Archive for May, 2010

How to Get a Security Guard Job in Arizona. Seven Tips To Get Hired Fast.

May 29, 2010


Here are some tips to get a job in Security.

As an owner of a DPS Licensed Security Agency in Arizona and an AZ guard card trainer for other agencies, I have a unique perspective on security job hiring. I see numerous applicants every day hoping to get work in the security industry.

Most are seeking something temporary due to a recent job loss or their goal is to eventually transition to other law enforcement agency like Police, Corrections, Border Patrol or the Sheriffs Office (MCSO in my area). Others are working their way up the ladder to Executive Protection [EP], PI, FBI, or other related goals. Some are simply seeking a way to supplement their incomes.

No matter what your situation, these tips will help you get a position and perhaps advance faster to higher pay.

So you’ve searched Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Jobing.com and Craigslist.com. Now what?

Here are some quick tips to get the edge and get hired quickly.

Security Guards are in High Demand


Get Hired as a Guard

1. Know before you go. Do some research on the company and be prepared to position your skills to fit their needs. A Google search, website screening, phone call and asking some employees goes a long way. Most of the applicants I meet are clueless as to the Security Agencies mission, target client, management or needs.

Knowing about the security firm you wish to work at and it’s key management leaders is a big advantage.

Recently, a young man approached our counter and asked if we were hiring. I asked what he knew about the security company. He replied in street lingo, “Basitly, not much. I just need a job bro.” Not exactly the best first impression.

2. Prepare your documentation. AZ requires a DPS Guard Card [see step 7]. Prepare your resume’ or curriculum vitae (CV) so that it can be sent electronically [via email or fax] or hand carried and presents a professional image.

Most agencies will also require an extensive application along with your background check.

Sometimes you can use a bio on their website as a model for how they like to see things. If you are former LEO or Military, be prepared to provide that documentation [DD-214] as well. Some security companies require at least 2 years experience in LE or Military while others do not.

An important part of security is communications. A security guard might have to testify in court or his statement/report be used in an investigation. Make sure you take the time to read directions, communicate clearly, check spelling, write legibly and pay attention to detail. These are indications of your education, communication and report writing skills.

3. Integrity matters. Tell the truth. You can put things in a positive light but be cautious not to embellish. This might lead to suspicion about your trustworthiness.

“Don’t write a check with your mouth that your butt can’t cash.”

One day we had a young man present himself like he was God’s gift to us. He gushed about his extensive military background and EP (Executive Protection Security) experience. I thought we would need to get a DNA test done because this guy might be related to Rambo himself! The only problem was that he was full of it and I caught him in a lie as he exaggerated and overstated his abilities. I knew the guys he claimed to work with. Security is a small world. Word gets around. Just be honest and open to learn. None of us are perfect so just be your best “you”. Professional agencies will always verify your claims.

The less like REX the better for Security


4. Confident is not cocky. Confidence is projected in your eye contact, firm handshake, posture, and choice of words and attire. Being cocky is a sign of insecurity and arrogance. A professional security guard is a polite, customer service oriented, positive person and worthy of trust. Furthermore, he or she needs to demonstrate a willingness to learn, not a “know-it-all” attitude.

5. Dress for success and make a positive impression. Dress professionally for the job you want and get there at least 15 minutes early. Pay attention to grooming. Remember that Guard Security is usually a high-profile position in the public eye. You will mostly likely be representing the client so a professional appearance is important. Consider also that most people in supervisory and hiring roles will be former military and favor more military-style grooming standards. It may also be a more corporate oriented agency.

Getting to the interview early and dressed professionally indicates that you are more likely accountable, trustworthy, organized and respectful.

If you roll in looking like an 80s metal hair band wanna-be or a couch potato video game, haven’t-showered-in-3-days kid, you aren’t likely to be taken seriously. Sagging hip hop pants and worn skater shoes are not the best choice. Self respect, judgment and discipline are reflected in outward appearance and grooming.

6. Don’t look down on Security Guards. Check your attitude. Security Guards serve a critical role in Homeland Security as they eyes and ears of law enforcement on the front lines. From fighting terror, keeping families and children safe to being responsible for millions in assets, SECURITY is an important profession worthy of respect. If you treat it as a joke or less than what it is, your chances for getting hired in the security field diminish significantly.

If you think jelly-donut-eating, out of shape, insecure Paul Blart Mall Cop represents security, you need to get educated and reshape your perspective before applying. Replace the Barney Fife notion so you don’t talk down about the profession or let that show at an interview.

Security Guard Stereotype


Sadly, these types of “guards” do exist and we have all seen it. However, it is not representative of security at every level.

Remember that it was a security manager who was the hero of 9-11. Because of his evacuation drills, thousands of lives were saved.

Some Bodyguards Got Started in Guard Security


Private security is encompasses the executive protection [Bodyguard] profession who can earn upwards of $1,500 per day. Many in security are decorated military and war veterans and/or former law enforcement.

As with any industry, there are the good and bad. Choose to be part of the good. Get training, act professionally and conduct yourself with self-discipline and integrity.

7. Education is power. Your training and experience is critical. This is not an area to be cheap just to save a few bucks.

Good training is worth its weight in gold and just might save your life.

Every security professional knows the value of good training and education. This is one of the most important areas I look for in employees. It reveals attitude, perseverance, willingness to learn, the ability to follow directions, pay attention to detail and complete goals. Education and training are the keys to increasing your value, therefore pay, and potential for advancement in the security industry. Industry organizations such as ASIS are great resources for training.

Success leaves clues- education and training are big ones.

Professional Training Leads to Professional Advancement

Choose the best security guard card training you can find. Who you trained with weighs heavily on whether or not you will get the job as a security guard.

Sometimes security training companies will offer you a job if you do well enough in their guard card training course. So think of it as a job interview – because it is!

Some companies like ours might offer you a reference or letter of recommendation for placement.

No matter what your career goals in security you are wise to choose such a growing field. Well trained and experienced Security Professionals futures are very bright indeed. Even if you do not choose our company for training, do yourself a favor and choose wisely.

Best wishes and stay alert, safe and strong. In the end, we are all on the same team.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. In times of transition and uncertainty it’s nice to have help in your corner.

John D. Nottingham, PI, EPS
Owner Nottingham Sword & Shield Security

Member ASIS

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Helpful links:

Arizona Security Guard Training School
Bodyguard Academy

Nottingham Tactical Security Guard Training Classes offer Armed Guard Training and much more.

Arizona Armed Guard Training – AZ DPS Armed Guard Card Class – Phoenix Armed Guard School – AZ Armed Security Guard Training Class.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Security Guard Licensing Unit and Security Guard Card Requirements

http://licensing.azdps.gov/Licensesecurityguard.asp

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Arizona Security Guard Training School

May 26, 2010

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Arizona Security Guard Training School
NTS TACTICAL/Nottingham Sword & Shield Security- the most respected and unconventional Arizona Security Guard training school for DPS licensing certificate.

Questions and Answer Guide on how to get your AZ Guard Card fast.

Q. How old must I be to receive my AZ Armed Guard Card?
A. 18 years of age

Q. Where is the Guard Card training held?
A. NTS Tactical 4731 E. Greenway Suite 10, Phoenix AZ 85032 Tel.602.896.8721

Q. Who can I contact for Security Guard Training Questions?
A. Office: Tel.602.896.8721

Q. How long is my Armed Guard Card good for?
A. 2 years with no grace period

Q. How long is the Unarmed Security Guard Class?
A. The course is 8 hours in length.

Q. How long is the Armed Security Guard Card Class?
A. The course is 16 hours in length.

Q. Can I renew my Armed Security Guard Card in Arizona?
A. Yes, NTS Tactical Security Guard Training Classes offer Armed Guard Training and much more.

Arizona Armed Guard Training – AZ DPS Armed Guard Card Class – Phoenix Armed Guard School – AZ Armed Security Guard Training Class.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Security Guard Licensing Unit and Security Guard Card Requirements
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May 23, 2010

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Power To Arrest / Weapons of Mass Destruction / Terrorism Awareness (Mandatory, 8 hours)
Public Relations- Community & Customer
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Communication and Its Significance
Liability and Legal Aspects
Post Orders and Assignments
Company Policies/Orientation
Evacuation Procedures
Officer Safety
Arrests, Search and Seizures
Access Control
Trespass
Criminal Laws
Handling Difficult People
Workplace Violence
Chemical Agents [OC Pepper Spray]
Preserving the Incident Scene
Crowd Control
Driver Safety
Security Supervision
Courtroom Demeanor
Parking/Traffic Control
Radio Procedures

NTS TACTICAL
Use of Force Tactical Training Arizona USA

NTS TACTICAL of Arizona Offers Professional Training
“Unconventional Training for today’s First Responders…Law Enforcement, Military, Security and Corrections”

We provide risk management, officer development, firearms training, defensive tactics solutions, handcuffing, pepper spray and Taser instruction at all levels.

For military, law enforcement officers, security or corrections, NTS TACTICAL in Arizona is leading the way in cutting edge training.

Contact Information
NTS Tactical
602-896-8721

Professional Security Guards www.azsecuritypros.com
Professional Martial Arts http://www.usa-martialarts.com/
Professional Criminal Histories http://www.crimshield.com/
Arizona Department of Public Safety http://www.azdps.gov/
Glock Firearms http://www.glock.com/
JSNitro http://jsnitro.com
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Security Guard Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) governing SG Licenses

May 23, 2010

Security Guard Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) governing SG Licenses

Training today’s First Responders…Law Enforcement, Military, Security and Corrections

SOURCE: HTTP://LICENSING.AZDPS.GOV/LICENSESECURITYGUARD.ASP

SECURITY GUARD

Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) governing SG licenses

Security Guards: Title 32, Chapter 26

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=32
Who must be licensed

You must be licensed if…

…You work for a security guard agency that pays you to provide security guard services to other companies.
Until you are licensed by DPS, you cannot wear a uniform and/or stand post as a Security Guard.

Licenses from other states are not recognized in Arizona.

Unless you fall under one of the Exceptions in ARS 32-2606, providing security guard services without a license is a class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, a violation of these regulations can prevent you from obtaining a license in the future.

You do not need a license if…

…You work for a proprietary company as explained in Exceptions. A proprietary company pays you to be their security guard.
Note to Peace Officers: Peace officers operating a security agency (business) must be licensed per the requirements of this website. This means the submission of an application, fees, a workman’s compensation policy, liability insurance, a list of employees and a recent letter from the agency head (or designee) that the officers may wear department uniforms and drive department vehicles. If your agency will not permit the use of agency uniforms and vehicles, you must follow the instructions below pertaining to security uniforms and vehicles. Recent inquiries of various risk management and human resources entities has shown that they WILL NOT cover officers working in this capacity, the only exception is typically if the job was coordinated through an authorized agency off duty work coordinator – check with your department for further information as the policy may vary between agencies. If your agency will cover you in this security capacity, submit a written statement from BOTH your HR and Risk Management directors, in addition to all the other required application paperwork. Consult with your agency head and HR department before creating a security business due to conflicts related to peace officer status and liability while working for a security company.

Unarmed Security Guard

The Unarmed Security Guard license allows you to work for any DPS-licensed security guard agency in the state.

The card belongs to you.

Expiration will be two years from the date DPS processed the application.

New hire, or more than 90 days expired

Steps

1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Security Guard agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Applicationand an authorized person signs it.

2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

3. Submit fingerprints.

4. Submit a color photograph of your face.

5. Complete the 8-hour pre-assignment training course.

6. Submit the training verification, signed and dated by the agency.

7. Submit $74 cash, money order, company or cashier’s check payable to DPS. This covers the $50 license fee and the $24 fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.
Renewal

Less than 60 days before the expiration date

Less than 90 days past the expiration date (add $10 late fee)

Steps

1. Complete and sign the Employee section of the Registration Application.

2. Submit fingerprints.

3. Submit a color photograph of your face. (If appearance has changed)

4. Complete the 8-hour pre-assignment training course.

5. Submit the training verification, signed and dated by the instructor.

6. Submit $74 cash, money order, company or cashier’s check payable to DPS. This covers the $50 license fee and the $24 fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

Armed Security Guard

New hire, or more than 90 days expired

Expiration date will be two years from when DPS processed the application.

An Unarmed Security Guard license will also be issued.

Steps

1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Armed Security Guard agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

3. Submit fingerprints.

4. Submit a color photograph of your face.

5. Complete the 8-hour pre-assignment security guard training course.

6. Submit the training verification, signed and dated by the agency.

7. Complete 16 hours of pre-assignment firearm training from a certified firearms instructor.

8. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

9. Submit $124 cash, money order, company or cashier’s check payable to DPS. This covers the $100 license fee and the $24 fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.
“Upgrade” from an Unarmed Security Guard license

Expiration date will be the same as your current Unarmed Security Guard license.

Each Armed Security Guard license permits you to work only for the agency that sponsored your armed application. This agency name will appear on the face of your Armed Security Guard card.

If your Unarmed Security Guard license is not expired AND submission of fingerprint card was LESS than 90 days ago …

Steps

1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Security Guard Armed agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

3. Submit a color photograph of your face. (If appearance has changed)

4. Complete the 16-hour firearm training course from a certified instructor.

5. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

6. Submit $50 cash, money order, company or cashier’s check payable to DPS. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

If your Unarmed Security Guard license is not expired AND submission of fingerprint card was MORE than 90 days ago …

Steps

1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Security Guard Armed agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

2. Submit Fingerprints.

3. Submit a color photograph of your face. (If appearance has changed)

4. Complete the 16-hour firearm training course from a certified instructor.

5. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

6. Submit $74 cash, money order, company or cashier’s check payable to DPS. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

Renewal

Less than 60 days before the expiration date

Less than 90 days past the expiration date (add $10 late fee)

Steps

1. Complete and sign the Employee section of the Registration Application.

2. Submit Fingerprints.

3. Submit a color photograph of your face. (If appearance has changed)

4. Complete the 8-hour refresher security guard training course.

5. Submit the refresher training verification, signed and dated by the instructor.

6. Complete the 8-hour firearm training course from a certified instructor.

7. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

8. Submit $124 cash, money order, company or cashier’s check payable to DPS. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.
Additional Armed Security Guard licenses

A separate Armed license is required for each job

You may work as an Armed Security Guard for as many agencies as you wish. An additional Armed Security Guard license, however, must be issued for each agency.
Expiration date will be the same as your Unarmed license

Each Armed Security Guard card belongs to you. If your job with an agency ends, you may keep the card to show to a future employer

This License cannot be issued while you wait at the window

Fingerprint card is not required

Steps

1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Armed Security Guard agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

3. Submit a color photograph of your face. (If appearance has changed)

4. Submit $10 cash, money order, company or cashier’s check payable to DPS. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

5. Submit proof of identification, such as a Drivers License.
Firearms training requirements

A new Armed Security Guard must have 16 hours of documented training from a DPS-Certified Firearms Instructor. An Armed agency will advise who should train you.

If your Armed Security Guard license is more than 90 days past the expiration date, you are considered “New” and must have 16 hours of documented training from a DPS-Certified Firearms Instructor.

Every calendar year after the issuance of the Armed Security Guard license you must have 8 hours of refresher training from a DPS-Certified firearms instructor. The signed Armed Training form must be provided to DPS. This must be received at DPS no later than January 5 of the following year.

If Armed Security Guard firearms refresher training is not received by DPS for each calendar year, your Armed Security Guard license(s) will be suspended.
*New* Security Guard Firearms Instructor Applications and Renewals
Links to Revised Lesson Plans for Security Guard Training

Concealed Weapons Permit training

Concealed Weapons Permit training cannot be substituted for Armed Security Guard firearms training. Although firearms instructors are often certified by both Licensing and CWPU, the actual training is different. A DPS Licensing-Certified Security Guard firearms instructor must train you. No other firearm training is authorized.

A Concealed Weapon Permit does not authorize you to work as an Armed Security Guard.

HELIX TACTICAL
Use of Force Tactical Training Arizona USA

HELIX TACTICAL of Arizona Offers Professional Training
“Training today’s First Responders…Law Enforcement, Military, Security and Corrections”

100% Operator satisfaction is not our goal, it is our motto.

Helix Tactical is committed to excellence in training. Operator development and safety are paramount to the success of Helix Tactical. We are committed to providing unbiased advice and prudent strategies in our training to all of our clients based on an agencies Standard Operating Procedures and limiting officer and agency liabilities and injuries.
Our services are always tailored to your unique needs and will be customized to each operators personal skill set and physical abilities and equipment. We provide risk management, officer development, firearms training, defensive tactics solutions, handcuffing, pepper spray and Taser instruction at all levels.

Our fee-only approach allows us to serve you without compromise. Our promise is simple…If you are not satisfied with our training and we can’t make it right you don’t pay. 100% Operator satisfaction is not our goal, it is our motto.

For military, law enforcement officers, security or corrections, HELIX TACTICAL in Arizona is leading the way in cutting edge training.

http://HelixTactical.com
Contact Information
Helix Tactical
2111 E. Baseline Rd.
Suite F-8
Tempe, Arizona 85283
Office: 602-721-6421
Office: 480-345-0345
Fax: 480-345-0347

Professional Security Guards www.azsecuritypros.com
Professional Martial Arts http://www.usa-martialarts.com/
Professional Criminal Histories http://www.crimshield.com/
Arizona Department of Public Safety http://www.azdps.gov/
Glock Firearms http://www.glock.com/
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LABELS: AZ GUARD CARD TRAINING CLASS, HOW TO GET AZ GUARD CARD, SECURITY GUARD ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES (ARS) GOVERNING SG LICENSES

Training today’s First Responders…Law Enforcement, Military, Security and Corrections

May 22, 2010

HELIX TACTICAL Training Group


HELIX TACTICAL
Use of Force Tactical Training Arizona USA

HELIX TACTICAL of Arizona Offers Professional Training
“Training today’s First Responders…Law Enforcement, Military, Security and Corrections”

100% Operator satisfaction is not our goal, it is our motto.

Helix Tactical is committed to excellence in training. Operator development and safety are paramount to the success of Helix Tactical. We are committed to providing unbiased advice and prudent strategies in our training to all of our clients based on an agencies Standard Operating Procedures and limiting officer and agency liabilities and injuries.

Our services are always tailored to your unique needs and will be customized to each operators personal skill set and physical abilities and equipment. We provide risk management, officer development, firearms training, defensive tactics solutions, handcuffing, pepper spray and Taser instruction at all levels.

Our fee-only approach allows us to serve you without compromise. Our promise is simple…If you are not satisfied with our training and we can’t make it right you don’t pay. 100% Operator satisfaction is not our goal, it is our motto.

For military, law enforcement officers, security or corrections, HELIX TACTICAL in Arizona is leading the way in cutting edge training.

http://HelixTactical.com
Contact Information
Helix Tactical
2111 E. Baseline Rd.
Suite F-8
Tempe, Arizona 85283

Office: 602-721-6421
Office: 480-345-0345
Fax: 480-345-0347

Professional Security Guards www.azsecuritypros.com
Professional Martial Arts http://www.usa-martialarts.com/
Professional Criminal Histories http://www.crimshield.com/
Arizona Department of Public Safety http://www.azdps.gov/
Glock Firearms http://www.glock.com/
Heckler and Koch Firearms http://www.hk-usa.com/military_products/military_home.asp
Sig Sauer Firearms http://www.sigsauer.com/CustomerService/CatalogRequest.aspx
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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

May 9, 2010


The perfect Mother’s Day Gift

This year give an original gift that keeps on giving. The gift of peace of mind. Help the Mom you love gain confidence that comes from knowing she has effective personal security (we try not to call it women’s self-defense).

HIT LIKE A GIRL
Home or Office Parties
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1311975087#!/pages/Hit-Like-a-Girl/339618134337?ref=ts

Our Goal…
is to teach bodyguard security skills to women in a fun, supportive atmosphere that fosters a sense of empowerment and awareness. It is entertaining, safe and rewarding. Plus a portion of proceeds are donated to charity.

Website:http://BeMyOwnBodyguard.com

Company Overview:
Hit Like a Girl home and office parties were founded by two dedicated Bodyguards and Black Belt Martial Arts instructors. HLG presents unique strategies for personal security in new, entertaining and an enjoyable manner.

Mission:
Fun Empowerment of Women with Bodyguard Strategies for Personal Protection, Peace of Mind emphasizing Brains Over Brawn.

Empower Yourself with Peace of Mind
Our Women’s Only Self Defense Series is a great way to give you the edge in personal protection – all in a comfortable, safe training environment. Come in and let our staff pamper you while we teach you effective personal safety skills.

Products:Training Seminars, Home Parties, Books, Tasers, Pepper Spray, and Personal Security Strategies for a Bodyguard’s Version of Women’s Self Defense

To get your certificate or for more info call: 602.896.8721

Bullies to Buddies

May 8, 2010

Free Bully to Buddy Workshop


BULLIES TO BUDDIES FREE CHILD SAFETY TRAINING EVENT IN PHOENIX, SCOTTSDALE, PARADISE VALLEY

When: Saturday May 21st 5-6pm and Saturday May 22nd 10:30-11:30
Ages: 5-12 (Parents must attend with their children – no drop offs)
Fee: FREE

DID YOU KNOW?

* 77% of students have been bullied at some point
* 1 of 10 dropouts are due to bullies
* 100,000 kids carry a gun to school, some for protection from bullies
* 282,000 kids are attacked in high school every month

Learn the Do’s & Don’ts when dealing with Bullies and the reasons why NOT to Bully. Tell or not tell on a Bully? Learn the cardinal rule for this and you as parents can teach your child about how to properly handle bullies.

– When to Tell or Not To Tell on a Bully
– Awareness Drills
– Combating Negative Comments
– Confidence Building Drills

Location:
USA Martial Arts
4757 E Greenway Rd Suite #107A
Phoenix, AZ, 85032
Phone:
602-896-USA1 (8721)
Register or more info: info@usa-martialarts.com

Sponsored by Nottingham Sword & Shield Security

The Down and Dirty Truth About USA Martial Arts

May 8, 2010

The Down and Dirty Truth about USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley Scottsdale

Yet another Karate school opens in a shopping center in Arizona. The latest is located at Tatum and Greenway roads in PV on on the Scottsdale/Phoenix boarder in the Albertson’s Center. While they have an impressive website, is it all it’s cracked up to be? You decide.

Here’s a fact sheet on USA Martial Arts:

o In Arizona since 1992. This is the latest location. Other locations included Mesa, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Peoria and Glendale.
o Required background checks on all instructors.
o Required instructor training of over 500 hours.
o Do not allow kids to teach classes
o Require instructors to pass regular PT tests
o Require First Aid Certification including AED and pediatric
o Require instructors to lead by example (and have thrown out instructors who refuse to live up to the standards – some of whom have schools in the area)

No appeasing the weak for the sake of a dollar here:

o Require push ups
o Require breaking boards for belt rank advancement
o Have a Master conduct all belt testing at a separate event
o Require cleanliness, modesty and ban foul language or bad attitudes
o Dismiss students who might misuse what they learn
o Fail students who do not make requirements of the set curriculum
o Do not allow 6 year olds to demand being called Mr. or Mrs. or promoted to an adult Dan grade title of Black Belt. Instead children have their own ranking system and can earn a Junior Black Belt but are always required to respect adults.
o Require students to actually be able to defend themselves in order to be promoted to Black Belt.

You can see all of this in person and by speaking to the parents and students. USA Martial Arts offers an open door policy to watch or try any class free without obligation or binding contract. The instructors encourage visitors to do background checks on them and visit other schools. The advertising also guarantees 100% satisfaction or money back.

So for some, this old school approach to earning rank and having discipline may seem too harsh. For others, it might be just the right place for their children to train. The best way to find out is to stop by and meet the instructors and try it.

You decide.

You can investigate them online and check out their website claims here:
http://usa-martialarts.com

Got a Bully? We Can Help

May 7, 2010

Watch Bully Help Video
Got a Bully? We Can Help

Does another kid kick, hit, pinch, punch, trip or threaten you? If so, you may have a bully.

Does someone tease you, call you names, leave you out, or spread rumors about you? You may have a bully. But you can stand up to bullies if you know what to do.

* Try to talk it out. Say, “Why are you being mean to me?”
* Get away and stay away from the bully.
* Speak up. Say, “Stop picking on me!” and do it with confidence and eye contact.
* Make a joke. If you say something funny, even about yourself, the bully might laugh and forget to pick on you.
* Stick with your friends.
* Ask an adult for help.

Do you know someone who has a bully? Well, you can help. Did you know that most of the time when a kid steps in bullying stops? Here are some things you can do.

– If you see someone being picked on, be a friend and walk away from the bully together.
– If you have a friend who bullies, take a stand and tell your friend to stop.
– If you know someone that gets picked on, ask the kid to play with you.
– Get your friends to come with you when you help someone being bullied.

If someone is hurting a kid, tell an adult.

Watch a Free Bully Video Here from our friend McGruff

Friendship beats bullies every time!

USA Martial Arts is hosting Bully Prevention Workshops once again help combat the ever-changing problem faced by our children. Come join us for this FREE presentation. Email info@usa-martialarts.com or call 602-896-8721 for more info and to sign up. You must be pre-registered to attend. We look forward to seeing all of you there. Bring a friend!

* Source: http://www.mcgruff.org/Advice/bullies.php with modifications from John Nottingham

NOTE: Bully Guard Bully Proofing course also offered at our Karate Confidence Summer Camp. Public speaking, school assemblies, home school groups, teacher training, consultation and training are available.

Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative
THE ARIZONA BULLYING PREVENTION PROJECT

USA Martial Arts Phoenix Website
Kids Love Martial Arts Phoenix ONILINE SPECIAL
4731 East Greenway Road Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone 602-896-8721
email info@usa-martialarts.com

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Bully Prevention Training Workshop

May 7, 2010

For immediate release

A free Bully Prevention Training Workshop will be held at USA Martial Arts newest location in Paradise Valley/Scottsdale.

Why: Bullying is a serious problem facing children
When: Friday 5-6pm May 21 and Saturday 10:30-11:30am May 22
Where: USA Martial Arts Scottsdale PV Phoenix
Cost: Free

The event is FREE to the public due to sponsorship from Nottingham Sword & Shield Security and USA Martial Arts.

Participants will learn how to avoid, prevent and manage bully behavior through techniques such as:
o When to speak up
o How to be a super-friend
o When to tell an adult

USA Martial Arts is hosting a Bully Prevention Workshop to once again help combat the ever-growing problem faced by our children. Come join us for this FREE presentation. Email info@usa-martialarts.com or call 602-896-8721 for more info and to sign up. You must be pre-registered to attend. We look forward to seeing all of you there. Bring a friend!