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7 Unexpected Benefits of Martial Arts Lessons

June 30, 2010

Many people begin martial arts just to satisfy an interest or get involved in a positive, healthy activity. Here are 7 unexpected benefits students report martial arts has given them.

1. Quality family time
In todays fast paced world, Martial Arts provides an opportunity for structured quality time together as a family. From building lasting memories to having a healthy activity in common, few things are more powerful than to see a family earn Black Belts together.

2. Education
Students are often amazed at how much they learn about history, science and culture. The study of martial arts makes education come alive and awakens our curiosity with its fascinating role in history, use of bio-mechanics, mental development and more.

3. New friendships and positive relationships
From making new friends to developing positive peer relationships, martial arts practice provides a support system that enhances the quality of life. Students develop life long friendships that support a healthy lifestyle, virtue and positive choices.

4. Expanded world view
Martial Arts students learn about a variety of cultures and discover the richness and beauty of each. Our students even have opportunities to study and train in Asia and immerse themselves in different experiences.

5. Happiness and joy
You can see it on the smiling faces of the students. Martial Arts leads to a healthier lifestyle, a more positive outlook and fun experiences that lead to happiness and joy. That comes from a sense of pride, contentment and feeling good about yourself. Reducing stress, martial arts students experience calmness and peace, the rewards of self-discipline and a strong mind and healthy, fit body.

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5 Reasons USA Martial Arts Transforms Lives

June 30, 2010

1. Outstanding role models
USA Martial Arts instructors are specially selected for their character, discipline and ability to teach. They lead by example. Although we have Martial Arts Champions as instructors, we believe that living a life of honor and integrity is even more important.

2. Honor culture
Our entire school culture is built on a foundation of honor. From the moment students walk through the school door they learn how to show and earn respect. This is apparent in how USA Martial Arts students treat others, to the courtesy they demonstrate outside the school in daily life.

3. Individual attention
USA Martial Arts instructors are some of the most caring and professional instructors you or your child will probably ever meet. They make a point to treat each person with individual respect. The instructors go the extra mile to find and develop the strengths of each student, increasing their confidence along with self defense skills.

4. Positive peer group
Students are far more likely to succeed at USA Martial Arts in work and life because they are a part of a unique fraternity of other students. They make positive friendships that enrich daily life, lead to opportunities and some have even met the love-of-their-life on our mat.

5. Black Belt Success System
The proven Black Belt Success System gives USA Martial Arts students an edge in achieving greater fitness because the training evolves, unlike a gym. Martial Arts also instills discipline and self control to achieve greater results. Not only that but the goal setting and rewards system means more students rise to the legendary Black Belt rank.

Success Stories and the Truth About USA Martial Arts

“I passed on six other schools to attend USA Martial Arts…”

“I’d like to know the percentage of Martial Arts schools that honestly and sincerely teach virtue, code of honor, etc. and back it up in the behavior of the staff and students. That’s why I chose USA Martial Arts when I was looking for a school to enroll my son back in January 2000. I passed six other Do Jang’s to drive to Scottsdale because of the balanced emphasis on character and what I saw in the instructors. There were certainly more choices closer to home, but I had seen abuses of martial arts by some students and questionable judgment by some instructors. I know a school is not entirely responsible for the behavior of it’s students outside of class, but there is some connection. USA Martial Arts DRILLS character. And they lead by EXAMPLE. Thank you for that!”

-Ms. Karen Tucker, Mother of Carson, Scottsdale/Fountain Hills

What Makes USA Martial Arts of Paradise Valley So Good For Kids?

June 29, 2010

Awesome Instructors like Robert Summers!

Black Belt Instructor Robert Summers

One step into USA Martial Arts and you will feel the energy. If he isn't quickly greeting you at the door with an enthusiastic smile you will see he is probably leading a high energy class filled with happy students.

Mr. Summers is not only a passionate teacher but a super Dad as well. But that's not all…

Mr. Robert Summers
Mr. Robert Summers is a 1st Degree Black Belt in USA Martial Arts. Awarded Instructor of the Year 2009, Apprentice of the Year 2008, he has also headed up security details for events such as Phoenix Suns Charities and others. Mr. Summers has also assisted in training US Military forces in defensive tactics.

Instructor Robert Summers at Charity Breakathon Holding Boards for Children

Mr. Summers began Martial Arts training earning rank in American Kenpo and has studied numerous arts and fighting systems including JKD Concepts, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Shamrock Submission Fighting (SSF) and Hapkido.

Instructor Summers with Master Chris Lopez

Mr. Summers holds the distinction of being one of the few qualified and selected for a special leadership apprentice martial arts training program. Mr. Summers is a graduate or certificate holder in the following:

Defensive Tactics/Officers Survival
Level 1: Restraint and Control non-lethal use of force security training
Level 2: Last Resort Weapons Disarms
Security procedures
Spontaneous Edged Weapon defense and disarms
Last Resort Situational Response Tactics
Tactical weapons
Tactical Security Handgun
Lissajous Do Ryu Advanced Nunchaku Weapons System
VIPER Personal Protection Level I
Mixed Martial Arts Submission Fighting
Coach certified 3rd Class
Arrest and Control Tactics
Shamrock Submission Fighting (SSF)
Escrima/Arnis FMA Baton and Stick/Double Stick Tactics
Mr. Summers has attended seminars and trained with renowned experts such as: Dan “The Beast” Severn, Master Roland Osborne, Shihan Dan Abbott, Grand Master Roy Williams, Grand Master Richard Na, Masters Brett Lechtenberg, Russel Wright, Brian Van Patten, Chris Lopez, and Kenny Perez.

Robert Summers with UFC Champ Dan "The Beast" Severn

He is respected by students and parents as one who leads by example. An award-winning Black Belt, Mr. Summer’s commitment to training, research and study have earned him a reputation for in his exciting classes and entertaining demonstrations. Mr. Summers is also an active supporter of the child abuse prevention charity Break The Chain Foundation. He is admired for his uncompromised devotion and selfless service to USA Martial Arts and students.

“Mr. Summers passion for martial arts shows on the smiling faces of our men, women and children students. His energy and emphasis character development make him a winner with children and parents alike. We have stacks of letters from parents raving about the positive changes they’ve seen in their children due to Mr. Summers teaching and example.” – John Nottingham | Owner USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley | Scottsdale

Awarded BEST OF PHOENIX 2010

Come see what everyone is talking about and meet Mr. Summers. Find out why USA Martial Arts PV is the fastest growing martial arts school in Phoenix and take a free class.


Develop Calmness of Mind, Practical Ability, and an Indomitable Spirit

June 29, 2010

John Nottingham USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley Arizona

Develop Calmness of Mind, Practical Ability, and an Indomitable Spirit. We provide professional instruction in an environment of Courtesy, Integrity, Responsibility, and Self Discipline.

Men, Women and Children’s Martial Arts Classes in Phoenix
Training with USA Martial Arts will provide you with lifetime skills that will allow you to realize your potential. We train students and members in all ages and conditions.

Progressive Instruction While Honoring Tradition

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Kids Martial Arts and Karate in Scottsdale Arizona

June 28, 2010

Why Do Parents Bring Their Kids to USA Martial Arts?

Four Main Reasons
> Concentration & Focus
> Self Discipline
> Self Confidence
> Self Defense

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> Over the past 25 years, USA Martial Arts has helped thousands of children increase the Concentration/Focus, Self Discipline and overall Self Confidence while teaching them how to defend themselves.
> USA Martial Arts Classes are taught in a Safe, Fun and Exciting environment.
> We begin by teaching Self Discipline, or what we call an Indomitable Spirit. Self Discipline helps children achieve and Achievement develops Confidence.
> At USA Martial Arts, We Help Kids Develop a Healthy Mind and Body.

Q: How old does my child have to be to start?
A: Children can start from 4 years of age and up. Our classes are divided by age group.

Q: Will my child become more aggressive?
A: NO. Children who learn self defense become less aggressive and more ASSERTIVE.


USA Martial Arts is located at the South West Corner of Greenway and Tatum road in Paradise Valley Phoenix next to Scottsdale. USA Martial Arts teaches a very special Mixed Martial Arts Self Defense (not sport fighting) curriculum deeply rooted in traditional Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu and teaches with a very modern approach that is fun for all ages.
“Families That Kick Together Stick Together!”

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Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu for Kids in Phoenix AZ

June 27, 2010

Lil’ Tigers Program (Ages 4-6)
Our special martial arts blend of Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu and Gymnastics For the Little Samurai’s and Ninja’s in Your Family!

The ages of 4-6 are important years of a child’s development. The skills learned in our Lil’ Tigers children’s martial arts program will help them enter society with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook. They will become better students at school, better listeners at home and more ambitious towards the future. Your child will have fun while learning a wide variety of skills all within a safe and exciting environment.

Children that participate in our Lil’ Tigers children’s martial arts program get an ideal blend of fun and learning. We provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for parents who wish to ensure that their child develops confidence fundamental skills for success, while having an exciting and healthy adventure along the way.

Confidence Camp Arizona

Taekwondo | Karate | Kung Fu | Gymnastics

All classes are broken into smaller sections. This allows children to grasp every element before moving on. Their confidence increases each time something new is learned. In addition, your child will earn patches recognizing attendance, achievement and good behavior. All of our exercises have been carefully designed to help develop hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Through our philosophy of positive reinforcement and through interaction with instructors and other children, your child will develop the security and confidence to thrive in new situations. They’ll be more focused and attentive, and equipped to do their very best in school and be their very best in all aspects of their lives.

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USA Martial Arts Benefits for your Child
Taekwondo | Karate | Kung Fu | Gymnastics

Life Skills
Focus, teamwork, self discipline, self control, basic child safety concepts, respect, confidence, and listening skills

Physical Skills
Balance, hand-eye coordination, foundational self defense concepts, stamina, flexibility

Ultimate Birthday Party

and give yourself a break!

USA Martial Arts
4757 E. Greenway Rd., Suite #107A
Phoenix, AZ, 85032
SW Corner of Tatum & Greenway

Phone: 602-896-USA1 (8721)

Group, private training, demonstrations and seminars available on site and off site.

Summer Camps | Birthday Parties | School Talks | Bully Prevention

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4 Great Reasons Parents Love to Bring Their Kids To Classes

June 25, 2010

Try It Free with no obligation

For over 25 years we’ve been helping boys and girls…

1. Get Physically Fit
2. Achieve Self Confidence
3. Improve Social Skills
4. Learn To Be Safe

SIGN UP NOW! Kids can get fit and come home safe!

At USA Martial Arts our Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu programs for kids involves instruction that teaches the basic fundamentals of self-defense along with building personal development in such areas of integrity, self-control, confidence, perseverance,respect loyalty and self-esteem. All classes are taught using the most safe, fun and exciting instruction methods available. Your child will actively participate in every class to obtain their goals. This is a great way for your kids to get exercise, learn to succeed, improve their social skills, and have fun!

Parents Are Thrilled About The Progress Their Kids Make…

“USA Martial Arts is the best thing we’ve ever done for our kids.” -Dr. T. Lukavsky

“The change in my son is amazing. He lost weight and is gaining confidence at every class. The instructors are amazing!!!! Thanks USA Martial Arts!” -Karen C., Mother, Scottsdale

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USA Martial Arts Offers Classes For Both Kids and Adults In Karate, Taekwondo, Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defense, Kickboxing, IMPACT [our version of Krav Maga], and Jeet Kune Do Throughout Arizona.

Our Programs For Kids Help Your Children Get Physically Fit, Achieve Self-Confidence, Improve Social Skills and Learn How To Be Safe! Our Programs For Adults Provide Physical Fitness and Self-Defense With Classes In Traditional Martial Arts, Kickboxing and IMPACT [safer version of Krav Maga].

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What Are USA Martial Arts Instructor’s Qualifications?

June 24, 2010

Screening and Background Checks
We do more training and screening than any other martial arts school in the country – and more than most schools do for full time teachers. Instructors at USA Martial arts are hand picked by the Master Instructor. They must possess uncompromising character, integrity and a lead by example work ethic.

Experienced Black Belts -Trained to Teach
You won’t find color belts teaching classes at USA Martial Arts, only mature, senior Black Belts with training in communication and how to teach age specific groups. Many hold State, national or international champion titles as well.

Outstanding Role Models
Instructors are held to the highest standard and expected to be role models outside of the school as well. They are tobacco free and careful in their thoughts, words and actions so you can trust they are good examples to your children. Each instructor must also pass a security-grade background investigation. They must also perform community service requirements and donate their time to charitable events such as self-defense training clinics or school presentations for children.

Lead by Example
You won’t see out of shape, unhealthy instructors barking about self discipline at USA Martial Arts. Instead, you will notice that our instructors are fit, healthy and set a positive example of a healthy, fit, martial arts lifestyle. They also emphasize academic excellence, self discipline, courtesy and respect. Instructors who fail to live up to such standards are removed and stripped of the USA Martial Arts brand.

Unparalleled Training
Our professional certified instructors must first pass our Instructors Academy and are sword to a professional code. They then go through well over 500 hours of supervised training, take extensive written exams and are CPR, AED and Pediatric First Aid certified.

Ongoing Education and Training
USA Martial Arts instructors are required to continue being martial arts students. You won’t catch them up in front of a class with their thumbs in their belts. You’ll notice that they are leading by example, demonstrating and helping students get the individual attention they need to succeed.

Caring Individuals with Amazing Patience
Our Instructors know the importance of treating each student like he or she is the most important student we will ever have. They will always be positive and constructively helpful – never harshly critical or publicly negative with a student.

Plus our instructors will take the time to find the best way for each student to learn. Students are each unique and have their own learning channels, strengths and abilities. Our instructors will give that extra attention as part of our memberships, no special fee required. (Other schools up-sell students into private training that we include.)

National and International Training With Champions and Experts
Our instructors also attend annual training events with the industries leaders to keep their martial arts and instructor skills sharp. You can be assured that you are getting the latest training and innovations along with our time-tested USA Martial Arts Black Belt Success System.

Partners in Parenting and Education
USA Martial Arts also involves parents to get ongoing feedback on how our Karate Kids are doing at home, school and in life. We’re partners with parents and in education to ensure our students succeed in all areas.

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How One Phoenix Martial Arts School Develops Character and Confidence in Children

June 20, 2010

USA Martial Arts students learn a unique character development and leadership program that gives children an edge in school and life. How?

1. Personal responsibility
It starts with learning that everything in a martial arts school is earned through merit. Each student wears a plain white uniform and starts at white belt as a sign of humility and equality. For safety and to create a learning environment, the ego must get checked at the door. It is not a fashion show or popularity contest. One earns respect through sweat equity, character and excellence. In our traditional structure, one cannot buy advancement or favor with an instructor and must earn every belt, stripe and recognition through behavior, hard work, character and discipline. Each student is responsible for being on time, in a clean uniform, and accountable for actions.
In martial arts, once you are properly taught, you cannot blame someone for your responsibilities. In our Academy you are promoted on merit and held back for more training if you need the time to improve. This is all accomplished in a gentle way without drill sergeant mentality or boot camp attitudes. Our actions are always in the best interest of the student and his or her safety. Our Instructors use influence rather than authority to encourage students to make positive choices.

2. Self-Discipline
Students are responsible for coming to class – even on days when they do not feel like it. This is the most important day to attend because it builds self-discipline. Martial arts teaches good old-fashioned stick-to-itiveness. Students quickly learn that discipline is like a muscle and the more it is exercised, the stronger it gets. It also adds up to great achievements, personal victories and joy in life. Quickly it transcends the martial arts school and permeates into all areas of life such as school or work. Students learn to persevere, finish what they start, and work towards worthwhile accomplishments. Most of the time students can’t wait to get to class because they love to be in such a positive, fun environment.

3. Goal setting
Our students learn the value of goal setting and working patiently and diligently toward their goals. “The goals we set are the goals we get!” The proven color belt (Kyu/Keub) and degree (Dan) rank system give students clearly established goals and recognition for achievement.
From fitness, weight loss, improved grades, to self-defense or even developing inner-strength, the belt system provides short-term goals that add up to long-term achievements like Black Belt and legendary self-defense capability. This is powerful for children as they learn to visualize their dreams and through hard work and small steps that they can achieve great things like education.
Instructors mentor students to help bring out their best, even if it means telling them the harsh truth by giving honest feedback. Accurate feedback is the breakfast of champions but our instructors are always encouraging and constructive.

4. Patriotism and Citizenship
Our students learn that the freedoms and liberties we enjoy are paid for by the heroes before us. At the start and end of each class, students are immersed in a respect culture that honors the country that allows us the privilege of practicing martial arts. At each major event, all students and guests recite the pledge of allegiance and we take time to honor those who have served. These things instill a sense of patriotism in each student. USA Martial Arts students have also been involved in numerous fund-raisers for fallen soldiers and Police officers. At advanced levels, students also learn forms (patterns) with accompanying lessons that pay tribute to American Patriots. Not only are they learning history, but they learn to appreciate an American heritage. Students learn the rewards of contributing to their community and the virtue of service above self. This also gives them a sense of contribution, pride and belonging.

5. Leadership
Students are immersed in a leadership culture. From the belt rank hierarchy of earning senior positions through time, merit and knowledge, students find that leadership in in USA Martial Arts must be by example. One of our favorite sayings is, “Who you are speaks so loudly, nobody can hear a word you’re saying.” Our leadership life skills program explicitly and implicitly equip students for achievement at any level from student government to corporate america and international business. We believe that our leadership program is one of the reasons why so many of our students have earned scholarships and been accepted to prestigious universities.

6. Manners
“Who is an honorable person? One who honors.”
Our students are taught that respect is earned through manners. From the moment a student walks in they are imbued with our honor code. From eye contact, a firm handshake, to bowing and word choice, students are encouraged to be courteous and conscientious. Everywhere USA Martial Arts students have traveled [including China, Korea and others] and trained we hear how impressed people are with our students manners. It has opened many doors and opportunities to our students as well as been a mark of class and distinction. Good manners and observing etiquette are a mark of distinction and class which indicate a level of wisdom and education.

7. Culture
Students learn culture and history from experiencing it first hand and being exposed to different facets of life in other places. This gives our students a firm foundation in education as well as incentive evaluate our own place in the world and appreciating the remarkable variety throughout the world. USA Martial Arts students also have the opportunity for cultural exchange like when the Korean Eagle Demo Team comes to the USA and our students can have them come to their home as a host family. Lifelong friendships are formed and it enriches the quality of life.

8. Language
From Korean, Chinese, Japanese to latin, USA Martial Arts students have a clear edge in their martial arts education. Some of our four year olds have amazed their teachers and fellow students at school by being able to count to 10 in three languages or greet students from other countries.

9. Self defense
We are proud to teach a traditional martial arts curriculum. However, our self-defense system is cutting edge and constantly updated to meet the needs of present day threats and dangers. One of the unique aspects of our self-defense curriculum is that it is developed by a bodyguard, security and law enforcement trainer. Our practical reality based protection is highly effective on the streets for the average person and works under stress when there are no rules. From learning to see trouble in advance and avoiding it, to learning to control situations with physical intervention tactics, students learn how dominate hostile situations and protect themselves and others. Plus, nothing beats a bully like a Black Belt with inner strength, confidence and the ability to protect themselves and others.

10. How to handle stress, fear and develop self-control.
Students at USA Martial Arts have an outlet to reduce stress and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Rather than jumping on the latest fad yo-yo diets, Martial Arts students make healthy eating and activity a part of their lifestyle. It’s not only healthier for the heart – it’s lots of fun.

USA Martial Arts students learn these lessons through our traditional martial arts program along with modern, reality-based self-defense applications.
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USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley, Scottsdale Phoenix AZ
Building Self Defense, Character and Confidence through the martial arts of Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwondo, Fitness, Bully prevention, Gymnasts, Skill Development, Sports Skills, Summer & Holiday Camps, Summer Camps, A safe-haven For Children Ages 4 To 12 Years Old