA Martial Arts Phoenix, the training doesn't stop on the mat; it transcends the mat! If you are looking for Karate Training in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, visit USA Martial Arts Phoenix at Tatum & Greenway.