Archive for August, 2010

We’re Not Competing With Other Martial Arts Schools

August 21, 2010

Much more than kicks, punches, blocks and throws.


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

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

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

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

So what are we competing with?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beware… it just might change your lives forever.

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The Serenity Prayer. Have you ever read the rest of it?

August 16, 2010

Here is one of my favorites from the movie Billy Jack which starred Tom Laughlin. The movie launched my one of my teachers, Grandmaster Bong Soo Han and the Korean art of Hapkido, into international fame.

Movie fact: Filming began for Billy Jack in Prescott, Arizona, in fall 1969

Frequently quoted but rarely credited or cited in it’s entirety. According to Wikipedia it is most well known today as the serenity prayer, used by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) since 1941 and common to many other 12 step programs. The prayer was also printed on small cards and circulated to soldiers in the Armed Forces.

Here is the complete prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr wrote the prayer for use in a sermon, perhaps as early as 1934.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

The extended version:

God, grant us the…
Serenity to accept things we cannot change,
Courage to change the things we can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference
Patience for the things that take time
Appreciation for all that we have, and
Tolerance for those with different struggles
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways, the
Ability to feel your love for us and our love for each other and the
Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.

The philosopher W.W. Bartley juxtaposes Niebuhr’s prayer with a Mother Goose rhyme (1695) expressing a similar sentiment, but without comment:[13]

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.

Another version of it also appears in the 1950s in this version.

O God and Heavenly Father,
Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Buddhism also relates to the Serenity prayer as Buddhism emphasizes Passaddhi which is similar to serenity. Buddhism also strives to change bad or unskillful things.

Taekwondo in Phoenix Arizona

August 13, 2010

Taekwondo Martial Arts of Korea in Phoenix

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and combat sport. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea. It is also regarded as the world’s most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners, and sparring, or kyeorugi, is an official Olympic sporting event. In Korean hanja, tae means feet or kicking; kwon means hands or striking; and do means art, path, way, or method. Hence, taekwondo is loosely translated as the way of the foot and fist.

Taekwondo’s popularity has resulted in the varied evolution of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy.

Taekwondo is an Olympic Sport

There are two main styles of Taekwondo: World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), which is practised at the Olympics; and International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), which was founded by General Choi Hong Hi, the father of Taekwondo. Although there are great doctrinal and technical differences among the two taekwondo styles and organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg’s greater reach and power (compared to the arm). Circular motions that generate power are of central importance. Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks.

A Tae Kwon Do student typically wears a uniform (dobok), often white but sometimes black or other colors, with a belt (tti) tied around the waist. The belt indicates the student’s rank. The school or place where instruction is given is called the dojang.

Tae Kwon Do is famed for its use of kicking techniques,especially which distinguishes it from martial arts such as karate or southern styles of kung fu. The rationale is that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation.

Tae Kwon Do as a sport and exercise is popular with people of both sexes and of many ages. Physically, Tae Kwon Do develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of boards, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one’s strength.

Other Martial Art Types and Techniques

Karate (Japanese, “empty hand”), martial art of unarmed self-defense in which directed or focused blows of the hands and feet, accompanied by special breathing and shouts, are dealt from poised positions. More than a method of combat, karate emphasizes self-discipline, positive attitude, and high moral purpose. It is taught professionally at different levels, and under different Asian names, as a self-defense skill, a competitive sport, and a free-style exercise.

Kung fu (Chinese boxing) is, with karate, the most popularly known of all the martial arts. It employs kicks, strikes, throws, body turns, dodges, holds, crouches and starts, leaps and falls, hand springs and somersaults. These movements include more techniques involving the open hand, such as claws and rips, than those used in karate.

Taekwondo is a type of fighting system that originated in Korea and that employs kicking, punching, and various evasive techniques. Most famous for its kicks, Tae Kwon Do incorporates jumping and kicking into characteristic maneuvers called “flying kicks.” Taekwondo spread worldwide from Korea in the 1960s and the first World Tae Kwon Do Championship took place in Seoul, South Korea, in 1973.

Jujitsu or jiujitsu (from Japanese Ju, for “gentle”), uses holds, chokes, throws, trips, joint locks, kicks, and atemi (strikes to vital body areas). The techniques are gentle only in the sense that they are directed toward deflecting or controlling an attack; however, they can maim or kill.

Judo is a popular wrestling form developed from jujitsu in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, a Japanese educator. Like jujitsu, it attempts to turn an attacker’s force to one’s own advantage. Techniques include throwing and grappling. Judo was first included in the Olympic Games in 1964.

Aikido was, like judo, derived from jujitsu within the last century. In aikido, an attack is avoided with flowing, circular movements. The opponent can then be brought to the ground with painful, immobilizing joint locks.

Tai chi chuan, more popularly referred to as tai chi, is an ancient Chinese exercise and fighting system, still practiced in China and elsewhere in the world, mainly for its health benefits. It employs slow, graceful movements that are stylized renditions of original arm and foot blows.

Kendo, or Japanese fencing, is a sport derived from ancient sword fighting, now using bamboo swords.

Martial Arts Belt Levels

In many forms of the martial arts, practitioners wear colored belts to denote rank. A white belt indicates a novice; a black belt signifies proficiency at various levels. For example, first degree black belt, signifies the first level of black belt; fifth degree black belt, usually signifies a master.

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CHILDREN’S TAEKWONDO Opens in North Phoenix/PV Scottsdale Area

August 12, 2010

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CHILDREN’S TAEKWONDO

Our children’s Taekwondo program is perfect for children four and up. Children’s Taekwondo at USA Martial Arts is unique, and we believe, a cut above the rest. What we teach, when we teach it, and how we teach it sets USA Martial Arts apart. For well over a decade we’ve invested focused effort into developing a beneficial curriculum for children that offers real physical change (i.e. children will learn real Taekwndo skills), and perhaps most importantly, real emotional growth.

Our emphasis on targeted goals with ever-increasing difficulty leads children to a self-confidence that extends well beyond the Taekwondo floor into a child’s school life, family life, and their interactions with peers. We often hear from parents that their children simply seem more focused, more even tempered, more respectful, and much more confident in their own abilities.

Children will learn traditional Taekwondo stances, strikes, blocks, and basic self-defense skills. More importantly, from this practice children develop crucial agility, core strength, balance, and overall coordination. All of these benefits in a motivational, fun, and challenging environment make USA Martial Arts the perfect compliment to the other activities in a child’s life.

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Simply call or visit a location and we’ll take care of the rest. Or if you like, use the EasyTrial registration form link here. Check out the free video. Limited trials are available for our Grand Opening, so contact us today to reserve your spot.

New North Phoenix Scottsdale Martial Arts School Specializes in Teaching Children

August 10, 2010

The Korean Eagles Broke over 500 Boards at the USA Martial Arts North Phoenix Grand Opening


Parents are moving their kids from video games to martial arts moves at a new kind of school in North Phoenix.

It’s increasingly common problem. Kids are gaining weight and having a hard time finding motivation to develop self-discipline for things like good eating habits, fitness and focus for listening. A recent interview with founder and Master Instructor John Nottingham revealed some interesting, perhaps controversial, reasons why his school is so unique.

Now North Phoenix Arizona parents have a new option to give their children a head start for back to school and life with the martial arts. According to founder Master John Nottingham, “Our school instills traditional values, demands character and equips students with tools to set goals, be motivated and make healthy choices.”

Q: Why are more and more parents choosing to put their children in the USA Martial Arts program?

“We’re different. We get results. Our curriculum goes far beyond the kick, punch and throw because we instill manners like respect, patriotism, and reinforce traditional values like the ones parents teach at home. As an Eagle Scout, Veteran and teacher, I feel it is my role to equip future generations with the skills, values and leadership development they will need to live healthy lives of significance.”, Nottingham states as he points to a large US flag on the wall

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Q: Having taught over 10,000 students in your career, what have you learned from parents?

“Parents tell me that they are concerned about the influences on their children from various media, pro-athletes and other high profile personalities, and I agree. That’s why USA Martial Arts feels it plays a crucial role in our community.”, says the 6th Degree multiple Black Belt holder.

Q: What can parents expect of children taking lessons at your school?

“Our students thrive after they have come through our doors. Many USA Martial Arts students have received scholarships, traveled the world, served in important positions of leadership and much more. Their parents tell us that it is directly because of our training and the positive experiences they had while in our life skills martial arts school. You can see the direct impact in their grades, manners, performance in team sports, and fitness level. We know it is the core values of discipline, personal responsibility and a no-excuses approach we take.”

Q: Tell us about your new location and how people can reach you for more information.

Our newest Academy just opened at: 4731 E. Greenway Road, Suite #9, Phoenix, Arizona 85032. It’s at the SouthWest corner of Tatum and Greenway in the Albertsons Center. It’s one of the largest and best equipped schools in the area. People can reach us at Phone: 602.896.USA1 (8721), Email: info@usa-martialarts.com or just visit our website online at http://www.kidslovemartialartsphoenix.com/ or watch a free video at http://www.selectmartialarts.com/USAMartialArts/selectmovie.aspx
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USA Martial Arts North Phoenix – Discover The Benefits For You

August 10, 2010

USA Martial Arts Phoenix – Discover The Benefits For You

USA Martial Arts has provided Taekwondo, Kung Fu, and Kickboxing instruction in the Phoenix Arizona area for well over a decade. We offer a positive yet challenging martial arts and fitness environment. Supplying a traditional Taekwondo (Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do/Korean Karate) based education for adults, families, teens, and children, our classes are motivational and goal oriented. We offer convenient class times, industry leading facilities, and career instructors who are focused on real results for each individual student. Test drive our classes with our EasyTry and discover the benefits of training with USA Martial Arts.

Throughout time Taekwondo has gained a reputation for proven benefits: improved physical fitness and conditioning, 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 or initial ability.

In addition to our traditional Taekwondo programs we have developed specialized, martial arts based, youth programs that offer traditional benefits in positively unique ways. Our Martial Art & Sport SummerCamps supply a safe, exciting, challenging and educational summer for children. USA Martial Arts FunCamps offer plenty of constructive activity and fun on select school holidays. Our exciting Taekwondo Birthday Parties are a big hit with children and parents alike. Lastly our A+ AfterSchool Program offers a constructive alternative to standard after school activities for children, while supplying parents a convenient and educational solution for their children.

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

August 9, 2010

Welcome To The Exciting World of USA Martial Arts! Phoenix Premier Martial Arts for The Entire Family

Winner! Best of Phoenix - The Phoenix NEW TIMES


As Seen in TaeKwonDo Times Magazine, KONO Kids Magazine, Channels 3,5,10,12,15, the The Arizona Republic, The State Press and more

Martial Arts Phoenix | Scottsdale | Paradise Valley | Arizona

Since 1992, USA Martial Arts – Phoenix Scottsdale has been providing instruction in traditional and modern mixed martial arts in the Phoenix, AZ area and surrounding communities.

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

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

The vision of USA Martial Arts is to build a stronger community by helping people get strong and fit, be safe and at the same time instill the inner-strength and character of a true Martial Artist. We strive to uphold important values like honor, courtesy, perseverance, self control and integrity.

We will also help you achieve self discipline, high self esteem, a positive out look, a spirit of constant improvement, and a non-quitting spirit. These values and life skills will lead to remarkable improvements in academics, careers, and relationships, literally making a better community one Black Belt at a time.

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

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

Read more about our program philosophy here: USA Martial Arts Phoenix Online

Functional Fitness

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

Focus + Discipline = Success

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

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

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Korean Taekwondo Children’s Demo Team Shows Phoenix How To Get Their Kicks!

August 9, 2010

Korean Taekwondo Children’s Demo Team Shows Phoenix How To Get Their Kicks!

For immediate release

The Korean Eagles Broke over 500 Boards at the USA Martial Arts North Phoenix Grand Opening


Korean Eagles Taekwondo Team Performed at the Grand Opening of USA Martial Arts in Paradise Valley/Scottsdale in Arizona for a delighted audience of North Phoenix men, women and children of all ages.

MEDIA ADVISORY August 8, 2010
CONTACT: John Nottingham, 602-896-8721

Korean Taekwondo Children’s Demo Team Amazes Audience in Arizona
Top Children’s Taekwondo Performance Troupe Entertains Phoenix

WHO: USA Martial Arts hosted the Korean Eagle Taekwondo Team.

WHAT: The Korean Eagles are Korea’s premier children’s Martial Arts all-Black Belt Performance Team. Headed by Grandmasters Jung Hwan Jin and Chang Joo Park, the Eagles travel the world dazzling their audiences with high flying kicks and amazing feats of board breaking. The Eagles have even performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The team performed a show for the grand opening of USA Martial Arts in Phoenix. USA Martial Arts is located at 4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9-10, Phoenix, AZ 85032 . Admission was free.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 7th.

WHERE: USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley North Phoenix/Scottsdale
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9-10 Phoenix, AZ 85032

WHY: 2010 marks the 11th year Master John Nottingham has hosted the Korean Eagle Team for purposes of Cultural Exchange, Training, and Charitable opportunities.

Shauna Boyd, mother of two children, who are students at USA Martial Arts, said, “Happy to host! What a great experience!” Her husband Darrin Boyd continues, “It was our pleasure! Thanks for the opportunity.”

Mother of four USA Martial Arts students Lisa Vanatta states, “Brings back memories from the last couple years….our family still cherishes our experiences with the Eagle team. It truly is a life changing experience.”

John Nottingham is the founder of one of the most respected martial arts chains with locations throughout the valley including Scottsdale, Glendale and Mesa. His signature school is located in Paradise Valley North Phoenix where the Eagle Team will be performing for local children and the community.

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Korean Taekwondo Children’s Demo Team to Perform in AZ

August 3, 2010

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Korean Eagles Taekwondo Team Perform at SCC in Arizona for the Mayor and a delighted audience

MEDIA ADVISORY August 7, 2010
CONTACT: Dawn Wharton, 602-896-8721

Korean Taekwondo Children’s Demo Team To Perform in Arizona
Top Children’s Taekwondo Performance Troupe Comes to Phoenix

WHO: USA Martial Arts hosts the Korean Eagle Taekwondo Team.

WHAT: The Korean Eagles are Korea’s premier children’s Martial Arts all-Black Belt Performance Team. Headed by Grandmasters Jung Hwan Jin and Chang Joo Park, the Eagles travel the world dazzling their audiences with high flying kicks and amazing feats of board breaking. The Eagles have even performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The team will perform a show for the grand opening of USA Martial Arts in Phoenix. USA Martial Arts is located at 4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9-10, Phoenix, AZ 85032 . Free admission.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 7th. Doors Open at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley Phoenix/Scottsdale
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9-10 Phoenix, AZ 85032

WHY: 2010 marks the 11th year Master John Nottingham has hosted the Korean Eagle Team for purposes of Cultural Exchange, Training, and Charitable opportunities.

John Nottingham is the founder of one of the most respected martial arts chains with locations throughout the valley including Scottsdale, Glendale and Mesa. His signature school is located in Paradise Valley Phoenix where the Eagle Team will be performing for local children and the community.

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Korean Eagles Taekwondo Demo Team Comes to USA

August 3, 2010

Korean Eagles Taekwondo Demo Team Comes to the USA
Free Performance on Saturday in Phoenix Arizona

Korean Eagles Taekwondo Demonstration Team visiting Phoenix Paradise Valley/Scottsdale, Arizona August 7, 2010

Performance: Saturday Aug 7, 2010 at 10:30am
Location: USA Martial Arts SW corner of Tatum & Greenway http://usa-martialarts.com
Facebook: Korean Eagles Taekwondo Team

FACT SHEET___________________________________

• Host: John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts, Phoenix/PV/Scottsdale, Arizona
• Objectives: Performance, Cultural exchange, positive exposure

Background of Korean Eagle Taekwondo Demonstration Team
• From: Seoul Korea Dongdemoongu district
Description: The Korean Eagles are Korea’s premier, childrens’ Martial Arts All Black Belt Demonstration/Performance Team, headed by Grandmasters Jung Hwan Jin and Chang Joo Park. The Eagles travel the world performing for a variety of different groups. In the United States, the Eagles have performed for thousands of children in public and private schools, at the Shriner’s Childrens Hospitals, Sporting Events and for local Dignitaries and Government Officials. Touring around the world, The Eagles have even performed at Buckingham Palace and more. The spectacle put on by these children is second to none and a must see for anyone who appreciates great talent, focus and concentration.

Background of John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts
• John Nottingham is the founder of one of the most respected martial arts chains in the country USA Martial Arts with locations throughout the valley including Glendale and Mesa. His newest venture is located in Paradise Valley/Scottsdale where he invited the Korean Eagles for his Grand Opening Gala. Bio at http://JohnNottingham.com and http://USA-MartialArts.com

• In 1998, 2000 and 2007, Master Nottingham lead a team of his students to Korea for a tour, training and cultural exchange. They met with the Mayor and several dignitaries of the Dongdemoongu district of Seoul and gained media attention appearing on the news. There, Master Nottingham and USA Martial Arts was honored with recognition as an official sister school. His students also trained and competed in international competition winning numerous medals.

• 2010 marks the 11th year Master Nottingham will be involved with hosting the Eagle team here in the United States. In the past they have privately funded the teams performances at local schools in Arizona, Illinois, Utah, California, and Washington.

• Local Coordinator: Dawn Wharton 602.896.8721

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