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The Secret To Happier, Healthier More Confident Kids…

May 31, 2011

•••Attention Parents•••

Can you find your child in this checklist?

“If So, Read On…You Might Just Find
the Big Breakthrough You’ve Been
Seeking for Your Child!”

___ Rita, age 11, used to be confident…ready to take on the world. But after starting middle school, she seems like a different person: hesitant and unsure of herself.
The peace of the household is frequently disturbed. Everything is a battle: getting ready for school; dinnertime; homework; even things that used to be enjoyable family activities are now potential battles. Screaming matches occur on a regular basis.

___ Paula is so concerned about being popular. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, worry that this will make her an easy target for negative peer pressure.

___ Simon used to enjoy playing outside, but has now settled into a couch potato lifestyle. He is putting on weight and seems to be increasingly hooked on junk food.

___ Martin, bright, smart, and formerly very interested in doing well, has succumbed to the mentality that, somehow, it’s not “cool” to try hard with his school work.

___ Mr. and Mrs. Grant are frustrated at the level of disrespect demonstrated by their children. The kids never used to talk like this before! The Halls think, “If I had talked like that when I was a kid — I would have gotten clobbered!”

___ It seems that Harper always gravitates toward the “bad crowd.” He is attracted to kids that don’t do well in school and are constantly in trouble.

___ Grace is concerned about her son, Alex. Since the divorce, he doesn’t have a positive male role model. Alex is often sullen and difficult to get along with.
If you’ve “found” your son or daughter on the checklist above
(and most people do)… Read on…

Note: We get reports like these, literally every day, from parents
whose kids train at “USA Martial Arts Phoenix.”

Gabriella’s confidence has grown tremendously since earning her Green Belt. Mrs. Johnson, her teacher, has just called to say that Jenny can now stand up in front of the class in school and confidently speak. Mom and Dad are shocked and surprised.

Not only has Jacob gotten into great physical shape…his athletic skill has improved enormously. Jacob seems to have a newfound love of being outdoors, playing, and running.

Cory, formerly terrified of moving outside his comfort zone, now eagerly takes on new challenges. As his confidence grows, he moves on to the next challenge with excitement. His parents, Laura and Eddie, credit the high energy, positive environment of “USA Martial Arts Phoenix.”

Michael has become more cheerful and helpful around the house. He enjoys family activities…just like he used to when he was younger. His mother, Barbara, reports that he is now a joy to be around.

Mom was delighted when, after the neighborhood BBQ, Mrs. Swift from down the block said, “Your son Joshua is such a well mannered young boy!”

Carol said, “Mom, the kids were saying mean things to me at school today.” Mom thinks, “Oh no, here we go again.” — and says, “Well, how did you handle it?” Mom breathes a sigh of relief when Carol says, “It’s no big deal. Their words can’t hurt me. I learned that in Martial Arts class!”

Timmy, formerly quite a slob, now seems to be taking pride in his appearance. Without being asked, somehow his hair is combed, his shirt is clean, his teeth are brushed. And, not always, but at least occasionally, his bedroom seems to be picked up and clean! Just as Timmy is proud of his Karate accomplishments, he also seems to take pride in other aspects of his life!

Introducing the USA Martial Arts Phoenix Ten Point Success System

1. Positive Role Models: The biggest asset of “USA Martial Arts Phoenix?” Easy. The teachers. Now, I’ll tell you up front. They are not like the teachers you’ve seen in the Martial Art movies. Are they “tough guys?” Yes. But what you will notice (and so will your child)…is that they are “Nice Guys.” They have been hand selected…not just because they are great Martial Artists. They have been chosen because they are wonderful people…and have a great love of helping others benefit from the Martial Arts! All of our teachers were once students at “USA Martial Arts Phoenix” themselves. They care about each student individually — and are totally committed to helping your child reach his or her potential.

2. Physical Fitness: It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you are out of shape physically…or when your athletic skills have not been fully developed. Our belief is that, regardless of how athletic somebody seems to be…there is an athlete inside all of us. When a student feels their physical skills skyrocket…it’s not long before their self-image follows suit!

3. A High Energy, Exciting Environment: Many kids have grown accustomed to virtual activities (video games, television, internet). Participating in an exciting, high energy environment, focused on an actual activity, will give your child a very real sense of achievement!

4. Regular Incentives for Effort and Achievement: The belt system of Martial Arts (your child will earn a new belt every three months: white, yellow, gold, orange, green, etc.), regular positive feedback and recognition of accomplishment, incentives for improvement, applause, smiles, and high-fives will systematically lead your child into the “Yes, I Can!” attitude you’ve always wanted for him or her.

5. The “Life Lesson of the Week”: Regular exposure, through our “Life Skills Lessons from Martial Arts Masters,” to systematic instruction, accompanied by exercises in the lessons of respect, discipline, focus, persistence, courage, discipline and confidence. (Most of the “USA Martial Arts Phoenix” parents name this as their favorite part of the program!)

6. A Proven System of Skill and Personal Development: No fancy theories or hard to understand concepts here. Our teachers are experts in teaching the actual SKILLS of listening and focus. Hint: We’ll be teaching these to your child in the very first week!

7. A Series of Positively Constructed Challenges that will build your child’s confidence. You will be delighted as you see your children confidently move outside their comfort zone. As the weeks go by, you will smile with pride as your son or daughter moves from challenge to challenge…their confidence soaring at each new accomplishment!

8. An Atmosphere of Respect: You watch with satisfaction as your children learn to give respect and to earn respect. Most importantly, they learn the essential lessons of Self-Respect!

9. Order and Structure: Even though the atmosphere is friendly and supportive, Karate is not “play time.” You will be delighted to see how your children develop focus and persistence in our orderly, structured environment.

10. A Friendship Based Environment: If you are expecting the old, harsh, authoritarian, military style Martial Art training…you are going to be sadly disappointed. When you visit us, you will find a friendly, supportive environment.

Some of the teachers and long time students have been friends for nearly 20 years. That atmosphere of friendship, support, and respect will give your
child the support he or she needs to succeed!

More information
on USA Martial Arts Phoenix.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley Arizona
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone 602-896-8721

Children’s Martial Arts Phoenix Wins Hearts and Minds

March 21, 2011

Children’s Martial Arts Programs | John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts Phoenix Arizona USA

Phoenix Martial Arts Builds Young Minds and Bodies

Children love learning at USA Martial Arts Phoenix in North Phoenix Arizona. Our martial arts programs are high-energy, fun and interactive.

The mission of the USA Martial Arts school is to build our student’s character, inner strength and self esteem, which we do by acknowledging, recognizing and rewarding not just our student’s accomplishments and successes, but their efforts as well.

Learning martial arts is a physical and mental discipline, involving all muscle groups to help develop a student’s physical fitness as well as focus of the mind. At USA Martial Arts Phoenix our emphasis goes far beyond just learning physical moves and martial arts techniques of kicking, punching, throwing and blocking. At USA Martial Arts Phoenix, we use martial arts as a mechanism to develop positive character, leadership and life-improvement skills in our students.

Our martial arts Phoenix emphasis is on the personal-development aspects of martial arts, such as increasing self confidence, improving focus and concentration, developing self discipline, and life-long good physical fitness habits.

Traits That Martial Arts Develops in a Child

Self esteem
Focus and
Self discipline
Physical fitness
Self confidence
Positive attitude
Goal setting
Strong work ethic

Life Lessons Developed Through Martial Arts Phoenix

Classes at Phoenix Martial Arts end with group discussions, role-playing exercises, encouragement and rewards. We integrate life lessons, citizenship and character of wise martial arts philosophy and discuss alternate resolutions to some of the issues children face today. These issues are discussed in a non-threatening, proactive

Children pay close attention as we explore topics that include:

Avoiding conflicts
Dealing with bullies
Mental self-defense
Proper respect for adults
Stranger awareness
Respect for self and others
Saying “no” to drugs and peer pressure

These valuable life lessons help our martial arts Phoenix students understand the connection between what they learn in class and the real-world applications that make martial arts practical and insightful skills for school-age, and beyond.

Winner Best Kickboxing in Phoenix

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
Kids Love Martial Arts Phoenix
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The AZ Bullying Prevention Project

4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone 602.896.8721

Taekwondo Kicks & Advanced Martial Arts Kicking

February 12, 2011

Taekwondo High Flying Jump Kicks
One of the more misunderstood aspects of martial arts are advanced aerial kicks. Although most advanced kicking is associated with Taekwondo, you can find them in most of the Korean martial arts as well as Wushu (Kung Fu) and modern artistic expressions such as competitive freestyle XMA or Extreme Martial Arts.

Those Who Can – Do
Those Who Can Kick – KICK! Those Who Can’t Kick – Criticise
The degree in which advanced kicking is emphasized in any given school is usually a function of the instructors ability, talent or propensity for this advanced skill set.

Tang Soo Do Kickboxing American Freestyle
My initial foundation in kicking was heavily influenced by the American expression of practical power kicking, much like moderate to full contact kickboxing. I learned a hybrid system of Tang Soo Do (Moo Duk Kwan) and a Korean temple art that resembles Chinese Gung Fu. One of the Masters who often conducted our belt tests was “Bad Brad” Hefton’s (blood and guts era of kickboxing) teacher so the influence was apparent. Although we did lots of multiple kicks, spins and double kicks, we didn’t have much aerial kicking other than flying side kicks.

Olympic Taekwondo Kicking
As Olympic Taekwondo grew and my first teacher supported its inclusion into the Olympic games and internationally recognized sport, our kicking began to modernize and morph. The “half crescent kick” became an AXE KICK. Our traditional horizontal round kick, which was more akin to a Muay Thai Kick or Shotokan roundhouse kick, was expanded into using angles and a deceptively clever and efficient single point of reference for the knee while turning the hip at the top. For those with a Bill “Superfoot” Wallace seminar under your belt, you would recognize the reference point deception strategy. The footwork, blocking, evasion, foot position (top of the foot for round kick) and dynamic movement training was an expansion of our previous training.

Illinois and Wisconsin State Taekwondo Training for Nationals
When training for Nationals, qualifying individuals were invited to go to State Team TKD training. This was my first exposure to actual “coaching” for performance, rather than the traditional style hard-core training classes in the Dojang (Korean Martial Arts School).

Olympic Taekwondo Kicking Training
I had the opportunity to compete in an international competition at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Colorado. While there, I got to train with the USA National Taekwondo Team (and be cannon fodder for their explosive fast kicking.) The speed drills, pad drills, footwork, scoring strategy and workout intensity was a major departure from what I had known.

Learn From Advanced Taekwondo Kicking from a Video?
At that time I also started performing more demonstrations and wanted to integrate more advanced jumping kicks into my arsenal. I was able to pick up a video by NASKA Freestyle National Champion Stuart Quan. I followed his step by step tips for developing a jump split front kick and have been doing it ever since. Videos can be a great supplement to a hard working martial artists training. I still believe you need to be in a good school, have a qualified coach and someone who can do the skill you want. I would later use it in a film (which is so low budget and cheesy it shall remain nameless) for a slow motion action fight scene.

John Nottingham Pulgueksa Temple Korea

Scissor Kicks, Split Kicks, Triple Kicks, Flying Spinning Kicking
Later I would have the privilege of studying Hapkido and then when I moved to Arizona the complex art of Hwarang Do. In Hwarang Do I was fortunate to have a teacher with a rare depth of technical skill. He had the developmental exercises to help me build the strength and control to throw more advanced kicks, then make them functional. It really enhanced what I knew from my Taekwondo kicking arsenal.

WTF TaeKwonDo ITF Tae Kwon Do ATA Taekwondo Jhoon Rhee American Freestyle TKD
I was fortunate to have studied and practiced several traditional as well as modern expressions of Taekwondo as well as other arts. Teaching the World Taekwondo Federation, International Taekwondo Federation/Jhoon Rhee system gave me new insights on how each taught kicking. While core principles remain the same, it was beneficial to see the different development tools and methodologies. More than the system, the instructor was the defining factor in my experience.

Here is an interesting story about my advanced kicking Hwarangdo teacher…
One day My Hwarang Do teacher Master Corona and I were in Karate Mart, a local martial arts supply shop in Arizona. The guy behind the counter was a typical beginner student passing himself off as a knowledgeable guru with his rhetoric. Master Corona, a friendly but reserved Master, was cordial without saying much. The Karate Mart guy took it upon himself to educate us on how high kicks dont work.

“Those fancy high kicks don’t work. That stuff will just get you killed.”

On and on he babbled, revealing how little he really knew. Typical talk for those who have never put on the sparring gear and went toe to toe with a truly skilled kicker. My mind flashed to the Police officers I knew who cited examples of using high kicks on duty.

I was trying to hold back a snicker and just looked down at the ground. I knew that if I caught Master Corona’s eye, I might chuckle out loud. After a while I couldn’t take it anymore and I asked what style he studied, with whom he trained and for how long.

Practical Is As Practical Does
Just because it is a popular notion, doesn’t make it right.
It’s hard to argue with results. A fellow Master Instructor I know has a newspaper article posted on the wall of his school from when he disarmed an armed bank robber with a round kick to the head. The fact is that for most people, a high kick is out of the question. However, for a guy who has practiced for years and is a skilled kicker, it was the right tool for the job.

Nice to know it and not need it, than need it and not know it.

Nothing Wrong With Having an Opinion – You Just Have To Consider The Source
Typical of an inexperienced boastful beginner, the Karate store clerk danced around his martial arts qualifications explaining he bounced from style to style and teacher to teacher. (I predict he probably went on to invent his own style after gaining such mastery of all martial arts.) Unwittingly, he was revealing his martial arts immaturity and lack of real-life quality experience.

Ah but for the grace of God, there go I. (It’s always uncomfortable to see a bit of your younger self in someone else.) While I was never to that degree of ignorant and arrogant, I certainly had my moments of stupidity when I was a young teen in the martial arts.

As the Karate store clerk babbled on he went back to the kicks again. Master Corona and I were meandering around the store just taking in what he was saying, reserving any comment. Finally, Master Corona piped up and said,

“So what your saying is that you don’t know how to kick or know anyone who really does.”

I stared at the Karate store clerk curious as to his response. Stunned, he paused for a moment then sputtered, “Well, I duno…uh I guess not.” After a moment he asked, “Who are you?”
I spoke up and said, that’s Master Ken Corona from the Hwarang Do school over by ASU. The clerks cheeks turned a bit red and said, “Ohhhhh, I’ve heard of you. People say you’re really good.” Master Corona just smiled and then graciously invited him in to train sometime. Of course, we never saw the young man. Too bad, he could have experienced advanced kicking first hand.

The fact is, advanced kicks are just like any other skill. One’s ability to effectively use them is a matter of how much they have functionalised those skills to be used at the right time with the right opportunity. As I learned in the Army, surprise is still the greatest war and fighting tactic of all time.

Now, many years later, it is only once in a great while that we get to see the grace, beauty and power of an advanced kicker. While lesser known to most US MMA fight fans, PRIDE and K1 featured amazing kickers (as well as a sense of honor and some modesty from time to time.) High kicking knock out artists like Mirko Crocop slammed people in the head and neck with his sledge hammer-like legs. In recent events the larger MMA viewing public has seen the advanced sweeps of Karate Master Lyoto “The Dragon” Machita.

UFC MMA fans also witnessed the amazing Anderson “The Spider” Silva crush people with his devastating kicking and striking. (Remember when the experts touted that grapplers ruled the earth just a few short years ago?)
Check out Anthony Pettis KO kick. He’s using a classic Korean style rebound kick off the cage at WEC in Arizona.
Old School Kickers
For those of us fortunate enough to know the era of Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Pete “Sugar Foot” Cunningham, Ramon “Diamond” Dekkers and others, it is refreshing to finally see more variety in kicking gain recognition. I’m optimistic that the viewing public will expand its thinking about martial arts, the various styles and recognize the amazing beauty, strengths and benefits that each style offers.

Freestyle Martial Arts, Extreme Martial Arts Tricking, Parkour, Freerunning
One of the top innovators and better known stars of tricking is Mr. Steve Terada. Check out the amazing level of skill and creativity he demonstrates.

Master Mike Chat XMA – The Stuff You See In Movies!

For those interested in Hollywood Chop Socky style action, or bringing younger students an appealing way to train, this is the system that launched Talor Lautners award winning performance skills. I can tell you from personal experience that Master Chat is an outstanding martial artist, talented coach, and taught me a great deal. It’s visionaries like these that will shape the future of performance martial arts.

It’s one thing to see someone with functional kicks used effectively to knock people out. It’s another thing altogether to see them do it with style.

Kicking is Fun!
Perhaps more and more people will develop an appreciation and respect for advanced skills and the artistic expressions as well. They are no less amazing and bring a richness and depth to martial arts practice. After all, it really is much more than just kicks and punches.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
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