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Martial Arts Schools (How Do I Choose?)

July 23, 2010

Martial Arts Schools (how do I choose?)

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The Most Important Aspects of Selecting a Martial Arts Schools are as follows:
There are a myriad of martial arts styles, karate, kung fu, taekwondo, jujitsu, judo, aikido, tai chi chuan, kenpo, MMA, and kendo, to name a few. Some have passed through the centuries, while others have been modified and are relatively new.

However, the style of martial arts should not be your primary criteria in selecting a martial arts school. Instead, you should consider what is emphasized in the martial arts program.

The Appropriate Martial Arts Emphasis for Children and Families

For children and families, martial arts instruction should primarily be focused on the personal-development aspects of martial arts – rather than the fighting aspects.

All of the martial arts develop self esteem, self confidence, focus and concentration, self discipline, physical fitness and self defense skills. An emphasis on these benefits of martial arts is what you should look for rather than seeking out a specific style of martial arts based on the techniques used for kicks, punches and/or throws.

You should also consider how the martial arts programs are taught. The practice of martial arts is largely about the development of self esteem so you want to find a martial arts program where the instructors emphasize the effort as well as the result.

Self esteem comes from having real successes in doing something you care about. For many children and adults, martial arts can be an important activity that helps build self esteem but only if the martial arts instructors acknowledge, recognize and reward the efforts of the martial arts student as well as their accomplishments and successes.

To summarize – the most important two criteria in selecting a martial arts school should the level of emphasis on personal development and an approach towards teaching that is focused on building self esteem.

To evaluate a school against these two criteria, you should discuss them with the martial arts instructor and observe a class, paying particular attention to what is emphasized and how classes are taught.

Other Criteria To Consider in Choosing a Martial Arts School


Is there a structured curriculum?
What are the opportunities for leadership? For competition?


Many martial arts schools have a student creed that students must memorize. Does this creed agree with your personal values?
What is the school’s reputation in your community?

More Class Considerations

While watching a class, observe the interaction between students and instructors very carefully. The atmosphere should be formal and professional, but the students should be having fun as well. Evaluate if the students seem happy and motivated.
A good instructor can instruct 50 students with control and ease, but for an inexperienced instructor, 5 students might be too many.

Martial Arts Instructors

What kind of training do the instructors have? Just because the instructor has a black belt does not mean he or she is a good instructor.
The martial arts instructors at the school you select must be positive role models for the students and should be able to establish an immediate rapport with your child.

Martial Arts Facility and Safety Issues – The school should be welcoming and comfortable for both students and parents.

Is the facility clean?
Is there a large matted area where students can train?
Is there a viewing area for parents?

Selecting the right martial school will have a positive influence on your child’s development. We certainly hope you select USA Martial Arts of Phoenix Arizona or Personal Mastery Martial Arts of Sandy Utah.
We are masters of making it easy to get started. We are experts at making the learning fun and exciting. We are committed to being role models of honesty, customer service and good old fashioned value.

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USA Martial Arts – Karate for Kids Programs Childrens Karate, Taekwondo, Self Defense in Paradise Valley Phoenix Arizona

March 18, 2010

Kids TKD Karate Class Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts Builds Confidence

USA Martial Arts – Karate for Kids Programs Childrens Karate, Taekwondo, Self Defense in Paradise Valley Phoenix Arizona

USA Martial Arts – Karate for Kids Programs
Childrens Karate, Taekwondo, Self Defense in Paradise Valley Phoenix Arizona

We offer several Karate programs for children ranging from basicTaekwondo, Self-defense, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Child safety, Leadership, Fitness, life skills building and more.

Over the years USA Martial Arts has come to realize that there are many reasons for studying Martial Arts and we have worked hard to develop programs that will help realize those goals. A low Student to Instructor raio is maintained at all times to ensure that nobody gets lost in the crowd. This has helped establishPARADISE VALLEY MARTIAL ARTS as a leader in the martial arts industry. We are dedicated to enhancing the physical capabilities and maximizing the self-defense skills of all our students.

KARATE FOR KIDS, A self-confidence others won’t mess with

March 16, 2010

A self-confidence others won’t mess with

Kids Martial Arts classes at USA Martial Arts Karate dojo

“Hiyaa!” yells nine year old Kyle as he kicks and punches towards his partner.

But much to the relief of the mothers watching from the sidelines at USA Martial Arts karate dojo in Paradise Valley Phoenix Arizona, nobody gets hurt. Taught to move and practice in accordance with the strict rules of karate, the children in Master Nottingham’s class have learned the self-discipline to punch and kick without causing injury.

While he emphasizes that karate cannot substitute for the values and self-confidence that parents ought to be imparting at home, Nottingham, a sixth-degree blackbelt and founder of the USA Martial Arts and Nottingham Sword & Shield Security, points out that acquiring this kind of self-discipline can help children to grow and develop both physically and mentally.

“Parents have to teach values,” Nottingham explains. “But there is something called ‘karate confidence’ that comes from discipline, and these are the things we teach. Karate demands truth, courage, sincerity, perseverance, justice and concentration. If the children become involved in our confidence building martial arts school, it positively influences them for a lifetime. We equip children to have the ability and inner-strength to back up the values that parents teach at home.

“Many kinds of children come to study karate. Some are angry and violent. Some are fearful or shy. Some are physically weak or overweight. All became stronger and more healthy through our martial arts program. We make good kids even better.”

At Nottingham’s Paradise Valley Martial Arts dojo on a typical evening, boys and girls as young as 3 join in the training. “Each person is different and our instructors look for ways to bring out their gifts and develop talents while encouraging good attitude, character and making it fun,” says Nottingham.

Children begin with a personal development message like responsibility, then warm-ups, and leg stretches. Nottingham stands at the head of the class, performing kicks and punches that inspire awe in the kids. By the end of the class, boys and girls are paired off by size, their pint-size bodies rushing with adrenaline as they smile, punch, and kick with astounding confidence.

“Children are different than adults, having a shorter attention span and learn differently,” says Nottingham. “It’s a matter finding creative and fun ways to teach integrity, self control and concentration. We call it edutainment.”

“I don’t just want to teach them technique,” he notes, “I want to teach them how to excel in any endeavor, believe in themselves as leaders and develop healthy, safer habits. Our program teaches goal setting and instills self discipline in an encouraging manner. This is why so many of our children are so often are recruited by sports coaches and go on to receive scholarships for University.”

Today more than 40 million people worldwide practice martial art, for health and exercise, but it retains its edge. Karate Confidence, USA Martial Arts instructors teach, is the best way to avoid a confrontation.

USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley new school Confidence Karate Class for children has convenient schedules even for the busiest families from Monday through Saturday at the Tatum and Greenway location. For more information, call 602.896.8721 or visit