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.

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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?:

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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.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Phoenix Martial Arts Instructor Teaches Peace Prior to Punches

How a Phoenix Martial Arts Instructor is Using a Peace Philosophy to Teach Children and Adults How To Prevent Bullying and Stand Up For What Is Right

One of the more common misconceptions about martial arts is that it teaches violence. At it's core, most traditional systems subscribe to a code of ethics and peaceful philosophy that promotes non-violence.

A true martial artist is probably the most peaceful person you will meet. Martial Artists work on understanding aggression, anger, and human conflict as well as study history and philosophy. These lessons instill in the martial artist both compassion and humility.

The battle avoided cannot be lost. -Sun Tsu
Defeat Bullying in Phoenix AZ
When most people think of martial arts they think of Karate kids throwing high kicks and punches. However, at USA Martial Arts Phoenix, Taekwondo Master Instructor John Nottingham and his staff are teaching people the Art of Peace and How To Defeat Bullying. Not only is Nottingham a 6th Degree multiple Black Belt holder but an owner of a law enforcement and bodyguard training company as well.

Phoenix Kids Learn Verbal Judo To Avoid Bullying
Our USA Martial Arts Phoenix school teaches VERBAL JUDO techniques to our students that we've been using for law enforcement for years. Through class instruction, school assemblies, seminars and role playing USA Martial Arts Phoenix teaches at local schools, companies and anywhere they can share their positive message of avoiding violence and protecting others.

Verbal Judo Tactical Communication Redirects Negative Behavior
These lessons in Verbal Judo are called tactical communication and fit perfectly with our martial arts and self defense curriculum. It applies to men, women and children of all ages. Students learn:
  • What is bullying and the types of bullying
  • What are the warning signs for a bullying situation set up
  • How can I stop bullying when I see it
  • Reporting methods for bullying
  • Clever Verbal Judo comeback lines to stop bullying fast
  • What happens and what to do after Verbal Judo

Verbal Judo Reduces Conflict and Prevents Bullying
By equipping students with life skills and negotiation skills they can prevent verbal attacks from escalating. From issues of harassment and bullying, on the playground, at school or in the workplace, these tactical communication skills arm students with the tools and confidence they need to prevent verbal bullying attacks from escalating.

Field Tested Tactics:
Over 700,000 law enforcement officers have been trained in the tactics of verbal judo. These same techniques are now used everyday by children all over the Phoenix area. They are putting to use what they learn in our Verbal Judo classes to stop bullies in their tracks with just words.

Effective Communication:
Verbal Judo isn't just about stopping bullies and bad guys. These communication skills transcend all levels. We teach kids how to keep their cool when angry, how to respond appropriately to someone that is mad at them, and how to really listen to what others are communicating.

Peace Prior to Punches:
At USA Martial Arts Phoenix, we teach our karate kids not only how to defend themselves but when it is appropriate to do so. Using the Verbal Judo Five Steps, your child will know how to respond to various threat levels and also be able to defend their actions at school when faced with a bully.
If you would like to have USA Martial Arts Phoenix or John Nottingham come to your school, classroom or speak at an assembly or company contact

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Phoenix Martial Arts Instructor Offers Verbal Judo for Bullying Prevention

Hello my name is John Nottingham of USA Martial Arts Phoenix. As part of our community outreach program we are offering our Bullying Prevention Verbal Judo Tongue Fu Training. These are some of the same concepts and strategies that have been around for nearly 30 years and taught to thousands of Police Departments and Law Enforcement officers.

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Clever Comeback Line Using Verbal Judo Tongue Fu

Not only am I a 6th Degree multiple Black Belt holder but I own a Security and Bodyguard training company. I don't state that to impress you, but to impress upon you that I can help. My team and I have been teaching these concepts to military, bouncers, doormen, security officers and others for decades because they work.

  • Did you know that over 700,000 Police Officers have been trained in Verbal Judo?
  • Did you know that the founder Dr. George Thompson was a professor, Police Officer and martial arts Master? He founded Verbal Judo on the non-violent strategies of ancient martial arts self-defense wisdom.
Our BULLY PROOF VEST program teaches the 3 Shields of Protection and is specifically designed to train children in how to de-escalate, deter and defend would-be bullying situations. They learn to derail an escalating bullying situation using verbal skills that are proven in the field.

In This Bullying Prevention Program Children Learn:

  • How to stay centered, calm and emotionally separated from the situation
  • How to respond rather than react to insults, taunts, exclusion or manipulation
  • How to recognize anger triggers and avoid them
  • How to retain their dignity and help themselves out of sticky situations
  • How to stay strong, show confidence and be socially assertive without being aggressive
Included are role playing scenarios where children learn how people make decisions and judgments based on first impressions. They learn to use humor, and project inner-strength to not appear as good targets for bullying. Children learn to use appropriate responses through verbal judo practice and clever comeback lines.

In our Bullying Prevention program, children learn to become more self-aware and how others may perceive them. This goes a long way in helping them understand self defense skills that transcend bullying protection and extend into other areas of personal safety.

This Bullying Prevention Program is Designed To Work in the Real World:
  • Bullying Prevention at the Playground
  • Bullying Prevention in and Around School
  • Bullying Prevention around Their Neighborhood
These Bullying Prevention Skills are designed for practical use and are taught in a simple, fun, step-by-step format. Plus because we are martial artists and do an exciting demonstration, children pay attention and retain lessons longer. It sure can spice up your next school assembly, meeting or discussion on Bullying Prevention.

If you are interested in learning our unique method of Bullying Prevention including our pre-contact Verbal Judo tactics, contact us at


USA Martial Arts Phoenix is a proud member of The Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative "Phoenix Bully Proof Project" and the Bullying Prevention Initiative International.

Monday, November 7, 2011

All Martial Arts Schools Are NOT Created Equal

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
A Unique Martial Arts School Teaching Lessons Beyond The Kick, Punch and Throw

1. USA Martial Arts Phoenix is more of a team, family and traditional martial arts organization than a typical corner Karate business. Relationship is far more important than the business transaction. You'll be invited in to try it and get to know the students and staff without the hard sales pitch.

2. The school will take the time to get to know you, your child, and goals. Most of our members are with us for many years. That says something important about what we believe and how USA Martial Arts Phoenix staff leads by example. USA Martial Arts Phoenix instructors are among the most trained in the industry, lead by example and are positive role models.

Recommendations from Friends

  • Brett LechtenbergThis is the best martial arts school in Arizona. The friendlly, knowledgeable and professional staff can help you reach your goals.
  • Esmeralda Moran-Villa
    We love USA Martial Arts! Diana and Darian are very respectful and having been to only 3 classes so far we can already see a huge improvement in their self confidence and they are all about self control and self discipline all on there own thanks to everyone at USA Martial Arts!
3. USA Martial Arts stands for something far beyond the kick, punch and throw. USA Martial Arts Phoenix curriculum is designed to help bring out an individuals best. From earning a Black Belt, developing self confidence, discovering inner-strength, to getting into the best shape of your life - USA Martial Arts Phoenix instructors are here to help you reach your goals.

4. Fully equipped facilities. USA Martial Arts Phoenix is of the largest, cleanest facilities in the area for learning authentic martial arts.

5. USA Martial Arts Phoenix curriculum is unique in that it integrates several traditional and modern martial arts systems including Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-jitsu and Kickboxing. Our instructors have diverse backgrounds that include Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Hapkido and more. The staff is unmatched in experience in the region.

6. USA Martial Arts Phoenix selects the students it wants to work with. Not everyone is right for this school. Do you think you have what it takes to be a part of this internationally recognized martial arts academy?

7. Internationally recognized, certified and registered. (Research some of the other schools in the area and you might be surprised at what you find.) This is not a McDojo or Belt Factory. Students still do push ups, contact sparring, board breaking and are not automatically passed in belt rank. However, the staff will go the extra mile to help students advance - including giving extra help attention when needed.

8. One of the most passionate Master Instructors and owners in the martial arts. You are encouraged to look at other schools and do research on our instructors and background. USA Martial Arts Phoenix is very confident in what you'll find.

9. Proven track record with decades of teaching experience, international training tours, hosting international teams (Korean Eagles Taekwondo Demo Team), creating cultural learning opportunities, and a host of other benefits no other sport or activity can offer.

10. A genuine love for teaching people the time tested wisdom of classical martial arts and effective modern self defense in an enjoyable atmosphere where honor is not just a word.



USA Martial Arts Phoenix | Scottsdale REVIEWS
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Sugabug ‎ - Oct 25, 2011
Amazing instructors and a very positive influence on both adults and children.
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Oct 25, 2011
If you are looking for a positive environment to work out and learn self defense for yourself or your kids, this is the place for you!
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Oct 25, 2011
The Impact kickboxing classes here are unbelievable!! I have been pushed harder and farther than I ever imagined. The level of intensity and high energy that each student brings makes these classes a weekly routine that I will continue for years to come. Thanks to John Nottingham and the team at USA Martial Arts, I am transforming right before my eyes.
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Trey ‎ - Oct 25, 2011
This school is awesome! I wish I could go every night!!
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JD ‎ - Jun 30, 2011
Best ever!
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quality martial arts training in Scottsdale & Phoenix
If you want to learn real Martial Arts Skills, from a real Master, this is the place for you!
i have been practicing martial Arts for 10 years now, 2years of Kung Fu, and 8 years of Judo.
i recently moved to Phoenix AZ, and started searching for a new Dojo to Practice in. i have tried 10 different Martial arts centers, and all were very disappointing.
luckily i finally found USA Martial Arts.
i highly recommend this school; Master Nottingham and his team are amazing.
Great conditioning drills, attention to detail, safe, and very very knowledgeable instruction. - Dana Sterling


USA Martial Arts

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