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Kickboxing Boot Camp in Phoenix Packs a Fitness Punch!

December 8, 2010


Phoenix Kickboxing Bootcamp KOs Fat!

Say the word kickboxing and right away you might conjure up images of TaeBo’s totally ripped Billy Blanks shouting inspiring commands to throngs of sweaty hard bodies. Others might bring to mind a hard bodied MMA Ultimate Fighter sporting Muay Thai trunks and boxing gloves.

However, you might be surprised at the number of men and women getting toned up, lean and mean with a new kind of kickboxing in Phoenix called I Love Kickboxing Phoenix! http://iLoveKickboxingPhoenix.com

It’s a stress releaving, fat burning, fun way to get into the best shape of your life. Phoenix kickboxing classes are very different from martial art in that you are not focussed on learning self defense, instead the classes are geared to emphasize the fantastic fitness and health benefits of kicking and punching your way to fitness. From a rock solid core and tight abs to firm powerful thighs from functional strength and kicking drills.

Phoenix Kickboxing Classes
The classes include cardio, strength, aerobic and anearobic conditioning with a yoga component for flexibility and reducing stress on the body and mind.

Check out some of the benefits of Kickboxing Phoenix…

First, anyone with a body and willingness to show up can do Phoenix Kickboxing. You can work at your own pace and the instructors are very encouraging and highly skilled Black Belts. They are patient and enthusiastic, guiding you step by step through the routines that get you in the best shape of your life.

Phoenix Kickboxing Gym is really rewarding!
It not only gets you fit and super strong, Phoenix Kickboxing will increase your confidence. While it won’t make you a Black Belt or MMA Ultimate Fighter, the confidence you feel will give you a sense of empowerment in everyday life. From work, home to just being around town, you’ll feel better about yourself and your healthy new kickboxing body!

You won’t get these benefits at the gym going through the same old stepping, jogging or spinning routine. Plus it’s a lot cheaper than a personal trainer.

If you’ve been looking for a new way to make your exercise fun, burn fat, drop pounds, tighten the tummy to be a leaner-meaner you for 2011, kickboxing classes in Phoenix is a superb way to go.

Check out the site listed here to get started! Act now and get free boxing gloves (not the cheap kind either – these are top notch real kickboxing gloves for heavy bag work.)

Check out far more info here; http://www.ilovekickboxingPhoenix.com

iLoveKickboxingPhoenix.com
USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 E. Greenway Road Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone: 602-896-8721
email: info@usa-martialarts
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Awarded BEST OF PHOENIX 2010

Korean Martial Arts Trademark High Flying Kicks

December 1, 2010

Korean Martial Arts Trademark High Flying Kicks

TaeKwonDo TangSooDo HapKiDo KukSoolWon HwarangDo ChunKukDo TaekKyeon

Taekwondo Master John Nottingham Flying Side Kick Punch 1995

Taekwondo Pictures | Action Pictures | Flying Kicks | Jump Kicks

The flying side kick – punch photo above was taken by my student David Goron circa 1995 at a park in Mesa Arizona near my first retail storefront school called Academy of Asian Martial Arts. On the left is James Gann and on the right is David Bravo.

From Tang Soo Do, Hwarang Do, Kuk Sool Won, Hapkido, or the highly popularized Olympic Taekwondo, the Korean Martial Arts are well known for their high flying kicks.

Beginning A Martial Arts Journey
My journey in the martial arts started when I saw James Bond perform spy martial arts moves that seemed to have magical results – even on bigger men. It was refined, dignified, intelligent and quite impressive to the eyes of a little boy.

This was my first introduction to Japanese Jujitsu (traditional art of locks, throws, strikes and pins). Later I would see Bruce Lee performing his own Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, a composite American freestyle hybrid system rooted in Wing Chun, fencing and boxing (the beginnings of modern MMA). From the start, I loved the kicks.

Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do
While growing up my bigger brothers and I often wrestled (rough housing) with one another and Dad which provided me with a foundation without knowing it. But it was my first martial art that introduced me to Korean style martial arts kicking in an art called Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do). Today, some schools retain that branch name while many have simply gone under the banner of Taekwondo.

Advanced Black Belt Kicking
As I continued to study I had the privilege of practicing several branches of Hapkido, Hwarang Do, and several of the classical Kwans (Chung Do Kwan, Ji Do Kwan, Song Moo Kwan). In 1945 the Korean Martial Arts styles officially registered with the Korean government as various KWANS. Each has its similarities and yet beautiful differences that I came to appreciate and respect.

Is This Kicking Practical?
I observed that the kicking was not only spectacular, but it could be very practical. It made sense for smaller people because the legs give a reach advantage, are preconditioned, and generate as much as 3 or more times power than the arms.

It struck me as interesting that every-time I heard someone criticize high kicks or “fancy kicking”, it was a person who: A. Could not do it or B. Had yet to square off with a kicker who had functional kicking skill.

Kicking Criticism
Since I had the opportunity to have been booted in the head by so many skilled kickers, it seemed an arrogant and ignorant statement. Every technique has it’s strengths and weaknesses, so why was advanced kicking the target of so much criticism?

Practical Self Defense Application and Much More
Of course, self defense practical application is not the only measure and reason for practice of the art. Nor are the arts comprised only of kicking. Kicking is a fantastic way of building and maintaining flexibility, health, burning calories, expressing an aesthetically pleasing art, reducing stress and developing a respectable skill. Those are just some of the many benefits, but certainly not all. To my way of thinking, it is just one way to help develop the mind, body and spirit – and a fun one at that.

It sure beats the stair-master, starvation diets and the treadmill.

John Nottingham
6th Degree Black Belt
USA Martial Arts Chief Instructor

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USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 E. Greenway Road
Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone: 602-896-8721
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