Archive for March, 2010

Positive, safe, and clean Martial Arts School for Kids and Families

March 29, 2010

We at USA Martial Arts are on an endless quest for martial arts excellence. To enhance service to our customers, we promise to: Help individuals achieve their goals as a person and a martial artist. Provide a positive, safe, and clean environment for all our students. Keep the safety of our students as our primary concerns. Always teach self-discipline above self-confidence. Instill the values of respect, discipline, confidence and self-reliance. Build and enhance our system of martial arts. Provide the atmosphere of unity that extends out to our family and community.

All Martial Arts Schools Are Not Created Equal.
The USA Martial Arts Schools are celebrating its 18th year in business in Arizona, changing the lives of their students 1 class at a time. Those who study and train at USA Martial Arts enjoy the additional benefits of improved health, a new body awareness and a sense of accomplishment that comes from learning something truly worthwhile.

It’s Great For Kids
Martial Arts is good, clean fun for kids…and a great way to give kids a head start in life. At USA Martial Arts, they’ll learn the positive benefits of self-discipline and confidence, develop coordination and increase strength and flexibility. Because a structure of respect is built into martial Arts, children develop the ability to listen, learn, and achieve within a highly related environment. This proves to be an excellent reinforcement of study techniques for school.

It’s Not All Serious
Just ask the kids. We regularly have social functions, pizza parties, sleepovers and movie nights. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of success and accomplishment, making sure all kids feel great about themselves as they make their journey towards Black Belt. We make learning challenging as well as enjoyable. Not only do our students learn the most, they have the most fun too!

Winners Don’t Wait
Now is the Time Why put it off? Sign up right now for the trial program. Get your child or yourself on the road to self-discovery that will make every stage in life easier. So what are you waiting for?

USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley Scottsdale Arizona
NW Corner of Tatum & Greenway

Safety and Attack Prevention Planning for your Lifestyle and Peace of Mind

March 29, 2010

Security, Self Defense, and Personal Protection Training

Personal Protection. Security Beyond Basic Self Defense

Safety and Attack Prevention Planning for your Lifestyle and Peace of Mind

The following is a summary of the physical, mental, tactical and legal skills taught in the NTS courses curriculum. NTS training programs are mission/context specific and customized to client’s needs.


Principles of structure/base, range, power generation and movement

Why self defense is not fighting or hand to hand combat
Fundamentals of footwork, angles, positioning and built-in defense
Fighting ranges: kicking, striking, in-fighting, grappling
Principles of takedowns and throws
Principles from martial arts: Juijutsu, Brazilian Jiu-jutsu (BJJ), Ninjutsu, Jeet-kune-do, Wing-chun Kung-fu
Critical lessons from history, war and battle strategists that can save your life
Applications of military hand to hand combat hybrids: Krav Maga, Kapap, LINE, Army CQB (close quarters battle)
The Role of Joint manipulation and joint locking for personal defense
Releases and restraints for less dangerous situations
Counters&Defenses; against common attacks
Dealing with the sucker puncher
Dealing with the criminal predator
Ground survival: holding out on the ground, dealing with the grappler or wrestler
Dominating offense: take away the attacker’s ability to fight
Great equalizers: when you need to negate size and strength
Scenario-based training and force-on-force resistance and aliveness drills
Adrenal stress conditioning: train for abnormal physiological state
Beating “freeze response” and panic with fear management techniques
Surviving, countering and/or disarming attacks with edged and impact weapons
Surviving, countering and/or disarming against guns and other firearms
Surviving multiple attacker situations and gang-style attacks
Disarming weapons such as a knife, gun, or club
Off hand tools: Using improvised weapons of opportunity and circumstance

Understanding violence, self-defense, rights and responsibilities
The role of intuition “Gift of Fear” and your premonition of danger survival intelligence
Awareness to alertness / Presence of Mind
Ethical, moral, social self-defense
Effective boundary development how to completely eliminate indecision
Force vs. violence, assertiveness vs. aggression
Inside the criminals mind, criminology 101
How attackers operate – know your enemy
Adrenal stress conditioning: having fear work for you
Effective verbal defense and de-escalation
Bodyguard skill of target hardening: become a hard target in any interaction


Understanding awareness: yellow, orange, red threat zones
Understanding context: yellow, orange and red responses
Realistic threat assessment for your lifestyle
Street smarts: dangerous places, dangerous people and situations
Foreseeing / foretelling violence
How to fail a criminal’s interview
The right habits for self-defense
Home security and defense
Car/auto/vehicle security
Workplace security
Security for traveling
Safer habits and choices


Legal use of force for civilians
Legal requirements for successful self-defense – scenarios
Self-defense vs. fight vs. assault vs. combat
How to avoid criminal charges
How to avoid civil charges
Arresting officer’s perspective
Third party protection
Home/office protection



John Nottingham, EPS is a graduate of Bodyguard Training International / USA Bodyguards. He was trained at Gavin De Becker Academy for Protectors and in Advanced Threat Assessment and Management. A Sixth Degree multiple Black Belt holder he served in a Special Forces Airborne reserve unit as a Military Intelligence Analyst. He is the founder of Nottingham Training Systems, Nottingham Security and the USA Martial Arts chain of schools.

The Firm

NTS Nottingham Training Systems is a public and private sector consulting and training firm specializing in developing mission specific solutions for first responders, law enforcement, military, security and civilians.

Nottingham Sword&Shield Security is the Protective Division of LCI Inc. which provides security strategies and solutions to public and private clientele. Nottingham Security serves and advises media figures, corporations, government agencies, police departments, universities, and at risk persons of situations that might escalate to violence. Nottingham Security’s capabilities include: individual, executive, family, children, event and mobile high and low profile protective services.

FREE Children’s Program in Paradise Valley Scottsdale teaches safety, self esteem and fitness.

March 26, 2010

For Immediate Release

Attention Paradise Valley/Scottsdale Arizona Parents

FREE Kung Fu Kids Fitness, Self Esteem and Safety training program during April – Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Have the peace of mind that goes with knowing your child is trained in the basic skills for personal self defense and safety. USA Martial Arts KUNG FU KIDS ESCAPE SCHOOL will teach your child the skills to recognize and avoid an attempted abduction, common lures used by predators and the most important skill in child safety.

Additionally your child will learn how to handle bullies, build better fitness in a safe and fun manner. Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts will be hosting it’s FREE Kung Fu Kids Safety, Fitness and Self Esteem Enrichment program for the month of April. Fully sponsored by Nottingham Sword & Shield Security and USA Martial Arts so there is no cost or obligation to join.

Since it is fully underwritten by sponsors it is FREE for all children and their parents.

The four week program is designed to teach children how to recognize common ploys and dangerous situations, thereby averting danger and guarding their safety. It is being offered for FREE to the general public on Saturdays starting APRIL 3rd from 10:30 a.m. to 11:20am at USA Martial Arts new location in Paradise Valley/Scottsdale at Tatum and Greenway road. Includes a free shirt. Ages 4-12. Limited space.

The teaching methods used are designed to educate children without instilling fear, but rather enhancing their confidence and awareness. For more information about the upcoming KUNG FU KIDS program, contact us at or visit the USA Martial Arts website at

This is a FREE community service.

Self-Defense Training & Personal Safety Classes

March 24, 2010

Self Defense Training & Personal Safety Classes
Martial Arts Master and Bodyguard Security Expert Opens New Training Facility in Paradise Valley Arizona

Did you know?

– YOU are twice as likely to be assaulted, robbed at gun point, raped or abducted than you are to be seriously injured in a car accident. Sad but true.

– Statistically, ONE in three women will be the victim of a violent crime in their lifetime.

When it comes to the safety of you and your family…

Would you rather be trained or untrained?

– Over 250,000 children are abducted each year in the U.S. alone, Florida has the highest child abduction rate in the nation. Sad but true.

– Children of every age are vulnerable to the risk of bullies. Experts tell us that over 50% of all kids will be bullied at school, on the walk home, at a park or other outing.

When it comes to the safety of your children…

Would you rather see that your child is trained or untrained?



Be a Victor, NOT a Victim! Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts recognizes the dangers in today’s everyday routines and is dedicated to making personal safety awareness a top priority.

We regularly schedule Safety Seminars within our schools, and we also do FREE SEMINARS teach for schools, businesses, or outside locations upon request.

In our Personal Safety Seminars, you will learn to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, develop safety strategies and habits for you and your loved ones. We also offer Bully Buster Seminars and Child Abduction Prevention Seminars.

Our Personal Safety Seminars are open to the public and we encourage you to invite anyone you feel would benefit from these life-saving skills.

Private classes
Group Training and Seminars
Public Speaking

Sponsored by:
Nottingham Sword & Shield Security
Hit Like a Girl -Home & Office Personal Security Parties

Enroll Your Child at USA Martial Arts and See How To Train Your Dragon Free!

March 23, 2010

Come Join The FUN!

Enroll Your Child at USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley By Saturday and See How To Train a Dragon Free!

We’re taking our children’s class students to the movie premier of How To Train Your Dragon this Saturday. Enroll your child before Saturday into one of our regular Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts programs and join the fun. Call now for terms and info (602) 896-8721 so we can buy and reserve your ticket. Dreamworks official movie site.
Here’s the official blog

We enjoy doing little extras for our students. This is just one of the many ways we like to surprise parents by helping create enthusiasm for their kids goals and rewarding dedication. We’ve learned that children enjoy making positive friendships and memories at events like these.

USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley is Special -because of great families like yours.
Unlike many other children’s activities, USA Martial Arts prides itself on being up-front with costs and not nickeling and diming parents at every turn. Sure, we have paid events and extra activities but we also let you know the costs, up-front, and throw in little extra surprises now and then. These happy bonuses are just our way of saying “thanks” for choosing USA Martial Arts PV. We also know that it’s good business and believe that loyal happy parents will help get the word out about the new USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley.

We appreciate you!
We know that as parents you have lots of options for martial arts schools and activities for kids these days. This is just one way for the USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley Team to say thank you for making USA Martial Arts the choice for your child and family.

* Certain rules and conditions apply. Call 602.896-8721
4757 E Greenway Rd Suite #107A
Phoenix, AZ, 85032
602-896-USA1 (8721)
Mon – Thurs:
3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts in Arizona is a unique family oriented facility dedicated to the mental and physical enhancement of the human spirit. Our commitment is to help people be their best. Our specialized martial arts programs for ages 3.5 years to adult.


New Paradise Valley Martial Arts School Opens in Phoenix

March 22, 2010

USA Martial Arts Karate Kids Building Confidence While Having FUN!

Phoenix Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts has provided Taekwondo and martial arts instruction in the metro Phoenix, Scottsdale valley area for over a decade. We provide students, of all ages, with the best possible training while surrounding them with a positive, professional, safe, and challenging learning environment.

Throughout time Taekwondo and Karate have gained a reputation for proven benefits: improved physical fitness andconditioning, better focus and concentration, improved coordination, increased self-confidence and the development of valuable self defense skills. At USA Martial Arts we pride ourselves on offering all of these benefits to each student regardless of age, experience, or initial ability.

We have developed many innovative programs so that all of our students can enjoy the benefits of martial arts training. We offer excellent MMA Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Krav Maga integrative program of study for adults, families, teens, and children. We offer motivating goal oriented programs for beginner, advanced, and black belt students. Truly a full time professional martial arts school, USA Martial Arts offers many convenient class times, industry leading facilities, and career instructors and staff.

In addition to our traditional traditional martial arts programs we’ve developed many specialized youth programs that work to serve the unique needs of our younger members, member families, and the community as a whole. Our TKDTigers Program, A+ AfterSchool Program, SummerCamps, FunCamps, BirthdayParties, and NinjaNights build upon decades of experience working with young children and offer traditional martial arts benefits in positively unique ways.

Over the years we’ve continually worked to make it easy for new members to get started. Additionally, we offer excellent programs for those who already have a martial arts background. It’s easy to get started…and it’s time to experience the benefits of study with PV USA Martial Arts. For more information on our great EasyTrial program please call or simply click on


MMA Mixed Martial Arts Paradise Valley Phoenix

March 22, 2010

Integrative Fitness Self Defense Martial Arts Training

Learn MMA without glorifying unnecessary violence, training with smelly tattooed street thugs or in a dingy dungeon.

The increasing media coverage of the sport since the first UFC in 1993 has created a massive group seeking to learn how to fight like their heroes on TV. They are not looking for traditional martial arts or Tae Bo.

Make no mistake. The EDGE MMA class is not like many so called “martial arts schools” programs that are little more than motivational day care centers governed by the concerns of mothers more than the needs of the student or a McDojo program that turns out Paper Tigers. This is true Mixed Martial Arts designed by Champions, world class MMA athletes and trainers. I don’t mean watered down Taekwondo with some kind of grappling layered in. I mean a stand alone, safe, professional curriculum from top-to-bottom (EDGE MMA is exactly that).

Carlos and Rigan Machado with USA Martial Arts Founder John Nottingham

Master Nottingham with Rigan and Carlos Machado, Chuck Norris trainers and cousins of the Gracies. Their younger brother JJ Machado was a featured trainer at USA Martial Arts and grappled with each student.

Executives Trade in Golf Clubs for Fight Club
Fueled by events like the UFC, PrideFC, IFL, and the hit SPIKE show TUF- The Ultimate Fighter, MMA or Mixed Martial Arts, is the hottest thing going. Founder of Scottsdale Fight Club, Hall of Fame Master John Nottingham claims he has carved out his own niche’. “I personally designed this program because not everyone who wants to learn MMA is a tattooed angry street fighter. In fact, most of those guys don’t last in traditional programs because they don’t like to follow instructions and ritual. Many of our clients are highly successful executives and family men who cannot afford to show up to work the next day with a torn rotator cuff or black eye. By no means are they any less tough or effective, this training specifically designed for a more mature and intelligent individual who respects his health and body. We focus on strategy, technique and emphasize fun and health. It’s a hit!”

Intelligent non-violent people, business professionals and beginners can learn MMA without getting black eye!

“I’ll tell you who is loving our EDGE MAA training–professionals like financial advisors, attorneys, business owners and executives. They are fascinated by what I did with this program. They are hooked by our unique more friendly and professional approach and can’t get enough.” -John Nottingham

Develop explosive speed, strength and flexibility while having the time of your life!
Here is how USA Martial Arts IMPACT MMA is different:
1. The ego is checked at the door
2. No military type instructions and rituals
3. Clean, professional environment with the best gear and mats money can buy
4. A qualified instructor who keeps his focus on you, not his own workout
5. No long term binding contract required
6. No training with kids
7. Seminars and special training with legends and champions
8. Strategy, mechanics and technique is emphasized over brawn
9. Safety is our number one concern
10. Designed specifically for beginners

Skills Areas of MMA
Stand-up: Boxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai to improve footwork, elbowing, kicking, kneeing and punching.
Clinch: Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo, and Judo are trained to improve clinching, takedowns and throws, while Muay Thai is trained to improve the striking aspect of the clinch.
Ground: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, shoot wrestling, catch wrestling, Judo and Sambo are trained to improve submission holds, and defense against them. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and styles of amateur wrestling are trained to improve positioning and maintaining ground control.

The USA Martial Arts Instructors started training in a “Mixed Martial Arts” long before it became popularized by the Gracies, the Ultimate Fighting Championship [UFC] and PRIDE FC. He took the initiative to train with Rigan Machado (Chuck Norris BJJ Trainer)years ago, continued with Chris Lopez (MMA teacher), then traveled to the Gracie Academies to further research. At that time he was a member of the Rickson Gracie Association and continued to travel to expand his knowledge and skill. He hired and trained with top names like Ricco Rodriguez, JJ Machado and 4 time Olympian Mike Swain to come to his schools.

Master Nottingham takes pride in having provided significant educational, meeting and training opportunities to his staff and students including top names like:
Chuck Liddell, UFC Champion
Cung Le, Sanshou World Champion
Royce Gracie, UFC Champion
Mike Swain, 4 time Olympian
Jimmy Pedro, 4 Time Olympian
“Judo” Gene LeBell, “The Worlds most Dangerous Man”
Tito Ortiz, UFC Champion
Matt Hughes, UFC Champion
Randy Couture, UFC Champion
Maurice “Mo” Smith, UFC Champion, Kickboxing Champion
Bas Rutten: King of Pancrase, UFC Champion
Amir Perets, Israel’s heavyweight full-contact martial arts champion, Special Forces Krav Maga teacher
Paul Vunak, NAVY SEAL trainer, protege’ of Dan Innosanto
Marco Ruas, UFC Champion and others.

Master Nottingham is one of only a handful of personally trained and certified Level II instructors in 5 time undefeated UFC Champion Frank Shamrock’s SSF or Shamrock Submission Fighting. Frank Shamrock (not to be confused with Ken Shamrock) is perhaps best known for having soundly defeated both the Gracies (KO in 21 seconds) and Tito Ortiz. USA Martial Arts appears in the recommended officially certified SSF schools in the MMA FOR DUMMIES book by Frank Shamrock.

To get started or request more information simply fill out our online information request form at:
or call

Children’s Martial Arts Fitness Programs & Camps

March 21, 2010

Kicking Up Some Fun at USA Martial Arts Karate for Kids

Tiny Tigers, Dragons and Ninjas
Our pre-school program is designed to develop children’s self esteem, coordination and ability to follow directions. These skills give children an advantage in their ability to learn in school and life.

Little Tigers Kids Martial Arts
Our Little TIGERS program is designed specifically for children ages 5-6. The curriculum is designed to establish a good foundation for a continued education in the martial arts, as well as helping to shape children into healthy, positively minded young people. The classes are energetic with fast paced activities designed to keep children interested and engaged throughout the entire class.

The program uses games, teamwork drills, and instructor lead activities to introduce fundamental self-defense techniques and develop coordination and flexibility. Children are required to work with partners and in teams toward common goals, teaching them how to share and act responsibly within a group. Students are also introduced to some of the basic value and principals of the martial arts such as respect, responsibility, and self-discipline.

If the USA Martial Arts Children’s program seems right for you, we welcome you to participate in our trial program. The trial program allows children to try a few classes before enrolling. To ensure a smooth and comfortable transition into the group class, the first lesson will be with one of our certified instructors where your child will be introduced to the basic techniques used in class. At that point, they’ll be ready to participate in a beginner group class. You’ll be amazed how much they learn in only a few classes!

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Paradise Valley North Scottsdale

Children’s Martial Arts Classes build…

March 20, 2010

Children’s Martial Arts Classes build…

Children Develop a YES I CAN indomitable spirit

Children’s Martial Arts Classes build
“…a sense of responsibility, a sense of commitment, a sense of pride…”

Why are more parents enrolling their children in martial arts classes?
There are many benefits to enrolling your child at Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts Phoenix. The study of martial arts is the only activity that brings together the energy of the mind, the body and the spirit.

USA Martial Arts kids demo at an Arizona Diamondbacks game

Over and over, parents tell us about the surprising improvements they see in their children, in addition to self-defense skills. Self-discipline, more confidence, better listening – their children were capable of these lifeskills and more all along.

It’s the challenge of martial arts, the aim
for excellence, the positive role models and
the practice that brings out the best in children.

At USA Martial Arts PV, children learn 12 Ways to Defeat a Bully – Without Fighting! developed by Dr. Terrance Webster-Doyle.

Will your child learn to defend him or herself from our training? Absolutely yes. Not only will your child learn self-defense, you’ll see more confidence and more control. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what parents say about our Black Belt Success System:

USA Martial Arts teaches Honor and Respect

Parent Testimonials

“USA Martial Arts is the best thing we’ve ever done for our boys.”
Dr. Tim & Cathy L ukavsky
Brian has improved very much since starting the program. He now makes his bed, brushes his teeth, and goes to bed on time without complaining. He even helps out around the house. Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir are a new part of his vocabulary. Thank you very much!”
-Mr. & Mrs. Leggett, Mother of Brian, Mesa

Since Daniel has been in your program, he has been a changed young man. He listens to his Mom and Dad, and he does his chores after asking him only once. He keeps his room in order, as well….He is a great student and was Student of The Month in September. He loves to come to Karate class and his mother and I still have a hard time getting used to being called Yes Sir and Yes Ma’am. We are very proud of him and we appreciate everything and everyone here who has touched his life for the positive.
-Mr. & Mrs. Mariotti, parents of Daniel

Nathen’s self-confidence has improved a great deal and he is overcoming his social fears. Just last weekend he climbed a wall over 60 feet tall on our family rock climbing day. He has never reached the top before. He was very proud but not boastful.
-Ms. Penny Medlock, mother of Nathen

Thank you for all you do for your students and community. Our experience with USA Martial Arts: I’d like to start by saying that Gaby has always been a great kid. She expressed an interest in the martial arts around the age of six. When she was eight, we enrolled her in the trial program at USA Martial Arts, which was conveniently located within the same facility that Gaby’s twin sister took gymnastics. Being a part of this organization improve Gaby’s discipline, her self esteem, her physical ability, she took on and developed leadership qualities, and has acquired an enormous amount of respect for herself and others. She has since acquired her Black Belt at the tender age of eleven. She has always been a kind person, but within the Leadership Program at USA Martial Arts, Gaby has really been able to display her ability to empathize and mentor the younger students. Watching her succeed has stimulated both my wife and I to set and achieve fitness goals for ourselves. In most cases, children learn from their parents, but in our case, we have learned about goal setting from Gaby. In closing, we feel as though Mr. Bravo, Master Nottingham and the whole USA Martial Arts family has more than delivered on all of their promises. We are a part of their family and we feel honored and blessed to say that they are a part of ours.
Arturo Gonzalez, M.D.
Pediatrician, Father of Gaby Gonzalez and IMPACT program member

USA Martial Arts Kids develop focus and concentration


Kids in Tae kwon do Class ->

Our Children’s Classes are separated by age and experience, from Beginner to Black Belt. You’ll find our instructors know how to bring out the best in children. Ask about our Family Plan: “If two people in the family pay, the rest of the family is free!”

If you are interested in dramatic self-improvement, if you have a son or daughter who you would like to see excel, the Trial Program is an excellent opportunity to begin the journey to Black Belt Excellence.

It’s easy to get started.
Just phone one of our two locations.

USA Martial Arts
4757 E Greenway Rd Suite #107A
Phoenix, AZ, 85032
SW Corner Tatum & Greenway
Phone:602-896-USA1 (8721)
Mon – Thurs:3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fri:5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sat:10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Private lessons, consultation, speaking and demonstrations by appointment.
Email questions to:

Look Out Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan, The Karate Kids are Coming to Paradise Valley Phoenix

March 20, 2010

Look Out Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan, The Karate Kids are Coming to Paradise Valley Phoenix

Look out Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan, the Karate Kids are coming to Phoenix. USA Martial Arts is opening its newest location at Tatum and Greenway in Paradise Valley Phoenix.
Designed specifically for families, men, women and children as young as 3 years old can kick and punch their way to fitness and learn much more than just self-defense. Specializing in kids and families the school motto is “Families that kick together, stick together.”

Confidence, self-discipline, focus and character development lessons are integrated into lessons with timeless martial arts wisdom in a positive, encouraging environment. Martial Arts Instructors are each selected for their patience, enthusiasm and positive attitude as well as martial arts skills.

The convenient location in the Albertson’s center on the South West corner of Tatum and Greenway serves the areas of Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Paradise Valley Phoenix.

This USA Martial Arts school is much more than the corner Karate dojo, Tae Kwon Do dojang or Kung Fu gym. The traditional and mixed martial arts classes have something for everybody from fitness, women’s self-defense, Taekwondo Karate for Kids, Teen XMA Parkour Freerunning tricking and stunts, personal training, and special guest teachers.

Serving the Phoenix, North Scottsdale areas of Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, Desert Ridge Arizona. New USA Martial Arts School located at Tatum and Greenway.